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GridApp Grabs $5M

Database management startup GridApp Systems Inc. has raised $5 million in Series A financing to support the rollout of its database virtualization software.

The round was led by Ascend Venture Group and included Advantage Capital Partners. The funds will be used to boost GridApps sales and marketing efforts.

GridApp’s flagship product is Clarity, a software package that uses virtualization to manage database performance. It works with Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) 8, 9i, 10g, and Real Application Clusters (RAC); IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) DB2; and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) SQL Server.

Clarity runs on a central management server and automatically installs an agent on remote database servers, essentially creating a grid for sharing capacity, says Robert Gardos, GridApp’s chief executive officer. Using Clarity, an IT manager can place Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) data onto capacity reserved for a data warehouse, for instance, in order to support fluctuating e-commerce workloads.

Clarity, which was launched earlier this year, was originally sold as part of the startup’s D2500 database appliance, an IBM BladeCenter device pre-packaged with GridApp software.

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