The startup has described its service as Akamai-like data storage
When ClearSky Data unveiled its new approach to data storage in late August, the startup’s founders drew an analogy with a legend of the Boston tech industry: Akamai Technologies.
Now it looks like Cambridge-based Akamai agrees with the comparison. ClearSky just announced a $27 million Series B funding round from investors including Akamai. And leading the deal is Polaris Partners, which was one of Akamai’s early backers.
Boston-based ClearSky Data has launched what it calls a global storage network, with the goal of dramatically simplifying the way companies manage their data while also cutting costs. ClearSky co-founder Ellen Rubin said her company has been talking with Akamai as a potential partner for a while now. “We know a number of people there, and they were supportive of us at launch,” she said. “They were definitely in the mix, more because we think they’re a fantastic partner … They didn’t invest because we said we were like them.”
Undoubtedly it didn’t hurt, though: What ClearSky is doing is a lot like what Akamai Technologies did for Web content, but instead applied to data storage, according to the company.
The funding is secondary to the other types of assistance Akamai will be able to provide to ClearSky, however, Rubin said. That includes engaging with Akamai’s sales and marketing organizations, which are already working with markets and customers that ClearSky hopes to connect with, she said. ClearSky will also be engaging with Andy Champagne, VP and CTO at Akamai Labs, who is responsible for much of the product strategy at Akamai. “We’ll definitely be working closely with him, thinking through where we might want to go, and things we want to do together from a product direction,” Rubin said.