The still calm Virtual Lab Automation market, where only three major companies use to compete (VMware, Surgient and VMLogix), welcomes today a new player: StackSafe.
Founded in 2005, the US startup enters the virtualization world with 20 people and a product, Test Center, which features a web-based management interface and supports both VMware ESX Server and Citrix XenServer platforms. Besides that the company doesn’t provide much more details about the internal virtual architecture behind the product.
StackSafe offers a cold P2V migration utility to import production servers inside the Test Center. The product is available at $50,000 for an annual subscription.
The company has an impressive focus on security.
The management team has some relationship with Symantec: Loren Burnett, company’s CEO, helped selling its previous firm (Riptech) to the security giant in 2002, while Jonah Paransky, Vice President of Marketing, worked in Symantec as Director of Product Management for Global Managed Security Services.
Additionally, StackSafe Vice President of Engineering, Carolyn Turbyfill, comes from the popular security firm Counterpane (of Bruce Schneier fame), acquired by British Telecom in 2006, where she covered the same role.
Even Board Advisors feature strong knowledge on security, with representatives from George Mason and Columbia universities, as well as from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The company is funded by Novak Biddle Venture Partners and Chart Venture Partners.