Velostrata Adds New Features and Funding Round to Speed Workload Migration to AWS and Azure Clouds

Velostrata, which provides software for moving cloud workloads, has introduced a new release of its platform by the same name, adding capabilities to simplify, speed, and decrease the risk associated with cloud migration in support of enterprise hybrid cloud initiatives.

The company also announced $17.5 million in Series B funding led by strategic investor Intel Capital, with participation from existing investors Norwest Venture Partners and 83 North. 

Velostrata 2.0 offers the ability to move applications and associated data to the cloud, adding support for Microsoft Azure, in addition to existing AWS support.

Many organizations would like to take advantage of cloud agility, but migrating data-rich applications to the cloud can be complex, slow, and carry a high risk of failure, according to Ady Degany, co-founder and chief product officer at Velostrata. Velostrata’s goal with 2.0, he said, is to simplify public cloud adoption with “smart migration” and dev/test, so that organizations can move workloads to AWS or Azure, while keeping storage on-premises.

According to the vendor, unlike replication-based migration methods, Velostrata’s software decouples compute from storage without decreasing performance. Streaming and caching allows applications to be operational in the public cloud quickly, while storage is migrated in the background. Importantly, Velostrata Smart Migration is agentless automatically adapts workloads for the target cloud, requiring no changes to virtual machine images, storage or management processes.

By decoupling the storage from compute so that components can migrate independently, Velostrata contends its approach decreases risk with data encrypted in motion and at rest, and enables organizations to move workloads to the cloud more easily. Improving operational efficiency, Velostrata leverages the same in-house management tools and processes currently in use, and simplifies movement of complex multi-tier applications using Velostrata Runbook Automation which allows for scheduled orchestration.

Increasingly, a hybrid cloud strategy is being embraced as the new foundation for business success, pointed out Patrick Buddenbaum, general manager of Enterprise Cloud Solutions in Intel's Data Center Group. By providing portability and application management across legacy, private, and public cloud resources, Velostrata’s technology helps IT to control TCO, growth and compliance within their hybrid cloud environment. 

Velostrata Smart Migration is particularly useful for stateful workloads such as ERP, collaboration, middleware, OLTP, Oracle, and SQL Server databases, and compilers, and for dev/test in the cloud, according to the vendor. By leveraging real-time streaming of data-rich workloads, applications can be fully operational in cloud more quickly, avoiding the need to fully replicate and then synchronize data prior to running. And, for development teams, Velostrata 2.0 supports cloud dev/test, helping them build and scale on-premises development and testing environments to the cloud.

Velostrata said the new 17.5 funding round will be used to accelerate growth, particularly within the mid-to-large enterprise market.