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Sepaton VCs Raise Their Bid

With an OEM partnership with Hewlett-Packard starting to bear fruit, Sepaton got another boost of momentum today in the form of $15 million in VC funding to fuel product development. (See HP Integrates Sepaton.)

Sepaton CEO Mike Worhach says he plans to add developers to incorporate content awareness,” into the startup’s virtual tape library (VTL) software. In other words, he wants to tune the software to work better with specific applications. He expects Sepaton’s next product release in December.

He won’t give details, but some think it will include hardware-based compression that Sepaton has been promising. (See Sepaton Goes Standard on VTL .) Sepaton’s roadmap also includes remote site backup.

VTL uses the same backup software as tape, but backs up to disk for faster backup-and-restore times. Sepaton sells its VTL software on a RAID-based hardware platform. HP uses Sepaton's software on its own hardware, which it sells as HP StorageWorks 6000 Virtual Library. (See HP Bundles Up With MS.) Worhach says his customer base has more than doubled since the HP deal and now is close to 150.

“Our biggest issue is we’re still small, we don’t have the outreach,” Worhach says. “HP’s helped tremendously there.”

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