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Grid Startup Seeded

Software startup eXludus Technologies Inc. has clinched $1.22 million in seed financing as it prepares to emerge from stealth and launch its first grid products later in the summer.

Brightspark Ventures and Propulsion Ventures Inc. took part in the round, which will support the rollout of eXluduss flagship RepliCator software.

eXludus [ed. note: not to be confused with a rehab of the same name] was founded in January 2004 by Benoit Marchand, a former Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) (NYSE: SGI) exec. He is now the eXludus CEO.

Marchand was unwilling to give NDCF full details on the startup’s technology although he confirmed that the first release, which is slated for August or September, will transfer data from one part of a grid to another. RepliCator will move data to the node, or processor, before it is actually needed, avoiding the bottlenecks caused when a number of devices require data at the same time.

A later release will use policies to manage the movement of grid data amongst nodes. The software also will link up with technologies for dispatching "jobs" or workloads across a grid, such as Sun's Grid Engine and Platform Computing’s LSF. Marchand maintains that RepliCator will also work with distributed file systems from the likes of Sun and EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC). (See EMC Launches High-End NAS and Sun Pushes Into NAS .) He says the startup is already talking to a number of vendors in this space.

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