StrataCloud, an Atlanta-based infrastructure management solutions provider, has named former Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) executive Brian Cohen as its CEO. Cohen most recently was responsible for the HP Americas Enterprise Group's strategy and operations. He previously served as president and CEO at SPI Dynamics, which he sold to HP in 2007.

StrataCloud also announced it has secured $2 million in funding from BLH Venture Partners and Hallett Capital.

Cohen said the new funds will help his company extend its reach in the IT infrastructure management market.

"New funds and new leadership will help StrataCloud achieve rapid growth in the massive IT infrastructure management segment, where its technology provides a differentiated advantage," Cohen told Talkin' Cloud.

How does StrataCloud's infrastructure management product work?

StrataCloud's Converged Infrastructure Management (CIM) integrates bare-metal and virtual data center infrastructure resources into a single, unified interface.

This product enables users "to procure certified hardware solutions for specific business needs and offer them as software services, ensuring predictable price and performance scaling in a turnkey solution without vendor lock-in."

Cohen noted virtual infrastructure is important for many companies worldwide, and StrataCloud will work with the hardware and software industries to establish standards and protocols for infrastructure management.

"We have the most mature product for VMware (Virtualization Management Center) and compute on the market and a clear vision for how to help companies as they adopt converged solutions that incorporate all infrastructure components," Cohen said in a prepared statement. "We are anticipating the infrastructure management requirements for a software-defined data center and will be well-positioned as it evolves."

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