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Arch Rock

Wireless technology startup Arch Rock Corp. has clinched $5 million in Series A funding to support the development of sensor technology to protect servers and storage. The round, which included New Enterprise Associates, Shasta Ventures, and Intel Capital, is Arch Rock's first foray into VC funding.

The company was founded last year by David Culler, a professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and Wei Hong, the former principal investigator at Intel Research. Culler is now Arch Rock's CTO, and Hong serves as the startup's vice president of engineering.

Arch Rock is focused on the power and cooling issues that are currently the bane of IT managers' lives. With the rise of ultra-dense blade servers over the last few years, many CIOs are struggling to cope with a set of new heat and power demands. (See Data Center Heat Wave, It's All Cool, Battling With Blades, and NewEnergy Chops Its Blades.)

Arch Rock claims to offer specialized sensors attached to servers and storage devices that can measure for heat and power spikes. Data from the sensors is then reported back to IT managers via a wireless network.

"Data centers are probably the most acute place where temperature, airflow, and heat dissipation are critical to the equipment," explains Culler. "This technology gives you the opportunity to take information from the physical world and bring it into the rest of the environment."

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