Profitbricks CEO Achim Weiss in front of a diagram of the company's Infiniband data center network. (Images: Profitbricks)

Profitbricks CEO Achim Weiss in front of a diagram of the company's Infiniband data center network. (Images: Profitbricks)

ProfitBricks Raises $19.5 Million For Its Muscular Cloud

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Profitbricks CEO Achim Weiss in front of a diagram of the company's Infiniband data center network. (Images: Profitbricks)

Profitbricks CEO Achim Weiss in front of a diagram of the company’s data center network. (Images: Profitbricks)

Profitbricks has raised a $19.5 million investment from the company’s founders and from United Internet AG, a European Internet services provider. United Internet is the parent company of mass market hosting giant 1&1 (you might have seen their commercials) so it’s starting to look like quite the web power play in Germany. The founders of ProfitBricks, Achim Weiss and Andreas Gauger, were also the founders of 1&1.

Profitbricks has now raised $38.3 million since its founding in 2010. The funding will go towards development of ProfitBricks’ “virtual data center” offering, as well as helping the company expand into new industries.

Profitbricks seeks to differentiate itself through the ability to provide both vertical and horizontal scale, flexibility in the network, and a data center design tool with an interface that makes building a virtual data center a fairly easy and straightforward endeavor. The ability to perform live vertical scale, that is to run applications on a large server rather than many servers, combined with the infiniband network it uses, sets the company apart. ProfitBricks calls itself the “second generation of cloud infrastructure,” and it has been growing at a quick clip since launching.

Check out a recent profile on the company here.

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About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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