Startup Offers Storage Solution Based on Standard Servers

What had operated in stealth mode as Storvisor is now out in the open. Springpath, a startup founded by a group of VMware veterans, made its debut this week. The Sunnyvale, California-based company has been building a software-defined storage platform that isnEUt tied to any specific hardware.

The new company has been funded to the tune of $34 million by New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sequoia Capital. Springpath aims to provide storage and data management software that promises reliable and scalable storage services. The basic approach is to remove enterprisesEU reliance on capital-intensive hardware.

The software-only platform, sold on a subscription basis, runs on standard servers and decouples data from the application layer. The software is not tied to any particular platform, hardware or application.

Based on that, the company refers to the software as independent infrastructure, based on what it calls HALO architecture, short for Hardware Agnostic Log-structured Objects. The architecture is built from the bottom up based on different pieces of intellectual property.

Open Market

When we reached Henry Baltazar, senior analyst for Serving Infrastructure and Operations Professionals at Forrester, he said the market Springpath is entering could be wide open.

"Software-defined storage (SDS) is still a developing market, and no one is dominating the space," Baltazar told us. "This is a good area for startups such as Springpath to disrupt traditional storage vendors who have large-array businesses that could be disrupted by SDS."

A lot of storage centers are still using technology from the 1990s, meaning enterprises often have to deal with inflexible silos. Springpath hopes that storage arrays will soon be replaced by software-defined storage with commodity servers underneath.

Both of Springpath's co-founders, Mallik Mahalingam and Krishna Yadappanavar, were formerly with VMware. Mahalingam spent about a decade as principal engineer at VMware, where he worked on projects including vSphere Networking and storage...

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