Storage Radio: Gore invests in Greenbytes all-flash storage

Former Vice President Al Gore is investing $12 million through the venture capital firm he co-founded into startup flash vendor Greenbytes.

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All-flash storage has been grabbing a lot of headlines recently, and now former Vice President Al Gore is getting in on the action through the venture capital firm he co-founded to invest $12 million into startup flash vendor Greenbytes.

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Gore, who was the subject of the 2006 environmental film “An Inconvenient Truth,” is investing in a technology that flash vendors frequently call “green” because of flash’s lower power consumption when compared to spinning disk. But is environmental concern the only reason for the investment? Listen in as executive editor Ellen O’Brien and senior news director Dave Raffo dig into Gore’s Greenbytes investment in this week’s podcast.

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