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Tonian Systems, Israel-Massachusetts start-up working on virtualization software, attracts seed funding

Posted by Scott Kirsner  July 7, 2011 01:33 PM

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I wish I knew more about Tonian Systems, a stealthy virtualization start-up that raised about $1 million in seed funding last month from Charles River Ventures and Cedar Fund. But here's what I do know:

- Tonian's co-founders are Sharon Azulai and Adam Kaplan. Danit Segev, Tonian's recently-hired vice president of R&D, previously ran R&D for NetApp in Israel.

- Kaplan says the company intends to remain in stealth mode for a while. But "I can tell you that we are developing software in the enterprise infrastructure and virtualization space," he writes via e-mail.

- The small team is split between Charles River's Waltham office and Israel. LinkedIn lists four employees, but Kaplan suggests there are more, without being specific.

- The company plans to set up its engineering team in Israel, but have key management and marketing executives in Massachusetts.

- Bruce Sachs led the investment for Charles River; Motti Vaknin for Cedar.

- Kaplan says that Tonian took its name from the Tonian era, a geologic period that lasted for about 150 million years. "We plan to be around for a long time and create a new Tonian era," Kaplan writes.

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