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AppFog Gets $8 Million

The money’s earmarked for integrating broader technologies

Year-old PHP PaaS hoster AppFog, née PHP Fog, has gotten an $8 million B round led by Ignition Partners with participation from new investors Simon Crosby, Citrix' former data center and virtualization CTO, and VC Matt Ocko as well as existing investors, Madrona Venture Group, First Round Capital and Founders Co-Op.

That makes $9.8 million altogether.

Ignition gets a board seat and Ignition managing director Frank Artale will fill it.

The money's earmarked for integrating broader technologies - it wants to support Node, Ruby, Python, Java and .NET - which explains why it's changed its name - and adding to the development team working on AppFog, the technology that powers PHP Fog.

Industry analysts have told the start-up and its backers that Platform-as-a-Service is beginning to eclipse bare-bones Infrastructure-as-Service (IaaS) and should be in for "big growth," especially in the enterprise market.

Its widgetry simplifies application lifecycle management and offers users application portability across IaaS providers.

AppFog claims nearly 20,000 application developers who have created and deployed about 10,000 applications using its platform.

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