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Marathon Runs Off With $12M

Virtualization specialist Marathon Technologies picked up $12 million in Series B funding today as the vendor plans to expand into disaster recovery and grow its international operations. (See Marathon Gets $12M.)

The round, which brings the startup's total funding to $26 million, was led by Sierra Ventures, and also included Atlas Venture and Longworth Venture Partners.

Marathon CEO Gary Phillips told Byte and Switch that a sizeable chunk of the new money will go to product development. "One of the decisions that I made when I came here a couple of years ago was to extend our product line," he says. "We're looking to expand our product into areas like disaster recovery." The exec refused to divulge roadmap specifics, adding only that this will involve "a renewed push around server consolidation and blades."

Although Marathon describes itself as a virtualization player, the startup should not be confused with the likes of VMware and Virtual Iron, which create virtual machines on individual physical servers. (See VMware to Spin Out, Vendors Push Virtual Security, Virtual Iron Announces 3.5, and Virtual Iron Inks iSCSI Deal.)

Instead, Marathon's everRun High Availability (HA) runs across two x86 servers, with the goal of offering application redundancy and failover for databases and similar systems. (See Virtualization Startups Gain Steam, Marathon Intros EverRun, and Marathon, TimeSpring Team.) The software creates a virtual Windows server environment where the application is installed, operated, and managed. The two servers then appear to the application as a single standalone server, with just one identity and IP address.

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