The multi-billion dollar acquisitions of 3PAR and Isilon this year made a lot of money for those vendors’ venture capitalists, and opened the spigot for more funding money for storage startups. The biggest beneficiaries of that spending have been startups that can legitimately tie their products and services to the cloud.
Cloud storage gateway startup Nasuni became the latest cloud storage vendor to close a funding round, picking up a $15 million stocking stuffer today from VCs. CEO Andres Rodriguez said the funding will be used to build up sales and partnerships for Nasuni Filer software, which runs as a virtual appliance and serves as a cloud gateway for NAS storage. Nasuni now has $23 million over two funding rounds.
You don’t have to be a weatherman to see that storage funding is blowing to the clouds. Nasuni’s fellow cloud gateway startups StorSimple ($13 million) and Cirtas ($10 million) closed funding rounds in September. Object-based cloud storage vendor Cleversafe grabbed $31.4 million from VCs in October, and cloud storage provider Nirvanix picked up $10 million in November.