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Fortisphere Gets $10M

Secretive stealth-mode startup Fortisphere picked up $10 million in funding today to bankroll its efforts to manage multiple virtual machines.

The Series A round, which was led by Fairhaven Capital Partners and Globespan Capital Partners, will be used to develop the vendor's soon-to-be-launched Virtual Essentials software.

Although the software suite will not be available until the first quarter of next year, Fortisphere's CEO Mike Harper told Byte and Switch that Virtual Essentials will address the challenge of managing multiple VMs.

"There's a significant problem with [VM] reporting," he says, explaining that users often have a tough time finding out whether their VMs are in compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes Oxley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

There will be two main software components to Virtual Essentials, according to Harper. The first, Virtual Insight, is a "device driver" that lets IT managers track the movements of a virtual machine on which it's installed. The second, Virtual Foresight, actually manages the VM via a virtual appliance that communicates with the device driver.

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