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AppZero bags $3M to help move old Windows Server 2003 enterprises to modern systems

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March 6
12:29 PM 2014

Boston-based AppZero secured $3 million to help enterprises with machines still using the antiquated Windows Server 2003 to move applications to more modern operating systems, VentureBeat reported.

The investors for the most recent funding round include Joe Alsop of Progress Software, Data Mirror's Nigel Stokes, Frank A. Bonsal Jr of New Enterprise Associates and Matt Ocko of Data Collective. Covington Capital, a Canadian venture capital firm, and unnamed partners of Gold Bench Capital who backed the startup as individuals, the report said. Gigaom reported that the most recent funding round brings the startup's fundraising total to $14 million to date.

AppZero provides application migration, up-level OS migration and cloud-on boarding services, according to information on its website. VentureBeat reported that there still over 10 million servers in the enterprise world that still use the old Windows Server 2003. With Microsoft ending support for them at the end of 2014, these businesses could encounter difficulties, the report said.

AppZero, however, works to help firms migrate their Windows Server applications quickly and efficiently to newer systems so that they are able to run using "any version of any operating system, machine or cloud." Because an estimated $9 billion is going to be spent to modernize and migrate these so-called legacy systems in the next couple of years, AppZero has the chance to pave the way for these transfers and earn in the process, the report said.

In a statement, AppZero Chief Executive Officer Greg O'Connor said, "AppZero is in a unique position because our technology separates applications from the operating system, moving only the application and its data, while the traditional method of moving virtual machines can't move (up-level) onto newer operating systems." He added that they are providing the solution for the big headache faced by IT while also "serving as a catalyst for businesses ready to move to cloud-based environments."

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