Verizon puts some of its money where its mouth is — into CloudBees

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The venture arm of Verizon, which is pushing its new Verizon cloud as an enterprise-class alternative to Amazon Web Services, is leading an $11.2 million round of funding in CloudBees, which now bills itself as “the enterprise platform as a service.”

The news isn’t all that shocking, given that Verizon announced a few weeks ago that CloudBees will be available on Verizon Cloud. That had some scratching their heads since Verizon had already blessed Cloud Foundry, the multi-cloud PaaS backed by Pivotal and its satellite states. But Verizon spokesman Kevin King said to calm down:

“Cloud Foundry remains a critical strategic partner for delivering cloud services to our clients. Our strategy since the launch of Verizon Cloud last year has been to find ways to work with a variety of enterprise cloud leaders to provide our clients the choice and flexibility they want in creating the cloud solution that best fits their needs. Companies like CloudBees, Pivotal/Cloud Foundry, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems and Oracle will play a key role in that plan.”

Also participating in this C round, which brings total CloudBees funding to $25.7 million, are new backer Blue Cloud Ventures and current VCs Matrix Partners and LightSpeed Venture Partners.

Woburn, Mass.–based CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey with some funding from former Jboss CEO Marc Fleury.

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