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Dec 18 2012   10:13AM GMT

Startup Exablox says it has funding, NAS product to follow

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Exablox came out of stealth today by disclosing it has $22 million in funding, but CEO Doug Brockett is only dropping hints about its product until a full-blown rollout next spring.

Brockett and director of marketing Sean Derrington described the product as NAS-like, with flash as well as hard drive storage and managed at least partially through the cloud. They said it will share characteristics with cloud gateway products, but won’t be a direct competitor to cloud NAS vendors Nasuni, Ctera, Panzura, and TwinStrata.

“It’s more than a gateway or caching appliance for file serving,” Derrington said. “We want to enable customers to easily manage capacity and performance on-premise. If they choose to locate information outside of their primary data center, they have the flexibility to do it.”

Brockett said the key characteristic for Exablox storage will be the ability to scale without complexity.

“How do you manage a scale-out infrastructure spread across lots of locations,” he said. “We think the answer is having a management system that runs on the cloud itself instead of the device.”

For now, Brockett is focused on scaling out the Mountainview, Calif., company that so far consists of 28 employees and five contractors. “It’s me and Sean and a bunch of engineers,” Brockett said. “We need to build a go-to-market team.”

Brockett said the product is designed for companies with from 50 to 500 employees, and many are already running the system on a trial basis.

The funding comes from venture capital firms DCM, Norwest Venture Partners and U.S. Venture Partners. The $22 million consists of two rounds of funding, with the first dating to 2010. Brockett comes from SonicWall and Derrington worked in storage product and cloud product marketing for Symantec.

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