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Atlantis Computing Gets $20 Million

The funding will be used to accelerate the company’s worldwide expansion

The money boys have carved off a $20 million slice for Atlantis Computing’s D round. That makes $35 million altogether.

The round was led by new backer Adams Street Partners with existing investors Cisco, El Dorado Ventures and Partech International kicking in. The funding will be used to accelerate the company’s worldwide expansion.

Atlantis is the outfit whose unique ILIO storage optimization widgetry enables both VMware View Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and virtualized XenApp to run entirely in-memory without physical storage. The technology is going to be available for cloud-scale deployments of virtual servers such as databases, collaboration and mail servers soon.

Atlantis claims to be behind the largest and most successful desktop virtualization deployments in the world. It says it’s more than tripled its customer base over the past year, and now has over 250 customers with more than 300,000 licenses sold.

The company was started in 2006 and in 2010 took in its first venture round although according to CEO Bernard Harguindeguy it has funded its growth from its revenues, which reportedly quadrupled in the last two years.

Atlantis is supposed to lower the cost of virtual desktops to below a PC’s, make virtual desktops faster than a PC and enable customers to deploy VDI without compromising security.

It believes its solution fundamentally changes the economics and performance characteristics of VDI by intelligently optimizing how Windows operating systems interact with VDI storage.

Customers can simplify VDI and enable persistent or non-persistent desktops with up to 90% less storage, making it possible to use any type of storage for VDI including SAN, NAS or local disk (SATA, SAS, SSD).

ILIO’s patent-pending I/O virtualization technology is delivered as an appliance that transparently consolidates desktop images and offloads I/Ointensive Windows operations from VDI storage.

The widgetry eliminates dependence on high-performance/close proximity storage so any application can reportedly run and scale on-demand with any storage – effectively decoupling the application from storage just like the hypervisor decoupled the application from the server hardware. It addresses the challenges of storage-intensive applications in private and public clouds.

Earlier this year, the company released Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0, the first solution to enable Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View customers to deliver persistent virtual desktops that are cheaper and faster than physical PCs right away while using their existing images, tools and processes.

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