Morphlabs Raises $10 Million to Boost OpenStack in AsiaPac
August 20th, 2013 By: Jason Verge
OpenStack public and private cloud solutions provider Morphlabs has completed $10 million Series D round, bringing total funding to $22.5 million. The round was led by Tallwood Capital and included existing investor G2iG. The company is using this round to extend its position in AsiaPac, where it says it is seeing healthy demand for OpenStack-based clouds.
“We’re enabling a lot of telcos and service providers in a lot of emerging markets,” said Yoram Heller, the co-founder and chief operating officer of Morphlabs. “These guys needed help in terms of understanding and learning OpenStack, and we help them set up cloud offerings.”
It is conducting expert OpenStack training programs throughout Asia, and is organizing the first OpenStack Hack-a-thon called StackHack.
Morphlabs OpenStack-powered mCloud solutions combine best-of-breed software and optimized hardware to deliver an efficient, open source cloud. OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system, is rapidly gaining momentum in Asia as a growing number of enterprises and service providers are deploying OpenStack-based infrastructures to power their public and private clouds.
Accelerating OpenStack and Morphlabs
“The investment from two leading investors such as Tallwood Capital and G2iG is about much more than capital,” said Satoshi Konno, co-founder and GM of Asia Operations, Morphlabs. “It’s about accelerating the Asia OpenStack market and solidifying Morphlabs’ leadership position in it. As an open source technology, OpenStack represents a paradigm shift for enterprises and service providers and our OpenStack Training for the Asian market will provide ideal support for our users and simplify the deployment of OpenStack clouds throughout the region.
Morphlabs has developed partnerships with market leaders in Asia, including the server vendor NEC, to deliver OpenStack-based data center technologies. Last month, NEC announced a partnership with Morphlabs to deliver pre-configured and certified mCloud Solutions with NEC Express 5800 servers.
“This Last round of funding should take us into profitability. We’re taking this funding to solidify position in Asia,” said Heller. Morphlabs has offices in the Phillipines, Singapore, Japan and Australia, in addition to its Los Angeles headquarters.
The company is one of the founding gold members of OpenStack, but began in 2007 as a Eucalyptus shop before there was such a thing as OpenStack. We’re happy to see growth in the community,” said Heller. “Our focus on complete systems approach. Not just software, but ultimately when and how you measure use against amazon. Now these guys have a stick to measure by. We’re the only ones focused on the complete metrics.”
The company’s target market is the dominant telcos in each country, the top 3. “Clients are usually a multi-billion telco,” said Heller. “They have a skill gap still. They’re looking for a technology partner to help them do this.”
The company launched its turnkey public cloud offering, mCloud osmium back in February.