Storage startup ClearSky Data on Monday unveiled a B round of funding to the tune of $27 million, an amount that includes investment from its first strategic investor, Akamai Technologies.
Boston-based ClearSky Data, a startup developer of technology to manage data storage across physical and cloud infrastructures, has been working with Akamai for about a year, said Ellen Rubin, ClearSky Data CEO and co-founder.
"We hope there will be a technology partnership," Rubin told CRN.
ClearSky Data, which in August came out of stealth mode, combines the performance of local primary storage with cloud storage scalability and flexibility, according to the company. It delivers pools of storage with low latency from local points of presence, Rubin said. "What we do is similar to what Akamai did with content distribution," she said. "They're not interested in primary storage. But we feel we can learn from each other."
Akamai tends to do smaller investments in smaller companies that work in the same direction Akamai does, Rubin said. "Also, any customer we talk to is likely also be an Akamai customer," she said.