The 10 Coolest Storage Startups of 2015

Originally posted on CRN

Storage Startups: Taking Storage Where No Bits Have Gone Before

Every year brings the IT industry a new bumper crop of storage startups. Some will disappear quickly, some will disappear painfully, some will get acquired and see their technology’s future out of their control. And a lucky few will survive to become important storage technology pioneers and leaders in their own right.

The year 2015 has been no exception. CRN throughout the year identified 19 startup developers of storage solutions, classifying as startups only those that came out of stealth and unveiled their first offerings.

Expand the definition of startup to include companies that came out of stealth but did not introduce products, or which developed new mobile-only apps, or find a way to count startups that were swooped up by their larger peers without even making a bit of noise in the market, and the number is much larger.

Here are CRN’s picks for the 10 coolest storage startups that came out of stealth mode in 2015. Which will make it? You decide.

If you missed it, be sure to take a look back at the rest of the best of 2015 with CRN.

ioFABRIC: Flash-Optimized Software Defined Storage

CEO: Steven Lamb

Toronto-based ioFABRIC in July came out of stealth mode with the unveiling of its first round of funding, and followed up a month later with the introduction of ioFABRIC Vicinity, a flash-optimized, software-defined storage solution for multi-vendor data centers.

ioFABRIC Vicinity deploys as a physical or virtual appliance to provide storage automation to unify existing storage resources, centralize storage management, simplify flash deployment, and improve storage utilization — all based on application-specific quality-of-service requirements for performance, capacity and data protection.

ioFABRIC Vicinity automatically migrates data across diverse storage resources depending on required performance, the company said. It discovers storage media in the infrastructure, and continually monitors it for application workload suitability. ioFABRIC Vicinity is licensed by capacity, with site and perpetual licenses available.

Be sure to check out the rest of the “cool” startups here!