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Interview Velostrata 

Velostrata, a leader in cloud workload mobility, just announced Velostrata 2.0 which adds new capabilities that the company says will, "significantly simplify, speed and de-risk cloud migration."

I recently spoke with their team to find out what Velostrata has planned for VMworld 2016.  And I can't wait to visit their booth.  But just recently, I also had the opportunity to speak with Issy Ben-Shaul, CEO and co-founder of Velostrata, ahead of the coming event, to find out more about the company's recent Series B announcement as well as their latest Velostrata 2.0 release.

You really should get these guys on your calendar during VMworld -- Booth 763.

VMblog:  To kick things off, can you start by providing some background on Velostrata as a company?

Issy Ben-Shaul:  Of course. Both myself and my co-founder, Ady Degany, founded Velostrata in 2014. We've created a product that can help enterprises gain cloud workload mobility. Through this, we're enabling companies to quickly and easily move or migrate workloads to the public cloud while controlling and automating where data resides. 

VMblog:  How are you de-risking cloud migration?

Ben-Shaul:  Moving to the cloud provides enterprises with a significant competitive advantage, yet the risks and challenges associated with migrating data continues to slow adoption. We're making it possible to ‘test before you migrate' - you can move a workload to public cloud in minutes, so you can test performance, configurations and costs before fully committing to a move. 

Our patent-pending technology decouples compute from storage while retaining performance, making it possible to move workloads to and between clouds - all without having to re-write applications, modify images, degrade application performance or change management processes.

VMblog:  Tell us about the newest features in Velostrata 2.0.

Ben-Shaul:  We've added two main features into Velostrata 2.0 - Smart Migration and cloud dev/test. These new capabilities significantly simplify and speed cloud adoption. Our Smart Migration software is agentless, making it far simpler to deploy and it automatically adapts workloads for your cloud target. It requires no changes to virtual machine images, storage or even management processes -you can manage your cloud instances right from vCenter.

Additionally, with support for cloud dev/test, we're now helping organizations build and scale on-premises development and testing environments to the cloud. Users can now benefit from a cloud-based solution, so they can spin as many parallel environments as needed, without having to invest in additional on-premises infrastructure.

We've also added support for Microsoft Azure into 2.0, complementing our existing AWS support, providing multi-cloud flexibility and helping companies avoid vendor lock-in.

VMblog:  You also announced a Series B funding round this week, correct?  Can you tell us about it?

Ben-Shaul:  Yes, we were thrilled to announce $17.5M in Series B funding this week. The round was led by Intel Capital, and our existing investors Norwest Venture Partners and 83 North participated as well. We will be using these funds to accelerate growth, particularly within the mid-to-large enterprise market.

VMblog:  Congrats on that.  Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

Ben-Shaul:  If public cloud adoption is on your radar, take Velostrata for a test drive. You can learn more at, come see us at VMworld in booth 763, or sign up for a free trial.


Once again, a special thank you to Issy Ben-Shaul, co-founder and CEO of Velostrata, for taking time out to speak with  I can't wait to speak with Issy in person at VMworld.

Published Thursday, August 04, 2016 7:01 AM by David Marshall
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