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Cloverleaf Stakes Fresh Claim

With new funding and an enhanced product, virtualization supplier takes new aim at storage

Cloverleaf Communications Inc. has scored $11 million in a third round of funding, and it's planning a fresh attack on the storage networking market.

Maybe it will be easier this time. Since emerging from stealth in 2003, the startup, based in Southborough, Mass., with R&D in Israel, has had to struggle to define itself to potential customers (see Cloverleaf Climbs Out).

Part of the problem is that Cloverleaf's product, the Intelligent Storage Networking (iSN) system, does a lot. It's an in-band virtualization platform that provides data migration, consolidation, thin provisioning, scaleability beyond traditional SAN and NAS, and simplified management of heterogeneous networks -- for block- and file-based storage.

Oh, and did we mention quality-of-service for storage networking?

On one hand, Cloverleaf has trumpeted all this. On the other, it has resisted those who would label the iSN a "God box" or "virtualization platform."

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