CloudPhysics gets $15M to provide analytics for VMware users

Data analytics company CloudPhysics raised $15 million in a series C investment round, bringing the company’s total funding to $27.5 million. The company’s predictive analytics platform will supposedly make life easier for users of a VMware environment by providing a way for IT staff to get better insights on how their virtual infrastructure is performing.

The problem facing organizations that invest in a virtualized platform is the fact that loading up multiple services like virtual servers or virtual networks can create a tangled web that “cannot be managed without a new form of systems management,” said CloudPhysics CEO John Blumenthal. The CloudPhysics service manages all these resources and ingests and analyzes data so that IT staff can pinpoint potential problems that may be hindering performance.

Picture detailing CloudPhysics interface

Picture detailing CloudPhysics interface

Users install a virtual appliance that collects data and sends it to CloudPhysics’s cloud servers — hosted on Amazon’s EC2 cloud — where CloudPhysics’s algorithms do the heavy legwork and generate analytics that detail performance-related metrics as well as even predict how system resources will behave in the future.

The three-year-old company plans to go on a hiring spree after this growth round, as well as continuing to its analytics platform — especially when it comes to storage. The latter is a real sore spot for virtual environments, Blumenthal said. He’s no stranger to VMware; he worked at the virtualization giant as a director of storage product management from 2006 through 2011, when he left to become a co-founder of CloudPhysics.

Jafco Ventures led this investment round along with previous investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mayfield Fund.

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