A-Qumulo-ate: Scale-out filer startup funds-slurp hits $230m

Data bloat antidote hopeful pockets $90m in investor cash round

Commercial scale-out filesystem startup Qumulo has scored $93m in a D-round of funding, taking the total raised past $233m.

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The over-subscribed round for the Seattle data storage biz was led by BlackRock, with strategic investment cash from Goldman Sachs and Western Digital, and follow-on investments from all major existing investors – Highland Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), the Madrona Venture Group (where Qumulo CEO Bill Richter is a venture partner) and Valhalla Partners.

The filer firm launched in 2012 and took in $26.8m in 2013. Further funding news was absent until 2015, when another $40m came in, followed by $32.5m in 2016 and another £30m in 2017.

Now we get a monster $93m. What's the cash going to be used for?

Qumulo said the capital will be used for geographic expansion, more engineering staff and facilities, and a buffer of cash for the future.

The firm, which claims to have grown its revenues at a triple-digit rate, said its customers include nine of the top 10 Hollywood film studios, a bunch of Fortune 500 companies and, it has boasted, three of the five largest companies on Earth.

We reckon that, if this growth rate carries on, a Qumulo IPO will be a near sure fire bet in 2019/20 as the VCs look for an exit route. ®




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