Akamai Technologies joins a Series B funding round that will help the Boston startup expand into more regions and boost sales and marketing.
ClearSky Data, which says it’s building an ambitious global storage network for customer data, now has $27 million in Series B funding to fund that effort.
This brings total investment in the Boston-based startup to about $39 million, after a $12 million Series A round in early 2014.
Now, the company is “moving full speed ahead to add points of presence and new metro locations to the storage network,” Ellen Rubin, chief executive officer and co-founder, told Fortune via email. It’s also hiring sales, marketing, operations and support people as it expands the service to new areas with help from partner Digital Realty and Akamai Technologies, which is now an investor. The company already has data center capacity in Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas with plans to expand into Europe.
As more businesses balk at the notion of building more of their own data centers and instead, at least, consider putting more data into shared cloud computing infrastructure, the issue of location remains key. The farther you are physically from your data stash, the longer it takes to get to you. This is clearly a concern for companies that need data to run their day-to-day businesses. Although, it’s not such big a deal for less critical or “cold” data that isn’t accessed often, if at all.