Data center start-up gets funds, execs

Sychron, a start-up that sells software for balancing jobs across several computers, receives $7.8 million in venture funding and names new top executives.

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Sychron, a start-up that sells software for balancing jobs across several computers, has received $7.8 million in venture funding and named new top executives.

Sigma Partners led the investment round, with Dot-EDU Ventures, First European American Ventures and others participating, the San Mateo, Calif.-based company said this week.

Its new chief executive is James Wambach, a former executive at Coremetrics, Chemdex, Oracle, Forte Software and Sybase.

Sychron's software lets customers assign priorities to different computing tasks running in a data center. It also lets programs be more easily moved from one system to another by adding a layer that "virtualizes" the underlying hardware.

The start-up's work is similar to work under way at several established companies, including Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. All are trying to ease the difficulties of running complicated data centers stuffed with computing equipment.

Virtualization, advocates argue, will let more of a server or storage system's capacity be used because several tasks can share underlying computing resources. Virtualization also will let resources be tied to business priorities so levels of service can be guaranteed for important jobs.

Other new Sychron executives include Jack Lamb, vice president of sales, Rob Gorlin, vice president of finance and administration, and Roger Klorese, director of marketing.