I have known Marc Keating from his days at EqualLogic so it was great to catch up with him and Laz Vekiarides to see how their product was evolving. Last I spoke with them, they were in stealth and boy have they come a long way. Besides hitting quarter over quarter objectives they are really developing their vision to simply provide storage as a utility service.
If you are not familiar with their technology it is quite simple and brilliant. You buy storage per GB on a monthly basis. They provide you a local edge appliance (all flash), a remote (but close) warm storage pool, and then a cold storage pool. As the end user, you simply read/write from the edge appliance and it takes care of distributing the workload in a very secure and efficient manner all backed by a SLA.
There is no doubt they are early with this concept and have a mountain in front of them to light more cities to provide this type of storage access but the technology they are developing is no doubt a leader in the next generation hybrid storage environment. The edge has always been important to reduce time to serve. As we develop IoT solutions the edge becomes extremely important as we need to handle a data stream path to get sensor/edge data to a central cloud for analytics processing.