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UXComm Plux 6 Million Bux

UXComm, a software startup that claims to provide management capabilities across storage, network, and computer blade environments, announced today that it has received $6 million in first-round funding (see UXComm Closes $6M Series A).

OVP Venture Partners and Foundation Capital participated in the round. "Blade architecture represents the next big wave on how computers are being built," OVP partner Dave Chen writes in an email.

UXComm says it will use the cash to accelerate development of its XTend Management software, which is currently being beta tested by four companies, including telecoms and equipment vendors. The company expects to start shipping its software in November.

The startup's Xtend software can either be embedded in the individual devices (such as a Fibre Channel blade) or reside in the control plane. It monitors and controls network, data center, and storage environments, using policy-based automation, according to company CEO Rob Gowens, who calls the capability "cross-domain provisioning."

"The very roots of the company have been about 'cross-domain-ness,' " he says. "Thats the unifying nature of what we do." [Ed. note: We think we saw the E! special on cross-domain-ness. Wacky!]

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