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$55 Million in Financing for Pivot3

Total at more than $247 million since inception in 2002
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2016.03.17

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Pivot3, Inc. announced a $55 million equity and bank financing closing today.

The funding will accelerate the company's growth and enable it to bring to market the most extensive suite of hyper-converged and flash storage solutions with predictable performance that is available today.

Argonaut Private Equity and S3 Ventures are providing funding for this round.

The support for Pivot3's strategy and growth record from existing investors as well as the interest from new investors are indicators of Pivot3's future business success.

"We are dedicated to investing in market-leading companies that deliver innovative solutions for real world problems, and Pivot3 exemplifies our mission," said Steve Mitchell, MD, Argonaut Private Equity. "Hyper-converged infrastructure and flash storage are two emerging markets that are experiencing unprecedented growth. Pivot3 is poised to become an unparalleled presence with truly differentiated solutions that address the cost and complexity of the modern IT data center in a far broader and more comprehensive way than its competitors."

As part of this financing, Pivot3 will move its banking relationship to Square1 Bank, the emerging leader in technology financing.

"The insight to future technology needs and the aggressive movement to market opportunities that we see in Pivot3 make it a great customer for Square1 Bank and our team of technology bankers," said Ken Fugate, founder and MD, Square1 Bank. "We expect to grow over the years with them."

In February 2016, Pivot3 acquired NexGen Storage, provider of PCIe flash arrays with storage QoS and dynamic provisioning capabilities. The two companies combined capabilities allow customers to apply the right infrastructure and priority to each workload, application or business service according to its business value and to guarantee the appropriate level of service.

The latest round of funding will accelerate the integration of the combined NexGen and Pivot3 product set, development of new products and advancement of the go-to-market plan.

According to Technology Business Research (TBR), hyper-converged platforms are nearing a $10.6 billion addressable market in the United States as more organizations are drawn to more efficient internal processes and operations management. TBR shows the flash storage market in a similar hyper-growth rate, suggesting that flash storage will reach a $13.5 billion market value by 2018.

The latest round of financing allows Pivot3 to deliver a new set of solutions that address the critical data center challenges of agility and cost as organizations move to the software-defined data center of the future. Pivot3 will use the funding to integrate the NexGen QoS capabilities with Pivot3's leading HCI solutions while extending its patented scalar erasure coding to the NexGen high-performance storage solutions. With the combined technologies, Pivot3 is able to expand the use cases served with an improved technology architecture versus traditional HCI. This is the only solution of its kind in the industry.

"Companies today need a dynamic, agile and flexible IT infrastructure that can provide them with a competitive advantage as well as a lower TCO," said Ron Nash, CEO, Pivot3. "Pivot3 is tackling this challenge head-on by initiating a market-wide transformation that will expand the traditional notion of hyper-convergence and high-performance storage and allow customers to effectively and efficiently manage IT as they adapt more quickly to emerging business challenges."

Our Comments

Pivot3 is an old start-up, born in 2002, that is the 9th one in our ranking of total financing funding in the history of the storage industry, with as much as $247.4 million, in 13 rounds.

Historical record in total financial funding
(more than $240 million)

Start-ups Total financial funding in $ million
Cloudera 1,041
Box 554.5
Pillar Data Systems 544
Pure Storage 470
Nutanix 312
SimpliVity 276
Tintri 260
Dropbox 257.2
Pivot3 247.4

Since the beginning of 2016, there was only eight financial rounds for storage start-ups, compared to 51 in entire 2015 year with seven rounds at more than $70 million.

What Pivot3 got, $55 million, is the highest amount received by a start-up this year, in front of $50 million by Zerto.

Financial funding per year*
of Pivot3
in $ million

Year Amount
2005 9
2006 1.1
2007 31.3
2008 24
2009 2
2010 29 (25+4)
2012 23
2013 14
2014 14
2015 45
2016 55
TOTAL 247.4

* sometimes several rounds the same year

The company was in IP SANs for video surveillance and then concentrated on storage-centric hyper-converged infrastructure, acquiring in 2016 NexGen Storage, start-up in hybrid storage appliances, dynamic all-flash arrays and QoS capabilities. Nexgen was launched by co-founders of LeftHand in 2010, got two rounds of financing in 2011, $2 million and $10 million, was acquired by Fusion-io in 2013 and then by SanDisk, and finally was a spin-off of SanDisk in 2015 becoming once more a start-up.

Pivot3 is now in a fast-growing market that begins to be highly competitive.

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