VirtenSys Gets $16M for Virtual I/O

virtensys_logoVirtenSys, a Manchester, England-based startup providing virtualized I/O gear, today said it has received $16 million in its third round of funding. Existing investors Scottish Equity Partners, Celtic House Venture Partners, and Gimv participated. The money will be used to expand VirtenSys products into the growing space for virtualized networking gear.

VirtenSys is one of several companies trying to help data center operators map their virtualized machines to each other and the storage network without overwhelming amounts of cable and management complexity. For details, check out our GigaOM Pro report on the topic (subscription required).  The company competes with external virtual I/O switches from Xsigo (which also recently raised money), Netirion and Next I/O. Cisco Systems (s csco) and HP (s hpq) also make gear that provides virtualized networking.