Amidst all the venture investments this year in startups that generate gobs of data -- from those focused on everything from apps to drones to the Internet of Things to Big Data -- are a batch of newcomers aiming to help organizations store and access all that information. Yes, storage companies are pulling in big bucks in 2015, as they did in 2014, and a couple have even double-dipped this year and announced two rounds of funding.
What’s more, these new rivals to EMC, NetApp and other established storage players actually have a bit of flair. Rubrik, for example, cites the “industry luminaries” backing it, channels H.G. Wells by referring to its product as a “time machine” and claims to be able to “eliminate backup software.” Tachyon, out of UC Berkeley, gets to play the open source card with its lab-hatched technology. Others, such as Kaminario and Tegile Systems, are heavily into flash storage, while SimpliVity and Rubrik go beyond storage as "hyperconverged" players.
These companies are largely clustered in California and Massachusetts, though a solid Israeli influence can also be seen.
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