NEWTON, Mass.--(Kaminario, a leading provider of high performance SSD storage, announced today that it has closed a $15 million series C funding round. New investor Globespan Capital Partners was joined in the round by current investors Sequoia Capital and Pitango Venture Capital. Founded in 2008, this latest round brings Kaminario’s total funding to $34 million. In addition, the company announced that Venky Ganesan, managing director, Globespan Capital Partners, will join Kaminario’s Board of Directors.)--
“This new funding will allow us to expand our reach in the market and help more customers solve their application performance problems.”
In July 2010, Kaminario introduced the K2 high performance storage appliance, the first SSD storage solution to deliver extraordinary performance and high availability. The K2 is currently being used by major financial services firms, Web media companies, telecommunications companies and government agencies. The additional investment funds will be used to expand the K2 product line, sales distribution channels and marketing.
“Since the K2’s introduction, we have seen the demand for our unique enterprise-class SSD storage grow continuously. We continue to attract customers of all sizes with one thing in common, an application where storage performance directly impacts their business,” said Dani Golan, co-founder and CEO of Kaminario. “This new funding will allow us to expand our reach in the market and help more customers solve their application performance problems.”
Based on an innovative Scale-out Performance Storage Architecture (SPEAR), the Kaminario K2 uses off-the-shelf blade servers and SSD media to create a blazingly fast, highly available and easy-to-deploy distributed storage grid appliance. The Kaminario K2 is the only SSD storage solution on the market today that delivers both enterprise-class performance and high availability, without the cost and complexity of managing multiple SSD storage devices.
“The market for SSD storage is growing at a tremendous rate, but very few of these vendors can address true enterprise storage requirements,” said Venky Ganesan, managing partner, Globespan. “Kaminario offers a revolutionary new approach, combining SSD performance with enterprise-class features that will allow mainstream applications to safely take full advantage of this exciting technology. We’re very excited to be partnering with Kaminario.”
This recent round of funding is yet another positive milestone for the company. Since launching the Kaminario K2 last year, the company has been:
- Named a “Cool Vendor in Storage” by Gartner.
- Named by InfoStor as a “Top Ten Storage Startup.”
- Named a finalist in the 2011 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards by Network Products Guide.
- Praised by numerous storage analyst groups including ESG, Taneja Group and the Kusnetzky Group for its innovative approach to high performance storage.
“Every year, there are new companies that come into the storage market. Kaminario, by offering a revolutionary, scalable enterprise solution to a pressing business issue — slow application performance — stands out from the pack. Kaminario is in a strong position to help businesses of all sizes solve this problem and become a leader in the enterprise storage market,” said Haim Sadger, managing partner, Sequoia Capital.
“Kaminario has developed a revolutionary enterprise storage architecture specifically designed to take advantage of the new SSD media available in the market,” said Aaron Mankovski, managing partner, Pitango Venture Capital. “The Kaminario approach delivers on the needs every company has for performance, availability and cost-effective scalability. We are glad to support them in bringing this solution to a broad audience.”
Kaminario K2 high performance SSD storage eliminates I/O bottlenecks to accelerate critical business applications. Kaminario uses off-the-shelf blade servers and SSD media to create a blazingly fast, highly available and easy-to-deploy distributed storage grid appliance. Driven by Kaminario’s innovative Scale-out Performance Storage Architecture™ (SPEAR) Operating System, the K2 supports millions of IOPS, tens of GBs of throughput and extremely low latency, all without compromising on high availability. SPEAR Automated Data Distribution™ and Intelligent Parallel I/O Processing™ deliver record-breaking read and write performance, automatically eliminating hot spots and bottlenecks. Kaminario is a fundamentally new and better way to store and retrieve performance-sensitive data. Kaminario is simply faster. Kaminario is located in Newton, Mass. To learn more, visit www.kaminario.com.