Don’t like your cloud provider’s block storage options? Well, you’re in luck because it’s likely that Google or Amazon (or Microsoft?) will have a deal for you.
SolidFire is taking on $31 million in new funding led by Samsung’s venture arm to turn on more cloud providers to high-performance all-flash storage arrays.
Today’s SSD frenzy is being driven by data centers which are dealing with much heavier demands on the machines, and our need to access information quickly. That’s a key reason Western Digital is buying sTec.
The solution for better and faster storage may lie in DSSD, a stealthy chip startup backed by Andreas von Bechtolsheim, that counts several members of the Sun ZFS team as founders.
ScaleIO, a Palo Alto storage startup that wants to create pools of storage resources using SSDs and existing storage hardware, has raised $12 million in first-round funding from Norwest Venture Partners and Greylock Partners. It joins several other startups hoping to win big in storage.
Rackspace’s new OpenStack-powered Cloud Block Storage comes in spinning disk and faster SSD tiers and lets customers mix and match block size with compute instances as needed, says company CTO John Engates.
Watch out hard drives — slick startup Skyera, launched by the founder of SandForce, says it really can put flash storage everywhere — without breaking the bank. It’s a bold claim but one that’s backed up with some pretty credible storage expertise.
Amazon’s new “High I/O Quadruple Extra Large” compute instances use SSD to store and retrieve lots of data fast — which should make them popular for interactive web and mobile applications where real-time response to user clicks and gestures is key.
Nutanix just closed a $25 million Series B round for its system that puts computing and storage on the same node, allowing companies to scale their storage layer without investing in a SAN. Khosla Ventures led the round, along with Lightspeed Venture Partners and Blumberg Capital.
Big data can sometimes mean big infrastructure to run everything on, or perhaps it can mean slower performance as the hardware struggles to read from or write to a database, which is why we picked Acunu as one of our Structure 2011 Launchpad companies. Learn more.
New types of storage technology will be needed in order to shift cloud storage from a backup service to a primary function, according to a panel made up of storage entrepreneurs and execs at Structure 2011 in San Francisco on Thursday.
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