Traditionally, data storage has been all about capacity — how many terabytes, petabytes, even exabytes, can I squeeze into that system? But, today, speed and performance have become as important as capacity, if not more so, and that’s led to booming sales of flash storage and hyper-converged systems.
And that’s why the storage technology arena has recently been one of the most active segments of the IT industry. Some like Pure Storage have been around for a while and attracted a lot of attention — and a lot of venture funding. Others are just getting out of the starter’s block.
Here’s a look at 10 emerging vendors in the storage arena that you should be aware of:
Santa Clara, Calif.
Top Executive: CEO Mohit Aron
Storage startup Cohesity exited stealth mode in June with $70 million in venture financing and unveiled the availability of its first data storage system.
That system, the Cohesity Data Platform, is an infinitely scalable converged platform that provides a full range of integrated data-protection services, including storage of backup and archival data, and cloud connectivity. Data can be easily cloned for test and development. It also includes an integrated data analytics software application and allows integration with customers’ choice of application.
Top Executive: CEO Paula Long
After several years of development, DataGravity exited stealth in 2014 with its “data-aware” Discovery Series storage systems that help IT managers and line-of-business users store, protect, search and govern their data. At the core of the system is the DataGravity Engine that analyzes data as it’s ingested.
The company sells exclusively through the channel and recruits solution providers to its DataGravity Partner Network.
Santa Clara, Calif.
Top Executive: CEO Avinash Lakshman
Hedvig exited stealth mode in March with the introduction of a software-defined storage system the company said not only breaks the tie between storage software and hardware but also provides the widest range of storage services.
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform, based on software-defined storage technology, provides a level of abstraction that lets compute platforms consume storage regardless of whether it is file, block or object storage. It provides a wide range of services, including replication, disaster recovery, compression and de-duplication.