(The Hosting News) – Cloud storage system pioneer Scality today announced a successful Series B round of funding led by IdInvest Partners (formerly AGF Private Equity) to secure an additional US $7 million. Scality will complement its San Francisco headquarters with an East Coast sales and services office in New York. Furthermore, Scality continues enhancing its unique distributed object-based storage platform, adding full multi-tenancy for Service Providers who want to offer Virtual Private Clouds, and new tiering algorithm for the Private clouds environments.
Scality’s total investment to date is $13 million. Its valuation doubled after a strong Series A round of funding in May 2010, thanks to the successful delivery of a complete email platform to cable operator Telenet for over 2 million users, and to the very strong sales pipeline. CAPE, Galileo and Jerome Lecat, Scality’s CEO, re-invested in the Round B funding.
“We have received considerable interest from potential investors as Scality is positioned in the heart of the cloud revolution, with object-based storage being at the early stages of Gartner hype curve,” said Lecat. “IdInvest who has financed several companies based in the Silicon Valley with R&D in France, is the perfect partner for us, with capacity to continue funding the growth of Scality and significant experience in the service provider market.”
Scality RING solves urgent intransigent storage problems that SAN, NAS, or unified vendors do not or cannot solve. Users receive equal or better reliability in addition to performance, with much greater scalability, simplified management, and lower total cost of ownership savings of more than 50% when compared to traditional SAN, NAS, or unified solutions. Scality RING is a complete storage and data infrastructure system enabling ongoing cost savings and architecture rationalizations across the board.
“Cloud-scale IT means little if it doesn’t include a next-generation, cloud-scale storage infrastructure that can flex in-line with changing capacity and performance requirements in a highly efficient manner. Scality’s traction to date demonstrates that RING is already addressing some pretty thorny storage challenges in both public and private cloud environments; challenges that a growing number of organizations are starting to experience. The latest funding round is an important next step in helping Scality fulfill its undoubted potential.” comments Simon Robinson, Research Director, Storage from the 451 Group.
“Scality is one of these rare projects where we find together an experienced management team, a proven technology, and a strong market opportunity,” said Matthieu Baret, Partner at Idinvest, who joins the Board of Scality.
Scality is the developer of RING, an application centric cloud storage system which delivers the performance and high-availability of traditional SAN without the complexity, costs and operational problem, usually associated with large scale storage platforms.
Scality RING transforms commodity x86 server hardware equipped with any kind of storage (SSD, SCSI, SAS…) into a single namespace capable of handling billions of files, without any hassle of volume management or complex backup procedures. It easily scales up into the exa-bytes Scality RING is based on a patented object storage technology which delivers total control of storage through application driven tiering and data retention policies.
Scality is used as the core storage system by Service Providers for applications such as webmail for many millions of users; Cloud Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS); web services for business applications with very high performance expectations; and web services for Web 2.0 applications.