Technologies such as flash caching, cloud disaster recovery, hyper-convergence and object storage came into their...
own in 2014, prompting an influx of new data storage startups. Listed alphabetically below is our list of 10 data storage startups that have launched since the fourth quarter of 2013 that you should keep a close eye on in 2015.
Beijing Memblaze Technology Co. Ltd.
Flagship Product: PBlaze4 Hardware Flash Accelerator
Product Launch: General availability in 2015
Although technically not a startup, Memblaze is trying to break into U.S. markets. The company has been around since 2011, selling earlier iterations of its NVMe-based PBlaze PCI Express (PCIe) flash devices to Chinese hyperscale organizations. Memblaze places memory on PCIe cards rather than storage systems to enable capacity planning. PBlaze4 devices will be available in nearly 40 memory configurations using Memblaze's Pianokey technology, which enables MLC and SLC flash to be added in 50 GB increments.
Flagship Product: CacheAdvance software
Product Launch: August 2014
CacheBox provides a bare-metal caching software layer known as CacheAdvance that bridges hard disk and all-flash storage. The algorithm balances static and dynamic caching policies, applying block-level intelligence to manage input/output requests from high availability storage. Server-side cache and guest-level operating system cache are supported for MySQL and MongoDB environments that run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or Linux-based storage. CacheBox's initial release supports kernel-based virtual machine hypervisors, with VMware vSphere support on the 2015 roadmap.
Flagship Product: Coho Data Stream
Product Launch: October 2013
Coho Data Stream is a 3U hybrid storage array with software-defined networking. The scale-out object storage platform provides up to 39 TB of storage and 180,000 IOPS in a 2U storage array that includes two 800 GB PCIe cards, six 3 TB spinning disks and two 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports. A 1U rack contains a 52-port GbE switch. Nodes natively integrate Network File System. Coho's system automatically moves data to new nodes for load balancing.
Flagship Product: Discovery Series 2000 array
Product Launch: August 2014
DataGravity's DG2200 and DG2400 hybrid arrays enable real-time search, data governance and data protection of unstructured files. CIFS, iSCSI, NFS and SMB all are supported. A primary Discovery controller node stores data on hard disk drives and mirrors it to a secondary node for data mining to avoid impacts to production storage. DataGravity software correlates data and metadata across users, time and content type. The arrays enable file-level restores and dynamic allocation of storage and data protection.
Infinio Systems Inc.
Flagship Product: Infinio Accelerator 2.0
Product Launch: August 2014
Infinio Accelerator is a content-addressable random-access memory (RAM) cache acceleration engine that supports multiple block storage protocols for VMware storage. Packaged as a network of virtual appliances, Accelerator borrows idle RAM from servers and creates a distributed caching and acceleration layer, enabling VMs to share commonly accessed blocks. Infinio's content-aware indexing scheme caches only one copy of a given page and asynchronously applies a hash calculation to locate content in distributed cache.
Flagship Product: MX6000 Series
Product Launch: Expected January 2015
Mangstor's solid-state block storage device combines MLC NAND flash main memory with magneto-resistive dynamic RAM chips from Everspin Technologies as a circular write buffer. The configuration rapidly acknowledges writes and eliminates the need for super capacitors. Mangstor NVMe drives are compatible with PCIe 3.0 and available in half-height and full-height form factors with 3 TB and 4 TB of raw storage, respectively. Targeted use cases include database acceleration and virtual desktop infrastructure.
Flagship Product: Maxta Storage Platform
Product Launch: November 2013
We'll find out in 2015 if Maxta's timing was great or lousy. The Maxta Storage Platform launched around the same time as VMware's Virtual SAN software, and both software applications turn commodity hardware into hyper-converged systems. Maxta's timing means there is a market for its software but its challenge will be to avoid getting steamrolled as VMware lines up most major hardware vendors as partners. Through its MaxDeploy reference architecture, Maxta software has been validated to run on servers from Cisco and Hewlett-Packard.
Flagship Product: Atomic Unit hybrid array
Product Launch: June 2014
Nimboxx's AU-110 hyper-convergence platform supports SAS hard disk storage and solid-state drives (SSD) and comes bundled with its MeshOS software. Each single-node unit provides up to 10 TB of hard drive capacity or up to 8 TB with two flash modules. MeshOS takes point-in-time snapshots of VMs, compresses and deduplicates a running VM image in RAM, and ships encrypted data to cloud storage. MeshOS enables multi-tier caching and aggregates reads and writes in SSD.
Flagship Product: OneCloud Recovery
Product Launch: November 2014
OneCloud aims to provide low-cost cloud storage for disaster recovery of applications with stringent recovery time and recovery point objectives. OneCloud Recovery (OCR) installs on-premises as a virtual appliance on a VMware ESXi host. OCR automatically detects and creates a virtual data center replica in Amazon Web Services. OneCloud's policy engine enables users to set service level agreements (SLAs) for applications and will automatically provision storage and other resources based on the SLA requirements.
Flagship Product: Storiant object storage software
Product Launch: May 2014
Storiant's proprietary object storage platform integrates open source technologies such as OpenZFS file system, the Cassandra NoSQL database for object metadata, and OpenStack Swift's object-oriented API. Storiant targets financial services, security firms and service providers that need cold storage of unstructured data. Storiant claims the cost of its private cloud-based object storage rivals that of large public cloud providers. In December, the vendor rolled out its StoriantLink gateway to support NAS protocols.
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