Online Storage Newcomer Ocarina Gets $20M Funding

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-02-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The company claims to provide the industry's first patented content-aware compression and object deduplication technologies to reduce the space taken by online file data -- thus lowering costs for power and cooling in the data center.

PARIS-Online storage newcomer Ocarina Networks said Feb. 25 that it has closed a $20 million round of financing.

The Series B round was led by JAFCO Ventures, with major participation from Series A investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Highland Capital Partners. Kleiner Perkins has been an early backer of such IT success stories as Amazon.com, Google, LSI Logic, Quantum, Sun Microsystems and Tandem.

The company claims to provide the industry's first patented content-aware compression and object deduplication technologies to reduce the space taken by online file data-thus lowering costs for power and cooling in the data center. 

A number of companies-namely EMC Avamar, NetApp, Quantum, FalconStor, Pillar Data Systems, Data Domain and others-would dispute that claim, however, since they've all been using top-flight data deduplication features for three years or more.

CEO Murli Thirumale will not be disputed, however, when he said that "online storage optimization is one of the most important developments in the storage industry, and is fast becoming a 'must have' for anyone with growing storage needs and a desire to contain costs."

Ocarina said its software seamlessly snaps into existing storage systems to enable users to store the same amount of data on significantly fewer disks.

The San Jose, Calif.-based company said its Ocarina Optimizers have shrunk over a billion files in beta testing with early users.

Ocarina's three-step software line-called Extract, Correlate and Optimize-can deduplicate file types that include e-mail, photos, video, Microsoft Office and industry-specific file types for energy, media, medicine and genomics. 



 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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