Cloud Hosting Company FireHost Raises $10 Million

FireHost, a company that specializes in secured cloud hosting, has raised $10 million in Series B funding in a round led by family-owned private equity firm The Stephens Group, with earlier backers also participating.

The additional capital will be used to scale the company and enter the European market (starting with the UK).

FireHost, which is based in Dallas, Texas, is a managed hosting provider for websites and applications with critical data protection and performance needs (think ecommerce sites and healthcare IT services).

Customers including Hewlett Packard, Johns Hopkins University, Johnson & Johnson, Duke University, LogLogic, HomeAway and Sotheby’s.

FireHost is also the company that reached out to offer virtual refuge to well-known hacker turned security consultant Kevin Mitnick, after the man proved such a high-profile hacker’s target himself that his former Web hosting partner told him wouldn’t host Web pages for him anymore.