The Boston tech industry is entering a new age of enterprise IT. Long known for its companies in data storage, networking, and business software, the local sector is seeing a boom in startups that have a new spin on these traditional fields.
One of them is ClearSky Data, a roughly two-year-old effort from founders Ellen Rubin and Laz Vekiarides (pictured) that is finally talking today about what it’s building. Rubin, the company’s CEO, previously worked at Netezza and co-founded CloudSwitch, while Vekiarides was a veteran of EqualLogic. All of those companies were eventually acquired for big money—by IBM, Verizon, and Dell, respectively.
ClearSky raised $12 million from General Catalyst and Highland Capital Partners early last year. The 30-person company is building what it calls a “global storage network” for Fortune 1000 enterprise companies. This network is a “fully managed service” for primary data storage, Rubin says, and it’s managed locally from metro areas starting with Boston, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas.
“We’re working through a set of early customers, adopters, and partnerships,” Rubin says, without naming any names. “We’re trying to cover the U.S. and major metro areas as soon as we can.”
It’s useful to say what ClearSky isn’t doing, first. It’s not a cloud-backup company. It’s not competing with public cloud-computing services like Amazon Web Services or Rackspace. It’s not trying to be the next Dropbox or Box. And it’s not selling database as a service.Read the full article >