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Cloud Server Security Firm CloudPassage Raises $14 Million

CloudPassage, a cloud server security firm that emerged from stealth mode back in January 2011, today announced that it has raised $14 million in a series B round of financing. The latest round brings the company’s total funding to $21 million.

The company said that it plans to use the new cash to accelerate development and sales of Halo, its cloud server security platform that helps customers secure servers across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments.

CloudPassage LogoThe San Francisco-based company says it has experienced customer growth of over 70 percent during the first two months of 2012, compared with last year, and lists companies including Foursquare, StrongMail and Exois as customers.

Halo offers automation of cloud firewall management, vulnerability management, network access control, server account administration and security event alerting. The company sauys Halo makes it faster and easier to comply with regulatory demands, and it works across major cloud infrastructure providers and hypervisor platforms. The company offers a free basic edition of Halo for up to 25 servers, which they say can be installed in less than five minutes.

The round was led by Tenaya Capital, with participation from existing investors Benchmark Capital and Musea Ventures. As part of the deal, Brian Melton, Managing Director at Tenaya Capital, will join the CloudPassage board of directors.

“We’re excited to have the continued backing and expertise of top-tier investors; both Benchmark and Tenaya are well-known leaders who strengthen the company’s ability to refine and execute on our vision,” said Carson Sweet, co-founder and CEO of CloudPassage.