Santa Clara storage startup Nexenta Systems leads us off with the biggest deal of the day: a $24 million D round of funding led by Four Rivers Group. A gaggle of prior investors, including Sierra Ventures, TransLink Capital, Javelin Ventures and West Summit Capital, also ponied up in the new round.
(In a busy day of announcements, Nexenta named Mark Lockareff chief executive officer; former CEO Evan Powell assumes the new role of chief strategy officer.)
Elsewhere in Santa Clara, a cloud-mobile data security startup called Armor5 emerged from stealth mode Wednesday and announced $2 million in seed funding. The deep pockets: Citrix, Nexus Venture Partners and Trinity Ventures.
And, in San Francisco, Gild — the game-ification answer to developer job boards like Monster — is touting an $8 million Series A from Steve Anderson of Baseline Ventures, SAP Ventures, Globespan Capital and Mark Kvamme. (H/T to eagle-eyed reader Wendell Laidley for spotting this.)
Rounding up a few other tidbits from earlier this week:
• Circle CI, a San Francisco fledgling that describes its app development platform as “Heroku for testing,” landed a $1.5 million seed round from some of the people who actually started Heroku, along with Eric Ries.
• Another San Francisco startup, GlobeIn, kicked off its beta with a $1.1 million angel round from ex-MCI Chairman Bert Roberts, AnchorFree CEO David Gorodyansky et al. The site’s an online marketplace for artisans from around the world — think Etsy for developing countries.
• At at the other end of the financing food chain, Intersect ENT — a Menlo Park life science company that makes sinus implants – snared a $30 million Series D round from Norwest Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins.