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Start-Up’s Profile: Gridstore

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This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2009.12.23

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Company:
Gridstore, Inc.

Headquarters and offices:
HQ in Palo Alto, CA and development facilities in Dublin, Ireland.

Born in:
January 2007

Investors:
Iona Technologies, acquired by Progress Software in June 2008, whom co-founder Chris Horn is chairman of Gridstore; others investors include software firm Norkom, Antoni Sawicki, Thomasz Nowak, as well as Enterprise Ireland.

Customers:
Managed service providers, SMBs, VARs, OEMs.

Main executives with their background:

  • Kelly Murphy, co-founder and CEO, founded in 1998 Marrakech, an on-demand software company offering on-demand procurement and supply chain systems, and that raised over $75 million in venture capital and then was sold June 2006 to AMT-Sybex.
  • Antoni Sawicki, co-founder and VP of product development, also comes from Marrakech (finally sold to one of its investors, AMT Sybex, in June 2006).

Technology:
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NASg combines many devices
    into a shared storage platform

Gridstore NASg consolidates distributed NAS islands into an enterprise storage grid. The software combines the storage resources from any number of off-the-shelf NAS (storage nodes) into a shared storage pool designed for primary storage. This allows an unlimited number of storage nodes to be added to the pool over time. A NASg volume appears as a standard Microsoft network drive to clients of the grid. The cornerstone of NASg is Storage Block, an Intel/Microsoft-based storage node that features embedded Windows XP, an Intel Atom core, 1GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of SATA hard disk drives.

Pricing:

NASg storage platform begins at $800 with individual expansion nodes starting from $300 to $400.

Roadmap:
Unix and Linux capabilities will be added to today's XP Windows-based NAS technology, and also the use of cloud to offer replication.

Our Comments

NASg platform in beta helps to eliminate the complexity of traditional siloed NAS storage solutions with a grid to get a single pool of storage of virtually unlimited capacity, bandwidth (by utilizing parallel I/O to the storage nodes), and processing (as more clients are added to the NASg, more parallel processing power is also added).

Now the company had to find OEMs or MSPs to integrate its software into their NAS offering.
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