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10 open source companies to watch

10 open source companies to watch

Products range from databases to data integration

Company name: Qumranet

Founded: 2005

Location: California

What does the company offer? Its product – Solid ICE – provides a hosted desktop virtualization environment that runs in the corporate data center.

Why is it worth watching? The company is tapping Linux kernel virtualization technology called KVM to provide IT with centralized desktop and image management, high availability and provisioning for any desktop operating system. It also provides the connection protocol and management system.

How did the company get its start? Qumranet wrote KVM and open sourced the code taking advantage of processor advancements from Intel and AMD, and improvements in Linux scheduling and memory management.

How did the company get its name? Named after the Qumran caves in Israel, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.

CEO and background: Benny Schnaider has been in senior management, engineering and strategic consulting roles at many companies, including Cisco, Amdahl/Fujitsu, Hitachi, IDT, Sun and 3Com. Schnaider has a master's degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the Technion (Israel Institute of technology).

Funding: Sequoia Capital and Norwest Venture Partners.

Who's using the product? Commercial Aircraft Division of Israel Aerospace Industries and several Global 2000 companies, which the company does not make public.

Company name: XAware

Founded: XAware's open source project was launched in November 2007.

Location: Colorado

What does the company offer? XAware offers open source data integration software for creating and managing composite data services.

Why is the company worth watching? Data integration is a must have in today's distributed networks, and XAware is throwing out the old proprietary software model it had in favor of an open platform based on the same technology with years of development and testing behind it.

How did the company get its start? Kirstan Vandersluis, who helped develop and patent XAware's product suite, co-developed an XML-based data services application and began full-time work on the product in March 2000.

How did the company get its name? XAware's name is a recognition of XML, the markup language that makes it possible to read, write and transfer data between different sources.

CEO and background: Tim Harvey. Previously, Harvey was senior vice president of sales and marketing at S1. He also was president and COO of SynQuest. Harvey, a budding triathlete, graduated from the University of Florida with a business administration bachelor's degree in finance and served four years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Funding: XAware has secured three rounds of funding totaling US$26.4 million. The most recent (US$7.4 million) was led by vSpring Capital. Other venture capital firms include GMT Capital, Sequel Ventures, ITU Ventures and BMJP LLC.

Who's using the product: Customers include AXA, ING, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Genworth, Synovus, Northrop Gruman and Hire a Hero.

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