Boston/Berlin-based startup develops new software-defined storage systems
Munich / Bonn / Boston (USA) / Berlin, September 16, 2014: Target Partners (www.targetpartners.de) and High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) have invested a seven-figure Euro amount in Quobyte Inc. in a Series A financing round (www.quobyte.com). Quobyte is headquartered in Boston (USA) with R&D in Berlin. Quobyte develops and markets the Quobyte Unified Storage Plane (USP), a software-defined storage system that runs on commodity Linux servers. Quobyte USP enables customers to build cloud infrastructures with a quality equal to the big cloud providers such as Amazon and Google. This infusion of capital will support the startup's international growth and the further development of the software.
"In recent years the volume of data stored in data centers and companies has grown very rapidly, with no end in sight. At the same, IT has to cut costs and adapt to changing needs almost instantly. This means that data centers will have to be much more highly standardized and automated. Storage hardware is giving way to intelligent software, which can be completely reconfigured within seconds. The Software-defined Data Center heralds a paradigm shift in the storage market," said Waldemar Jantz, a partner at Target Partners. "Quobyte USP turns commodity servers into a unique, scalable and reliable storage system - laying the foundations for the data centers of the future," added Romy Schnelle, Investment Director at HTGF. The software manages stored data across all servers and provides the complete functionality of conventional Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Storage Area Network (SAN) appliances. Quobyte is a key technology for building a highly scalable data center purely with software.
Quobyte decouples storage, users and applications from the limitations of individual hardware components. Due to Quobyte's excellent fault tolerance, hardware administrators can remove, repair or replace servers, hard disks or whole racks while the system is running without users even noticing. The storage system does not need to be considered during hardware servicing. "This means that small teams can manage a large number of servers. Data center operators can keep costs under control despite rapid growth," explained Felix Hupfeld, cofounder of Quobyte. As a genuine software-defined storage system, Quobyte can make storage available via a simple interface in a matter of seconds, provision performance (IOPS) or change the data placement. "Our customers get a storage system as agile as the cloud services of Amazon or Google. With one click users can get new storage capacity or quickly move files and VM images to SSDs," commented Björn Kolbeck, cofounder of Quobyte.
Felix Hupfeld and Björn Kolbeck founded Quobyte in 2013 after gathering seven-plus years of experience while researching the open-source storage system XtreemFS at the Zuse Institute in Berlin and working on a large scale storage system at Google. Quobyte USP is currently in closed beta and will be available in Q4 2014.
Björn Kolbeck, cofounder of Quobyte, said about the financing: "Target Partners and HTGF have already invested in numerous B2B software companies and helped them to become successful. The Target Partners team also has a background in the software sector and speaks our language."
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Quobyte, which has offices in Boston (USA) and Berlin develops and distributes the Quobyte Unified Storage Plane (USP), a storage system that is entirely software-based and runs on off-the-shelf Linux servers. Quobyte USP is a key technology for building Software-defined Data Centers. The storage system is highly automated and reduces data center maintenance costs. With Quobyte companies can design their own agile and cost-effective IT, just like the bigger, commercial cloud service providers. Quobyte was founded in 2013 by Felix Hupfeld and Björn Kolbeck.
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