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Fresh off a $9 million Series B Round in March, clustered file system startup Scale Computing has closed a $17 million Series C round. It’s yet more proof that spending on scale-out storage software is nowhere near its end.

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Fresh off a $9 million Series B Round in March, clustered file system startup Scale Computing has closed a $17 million Series C round. Led by Scale Venture Partners, along with Northgate Capital and Benchmark Capital, the round brings Scale Computing’s total funding to $31 million. It’s yet more proof that spending on scale-out storage software is nowhere near its end.

Scale Computing Intelligent Cluster Storage is not unlike the file-system software offered by Isilon Systems and Gluster, both of which have done alright for themselves lately. Gluster raised $8.5 million earlier this month, and EMC bought Isilon last week for $2.25 billion. All of this is just the latest in a year’s worth of heavy investment in scale-out storage, through either venture capital or acquisition.

The connection to cloud-based storage — which also is white hot lately — only helps the prospects for future investment. Scale-out file systems work both on-premise and as the foundation for cloud-based storage platforms, so even after storage vendors all have their strategies set, up-and-coming cloud providers will still be in the market. The converged infrastructure trend, too, is driving many server makers to consider a storage play, and products like those from Scale Computing, Gluster and others are ideal for scale-out commodity server environments.

Image courtesy of Matthew Field.

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