After getting going on their new startup, Ellen Rubin and Laz Vekiarides found themselves drawing the same picture of their idea on a whiteboard, over and over. The picture, they realized, looked a lot like what Akamai Technologies did for Web content, but instead applied to data storage.
“We kept talking about, ‘What is this like? Who is this like?’ And really the company that is most similar to us is definitely Akamai,” Rubin said. And she added: “We’re looking forward to having the same kind of growth and success that they did.”
On Tuesday, the startup, Boston-based ClearSky Data, took a big step toward reaching that lofty goal by exiting a year-and-a-half-long period in stealth mode and sharing the first details about its product. While Cambridge-based Akamai (AKAM) achieved success with its content delivery network, ClearSky is coming out with what it calls a global storage network, with the goal of dramatically simplifying the way companies manage their data (and cutting costs, too).