There are no household names here, no billion-dollar businesses with systems carrying million-dollar pricetags. The focus is squarely on innovative software and hardware that enhances the flexibility of IT organizations. It includes the likes of Ocarino Networks, a stealth mode vendor planning to release data compression technology for both primary and backup storage devices.
Then there's Qlusters which has the goods to take on giants like HP and IBM with open-source management and provisioning software that spans virtual and physical systems. More than $30 million in funding suggests this will be a company to reckon with.
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