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Nirvanix Nabs $12M

Nirvanix clinched $12 million in series B funding today as the startup prepares to take aim at Amazon in the hosted storage services market.

The round, which was led by Mission Ventures and Valhalla Partners, also included Windward Ventures. It brings Nirvanix's total funding to $14.5 million.

Nirvanix, which picked up $2.5 million from angel investors and research grants from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, is one of a number of vendors pushing outsourcing as the solution to users' data storage woes.

Like rival Amazon's S3 service, Nirvanix charges a set monthly fee for the amount of data stored on its hardware, which can be accessed via the Web by customers. The startup's Storage Delivery Network (SDN) is a 2-Pbyte storage cluster spread across three "nodes" housed in U.S. colocation facilities.

With the series B burning a hole in his pocket, Nirvanix CEO and co-founder Patrick Harr is hoping to more than quadruple this infrastructure over the next 12 months. "We expect that we will have 12 to 15 nodes," he says, adding that some of these will be in Europe and Asia. "We have some specific sites in mind, but we haven't publicly announced those."

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