8 Hot Storage Startups to Watch -- Virident, Panzura, Acunu and Tintri - Page 2


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5. Virident

Virident Systems was founded by Silicon Valley veterans from Google, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, SGI and Intel. It has picked up some momentum in recent months due to a number of factors: The PCIe-based solid state storage market's rapid growth; a round of funding in fall 2010; a recent agreement with SGI; and new products coming to market in the coming months. Virident SSDs solve storage and server over-provisioning problems caused by limited system throughput. These SSD cards eliminate application-level I/O performance bottlenecks by delivering sustained performance and enable storage administrators to plan and reliably provision I/O bandwidth and capacity. The Virident cards deliver consistent performance even for heavy writes, being hundreds of times faster than enterprise hard disk drives. They are best for data-intensive workloads such as databases, business analytics, simulation, visualization and high-performance computing.

6. Panzura

One analyst (he who must not be named) reckons Panzura has the best cloud gateway solution on the market. The company received $12 million in a recent funding round led by Khosla Ventures. Other investors include Matrix Partners and CTTV Investments (the venture capital arm of Chevron Technology Ventures).

The Panzura Alto Cloud Controller manages storage through multiple cloud service providers, private cloud architectures and traditional on-premise NAS storage as well. Each controller delivers fast, reliable read/write performance and has built-in Cloud Provider API support, CIFS/NFS/HTTP, application awareness, data compression, encryption, deduplication, snapshots and more. It is available in either a virtual or physical appliance and can be used in a single controller mode or scaled-out in any combination and configuration to provide support for large/global environments while maintaining a unified view of the data.

7. Acunu

Acunu is a very quiet bunch of engineers and Ph.Ds from the United Kingdom who seem to be generating some buzz. It recently raised $3.6 million in funding from Pentech Ventures, Eden Ventures and Oxford Technology Management to bring an SSD-related product to market--software to help storage systems switch data around between RAM, SSD and hard drives more efficiently. As is the norm, the software runs on commodity servers.

8. Tintri

An ex-VMware senior engineer is behind Tintri's concept of VM-aware storage. It has raised more than $30 million this year from the likes of NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Rather than software, the company has an appliance used only for VMs known as Vmstore. The purpose is to eliminate storage bottlenecks due to VMware having to interact with traditional storage systems so that a higher percentage of the overall infrastructure can be virtualized, including Oracle Financials and Microsoft Exchange, which have always been problematic when within a VM-rich environment.

Drew Robb is a freelance writer specializing in technology and engineering. Currently living in California, he is originally from Scotland, where he received a degree in geology and geography from the University of Strathclyde. He is the author of Server Disk Management in a Windows Environment (CRC Press).

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