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Avere rolls out remote NAS filer, pulls in another $20 million in funding

NAS acceleration vendor Avere Systems this week introduced a smaller version of its FXT NAS Edge filer — the FXT 3100 —  that optimizes mission-critical applications from remote and branch offices across a WAN to core data centers. This latest product comes days after the company secured $20 million in Series C funding, bringing its total investment to $52 million.

The Avere FXT 3100 Edge filer contains 48 GB of DRAM and 1GB of NVRAM to accelerate read, write and metadata performance for active data. One 2U device holds 1.2 TB of data using 10,000 rpm SAS drives. The FXT 3100 has two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and six Gigabit Ethernet ports, and can be clustered to 25 devices. Data or changed blocks that reside  in the 3100 is pushed across the WAN to the Avere core FXT 4000 or 3000 devices located in data centers.

“This is not for local peformance,” said Rebecca Thompson, Avere’s vice president of marketing, “so there is no flash in this unit. We are dealing with WAN latency. That is what we are mitigating. This is for data outside the data center, such as engineering applications, scientific application for genomics and remote rendering for media entertainment.”

The FXT 3100 Edge filer is built on the Avere Operating System (AOS), which does automatic tiering, advanced monitoring of the NAS environment and uses a global namespace to manage all storage as a single pool. The FXT 3100 will be available in 30 days at a list price of $42,500.

Avere, which has about 80 employees, will be using its latest funding to build out its sales and marketing teams, CEO Ron Bianchini said. He expects to add channel partners. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the C round with previous investors Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and Tenaya Capital contributing.

“It’s not really about the product anymore,” Bianchini said, “It’s about getting the message out.”

In 2009, the company secured $15 million in Series A funding from Menlo Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners. In 2010, the company got $17 million in Series B funding led by Tenaya Capital and Menlo Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners.

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