ClearSky Data Inc. emerged from stealth almost exactly a year ago with a proposal to all but erase the distinction between on-premise and cloud storage.
Its novel architecture uses co-location facilities to enable customers to fluidly move data back and forth between their data centers and the cloud. The company has since begun shipping commercial products to paying customers, raised a $27 million second funding round – bringing its total to $40 million – and brought on Akamai Technologies Inc. as a strategic investor and partner in helping to expand its footprint into new markets.
The technology works; now it’s time to grow the business beyond its current strongholds of New York, the District of Columbia metro area, Boston and Las Vegas, said CEO and co-founder Ellen Rubin (@ellen_rubin) in a CUBEConversation interview with Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman (@stu) this week. Enterprise customers are going all in on cloud, but storage performance is a big concern. “CIOs just want to make sure data is available to the customer with high performance and low latency no matter where it is,” she said.