*A3Cube: This company, started by veterans of the high performance computing/supercomputing industry, promises eight times the storage performance for a third of the typical price via its transformation of PCI Express into an intelligent network fabric. A3Cube claims its NIC can support HPC, big data and data center applications.
*JumpCloud: A Boulder, Colo.-based software-as-a-service provider of management tools for DevOps teams that enables smoother server oversight. The company, which partners with established vendors like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, picked up $3.1 million in funding earlier this year.
*ThoughtSpot: This startup from the minds of former Nutanix, Microsoft, Google and Oracle employees is devoted to putting business intelligence tools into the hands of end users with enterprise organizations. The company, which aims to deliver BI to end users without bogging down IT staff, secured $10.7 million in Series A funding earlier this year.
*Whirlscape: This startup's Minuum software keyboard for "delightfully fast, sloppy typing" accommodates fat fingers on small Android devices (Apple restricts third-party keyboards). The company, which spreads the keyboard across a single bumpy line, obtained $500,000 in seed funding in February. Take a look at Minuum in this promotional video.
*Capillary Technologies: This Bangladore-based company has pocketed $20 million in funding to back its social customer relationship management offerings. The latest funding from American Express Ventures will help Capillary expand its SaaS-based service to the United States and other markets.
*Tiny Speck: From the ashes of Flickr (now part of Yahoo) comes this San Francisco startup that launched in February an iOS and Android collaboration tool called Slack that mixes in your emails, social media, documents from Dropbox, etc., and makes it all easily searchable in the name of better workplace productivity.
*Tintri: This startup, formed by ex-VMware and Sun execs, has been around since 2011. Over that span the application-aware storage vendor has raised $135 million, including a fresh $75 million infusion in February, which the company says puts it on track to file an IPO down the road. Last fall, Tintri expanded its line of virtual machine-based storage products with offerings that can support tens of thousands of VMs.