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Illumita Lights Up With Series A

Stealth-mode startup illumita, which is backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is developing a new form of virtualization that it claims will ease the strain on CIOs and IT managers.

The Seattle, Wash.-based firm recently completed a Series A funding round, backed by Madrona Venture Group, Ignition Partners, the Washington Research Foundation and the Amazon supremo's Bezos Expeditions investment fund.

Born out of a project of the computer science department at the University of Washington, the firm is developing a form of Internet-based virtualization. "It's helping organizations move some or all of their data center virtualization operations off-site," explains CEO Steve Brodie, adding that this will encompass both server and storage virtualization.

"There's a number of different places where companies could leverage this technology to increase efficiency [and] to reduce cost," he said.

The CEO refused to reveal specific details of what the company's products will look like, although he did confirm that illumita's core technology involves remote support for virtual machines (VMs). This will be offered as some form of Internet-based managed service.

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