Summary:

Led by an array of former Isilon executives, Qumulo says it will attack the $35 billion enterprise storage market, although it’s not saying how just yet. Highland Capital Partners leads the Series A round with help from Madrona Venture group and Valhalla Partners.

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Qumulo, a stealthy startup helmed by former Isilon executives, has netted $24.5 million in funding for its enterprise storage push. The company has 18 employees now but will use its new money to hire 50 or so more engineers and some managers over the next 18 months — all in its Seattle headquarters– CEO Peter Godman told me in an interview.

Godman was mum about product plans other than to say the company will help budget-strapped companies better deal with the exploding amount of data they’re besieged with. And it has some good storage DNA — Several Qumulo execs come from Isilon, the scale-out storage company bought by EMC in 2010 for $2.25 billion. Godman was formerly director of software engineering Isilon (and CEO of Corensic.) Qumulo CTO Aaron Passey was chief architect at Isilon and CTO at Clustrix; and VP of Engineering Neal Fachan was a distinguished engineer at Isilon and a principal engineer at Amazon.

Qumulo launched last March with $2.3 million in seed funding from Valhalla Partners.

Highland Capital Partners led this Series A round that also included contributions from  Madrona Venture Group and Valhalla. Peter Bell, general partner at Highland Capital Partners, joins the board of directors.

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