VIEO Inc., a developer of software for Infiniband servers, has topped off its first round of funding with another $4 million from strategic investors BMC Software Inc.
and Dell Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: DELL).
The input brings VIEO's total funding to $24 million. An initial round of $20 million, secured in January, came from Audax Venture Capital, OneLiberty Ventures, and TL Ventures, which led the round.
The new input from BMC and Dell appears to be a vote of confidence in both VIEO and Infiniband.
Infiniband is a new bus architecture designed to create faster links among servers, storage devices, and the Internet by replacing a server or switch's PCI bus with a standalone network device. This tack has the potential to free server system processors to handle data instead of I/O tasks (see InfiniBand in the Spotlight).
"The existing I/O bus is reaching its ceiling, according to Steve Harriman, VP of marketing at VIEO. Theres a limit to how many more cards you can plug in to add more storage devices. Infiniband, he says, will enable companies to deploy a "switched fabric I/O," in which storage capacity and bandwidth can be "dropped into" a network as needed, without having to worry about server upgrades.