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Vast Data Secured $118 Million in Series E Funding

Total as high as $381 million in 7 rounds

VAST Data Inc. secured $118 million in series E funding, led by Fidelity Management & Research Company and accompanied by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), BOND Capital and Drive Capital.

The funding will advance firm’s mission to deliver a new category of infrastructure that puts data at the center of how systems think, react, and discover. This breakthrough will empower organizations to effectively address their most pressing data challenges, enabling unprecedented advancements in technology, economics, social dynamics, and scientific research.

The VAST Data Platform unifies storage, database, and containerized compute engine services into a single, scalable software platform architected from the ground up to power AI and GPU-accelerated tools in modern data centers and clouds. It enables organizations to understand all data, both structured and unstructured as it exists in the natural world, to generate superior insights and unlock new value.

A new AI data stack is required,” said Renen Hallak, CEO and co-founder. “To be truly impactful in this era of AI and deep learning, you not only want to have a lot of data, but also high quality data that is correctly organized and available at the right place, at the right time. The VAST Data Platform delivers AI infrastructure that opens the door to automated discovery that can solve some of humanity’s most complex challenges.”

We believe that VAST Data is a pioneer in the AI GPU space,” said Scott Sandell, chairman, CEO and CIO, NEA. “With deep learning at the center of the massive AI movement we are experiencing, interest and investment in VAST Data has escalated, and we are thrilled to partner with the VAST Data team as they drive influence and innovation in the global AI technology sector.”

The funding follows a pivotal 2023 calendar year, marked by:

  • Business Momentum: At the end of 3FQ23, surpassed $1 billion in cumulative software bookings, and achieved 3.3x Y/Y growth and maintained positive cash flow for the last 12 quarters with a gross margin of nearly 90%.
  • Organizations Across All Industries Trust the Company: Has amassed a growing customer roster of global enterprises including Booking Holdings, Inc., U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Energy, Verizon, Boston Children’s Hospital, Pixar, and Zoom.
  • Reimagining AI Cloud Infrastructure: Through innovative customer partnerships with companies like CoreWeave, Lambda and Core42 (formerly G42 Cloud), delivering the infrastructure that is purpose built for next-gen AI clouds.
  • Deepened Commitment to Partners: Since its founding, worked closely with partners to break down technology tradeoffs and barriers while improving the overall customer experience. In May 2023, it furthered this mission with the VAST Data Platform achieving Nvidia DGX SuperPOD certification, making large scale AI deployments simpler, faster, more reliable and easier to manage. In April 2023, it entered into a strategic partnership with HPE, helping enterprise customers manage unstructured data with high performance at scale to deliver superior time to data insight.
  • Global Expansion: Now with more than 700 employees worldwide, actively broadening its business footprint, penetrating new regions in AsiaPac, the Middle East, and Europe.

The VAST Data Platform’s capacity to process large quantities of data at unparalleled scale and speed signifies a transformative shift in industry operations, underscoring the pivotal role of deep learning AI in shaping future advancements.

This sentiment was shared by customers and partners across the industry, including:

Data is every company’s most valuable asset,” said Manuvir Das, VP enterprise computing, Nvidia. “Nvidia and Vast Data are collaborating to enable enterprises to harness their data using accelerated computing and cloud-based AI solutions to tackle their biggest challenges.

Some of the most data-intensive and computationally advanced customers on the planet trust CoreWeave, Nvidia and VAST to deliver the most secure and scalable solutions on top of the industry’s fastest and most flexible AI infrastructure,” said Michael Intrator, CEO and co-founder, CoreWeave. “We’re honored to partner with VAST to provide purpose-built accelerated computing solutions that solve the complex AI and data challenges that enterprises face now and into the future.”

Data is the only competitive advantage in AI and therefore infrastructure that can simplify and scale data access is crucial for any organization training AI models,” said Sanjeev Mohan, principal, SanjMo. “With a modern data platform fine-tuned for the performance and scale AI requires, VAST Data is well-positioned to capture a massive opportunity.

Resource:
Blog: A New Value, by Jeff Denworth, co-founder, VAST Data

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