Andreessen, Horowitz Back Cloud Computing Startup WebappVM

A new cloud computing startup funded and advised by legendary entrepreneurs turned investors Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz plans to help enterprise companies deploy and manage applications in the cloud. Other webappVM team members have experience at Cisco Systems, Tellme, and Juniper Networks, according to the company’s web site.

WebappVM is the name of the Redwood City company, and they’re building a “self-monitoring application cloud” for web applications that will provide enterprise-style app management capabilities to public and private clouds.

The company is backed by Shasta Ventures and Sierra Ventures as well as Andreessen and Horowitz, who recently raised $300 million to fund early-stage investments.

webappVM was previously known as OSS-1701, and was founded in May 2008 by CEO Issac Roth and CTO Tobias Kunze Briseño. Roth most recently worked as director of product management at the Wily Computing business of Computer Associates, while Briseno was a senior development manager at Lycos Europe.

Roth recently demonstrated webappVM’s technology at Sun’s CommunityOne event, describing it as “a special kind of virtual machine” that allows developers to build an app on a local machine, upload it to the cloud (in this case Sun’s OpenCloud) and immediately begin running the application with built-in management tools.

(Via Data Center Knowledge)

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  1. Issac Roth says:

    Thanks for the note. We’re looking for application developers to join our private beta and let us test our product with a copy of your application. Come see what the cloud can do for application management.


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