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Server virtualization startup Scalent has picked up $15 million in Series C funding as the vendor looks to expand into Europe and maybe tap into demand from the likes of Google and Amazon. (See Google Groans Under Data Strain and Follow the Amazon.)

The round, which brings the startup's total funding to $37 million, was led by Credit Suisse. Hummer Winblad, JK&B Capital, and Pequot Capital also took part.

Most of Scalent's 40-strong workforce are in the U.S., although Kevin Epstein, the vendor's vice president of marketing, says the Series C will help establish a foothold on the other side of the Atlantic. "We don't have as formal a presence in Europe as we would like -- we need to scale up our sales operations," he explains.

The exec refused to reveal exactly how many new staff are coming on board, and admits that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based vendor has not yet decided where in Europe to open offices.

Scalent's flagship offering is its Virtual Operating Environment (V/OE) software. V/OE, which runs on Intel X86 or AMD-based machines, installs an agent on each physical server, and according to Epstein, can shift the server infrastructure from one part of a data center to another. This could mean, for example, moving a server's operating system, network IP addresses, and storage HBA data over to another server for disaster recovery purposes.

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