Boston Business Journal, 11/2/15
ClearSky Data, a Boston-based data storage startup that recently emerged from stealth mode, announced Monday a new influx of investment. Here's what you need to know:
- Company: ClearSky Data offers a product that allows enterprise-level companies the ability to access stored data easily and more efficiently by using a model akin to the model of Cambridge-based Internet content delivery firm Akamai Technologies. "We're taking an approach which is modeled on Akamai's content distribution network, and we're applying that to primary storage," co-founder and CEO Ellen Rubin said in a previous interview. Akamai's technology works through a "distributed network of specialized servers" across many geographic locations, which ultimately accelerates the delivery of Web content and rich media to Internet-connected devices, according to the company. ClearSky Data is also using that distributed model, with data storage infrastructure (hardware) at "points of presence" in three metro areas right now — Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas. That model eliminates the need for companies to operate data storage infrastructure in multiple sites. According to ClearSky Data: "Users can quickly tap into unlimited amounts of storage when and where they need it, without the capital costs, delays and complexity IT has struggled with for decades." The company's technology also offers low-latency, meaning there are virtually no delays in the processing of network data.