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Tonian Systems, stealthy start-up working on storage software, adds $5 million in funding from Charles River and Cedar Fund

Posted by Scott Kirsner  October 25, 2011 11:19 AM

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The founders of Tonian Systems are boasting that they've raised another $5 million, but still aren't saying much else about what their start-up is doing. The new funding comes from Charles River Ventures and Cedar Fund, which provided $1 million in seed funding earlier this year.

When I asked co-founder and business development chief Adam Kaplan about the problem that Tonian is trying to solve, and the customers it will target, I got one sentence back by e-mail: "Tonian is developing a unified storage solution that solves the misalignment that occurs within enterprises when combining innovative virtualization technology and traditional storage."

"There's a lot of complexity now to adding storage, and lots of different types of storage, including SSDs (solid-state drives) and the cloud," says Bruce Sachs of Charles River Ventures. "What Tonian aims to do is simplify the integration and use of all the different types of storage into a virtualized environment."

The company has five employees, according to LinkedIn, and offices in Cambridge and Herzliya Pituah, Israel (near Tel Aviv). According to the job listings on that site, it looks like most of the engineering and product development will be done in Israel, with sales and marketing taking place in Cambridge.

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