Feeds

Barrall's baby gets bundle of cash for scale-out filer tech

Gridstore scores $12.5m to embiggen sales

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Grid-based scale-out filer storage startup Gridstore has landed $12.5m in funding to expand its sales channels.

Gridstor, background here, provides a scale-out filer, the GS100, in a grid – a trademarked kind, called The Grid – using low-cost Atom-powered nodes and VCT (Virtual Controller Technology), which provides simpler virtual pooling of storage capacity than a clustered system.

As you might expect, the participating investors are dead keen about the company's product and prospects. Glenn Solomon, a partner at investor GGV Capital, has joined Gridstore's board, and said: "The company's approach is unique and its customers rave about the combination of simplicity, performance and value that Gridstore delivers."

Another investor, Shomit Ghose, a partner at ONSET Ventures, has also joined the board, and said: "Legacy storage architectures weren’t designed to support the requirements of Big Data, cloud and virtualisation environments." Actually the monolithic and dual controller arrays are doing OK now, but in a future with massively more amounts of data coming every organisation's way they can't grow fast enough or in small enough increments for companies on tight budgets.

EMC is talking a step in this direction with its acquired Isilon scale-out filer technology which, sources say, is likely to become the mainstay of its Hadoop big data activities.

Gridstore chaireman Geoff Barrall, the founder of BlueArc and Drobo, has previously said: "I've been looking at scale-out storage solutions for many years and every product has been fraught with low performance and high cost caused by the clustering model that has been universally used.

"When I was introduced to Gridstore, my first thought was: 'Here is a company that finally has it right.' Its simple, elegant design allows for a much higher level of performance and scale than cluster-based solutions, while requiring a fraction of their cost to maintain," he enthused.

Gridstore founder and CEO Kelly Murphy adds: “It’s the end of big storage. The dynamics of enterprise storage requirements are changing and 30-year-old legacy technology doesn’t cut it anymore. Web-scale giants such as Amazon and Google have proven that."

Gridstore is targeting mid-market enterprises who can't afford the cost and complexity involved in growing traditional dual-controller array estates and need a simpler Lego storage box model – add a node and it just fits right in and works.

A £12.5m cash infusion is not generous, and takes total funding to $15m, but then Gridstore is primarily a software company, and doesn't need hardware development levels of cash. It will be interesting to see how it parlays this dozen million dollars into a sales channel oriented to small and medium enterprises and the traction it gets with them. It's the perennial question in storage start-up land: will users buy from a start-up or choose tried and tested and known big brand suppliers? ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD
... and possibly bring us even more HAMR time. Yay!
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.