Caching, cloud backup, hyper-convergence and object storage spawned data storage company startups in 2015. Here are 12 in particular to watch.
Spurred by the growing complexity of storing and managing data, a rash of data storage company startups emerged in 2015 that use flash, disk and cloud storage to streamline data mobility and management across storage tiers. Listed alphabetically, here's our list of the top 12 storage startups to watch in 2016.
CEO: Ellen Rubin
Flagship product: ClearSky Data Global Storage Network
Product launch: August 2015
Category: Cloud storage, primary storage capacity optimization, tiered storage,
Key feature: Integrates on-premises and data center storage with cloud replication
ClearSky Data's mission is to help enterprise customers shift more data to public cloud storage. Its distributed caching software provides a tiered storage triumvirate: branded appliances for on-premises hot data, ClearSky data centers for the bulk of its storage, and backup data to the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) cloud. The data storage company aims its global storage network at enterprises with at least 100 TB of primary storage. ClearSky launched with regional “point of presence” data centers in Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas and is poised to expand to other metro markets. The flash-based appliances replicate production storage via Gigabit Ethernet to a ClearSky data center, which in turn writes data for redundancy to a logical bucket of S3 object storage.