23 Storage, Communications Companies Piquing Investor Interest12:00 PM EST Fri. Oct. 12, 2012
At the Intel Capital Global Summit, held last week in Huntington Beach, Calif., Intel Capital discussed its investment strategy while providing over 100 of the companies in its investment portfolio, ranging from startups to well-established global players, the chance to pitch for new investors, customers and partners.
Each vendor got a grand total of 1 minute and 45 seconds to present the company's products, missions, goals and anything else to grab the attention of the audience.
In Part 1 of the Intel Capital Global Summit elevator pitch review, CRN introduced 12 Intel Capital-backed vendors in the software and services business.
Turn the page to catch the elevator pitches of 23 companies in the storage and communications business.
Active Storage, a Torrance, Calif.-based developer of high-performance storage systems, is actively developing big data technology targeting what CEO Alex Grossman said would be a $15 billion market by the year 2015.
Active Storage is using its own software intellectual property and a knowledge of the content development process based on its experience working with media and creative professionals to solve the problems related to managing petabytes of data, Grossman said.
Amplidata, which develops object storage systems for managing big data, wants to provide customers the opportunity to access hundreds of petabytes of data at half the cost of RAID-based storage, said Mike Wall, CEO of the Lochristi, Belgium-based company.
The AmpliStor Object Storage system is built on a scale-out commodity-based platform. Its BitSpread erasure coding software, similar to the erasure code used by companies like Amazon and Google, provides failure-tolerant storage, Wall said.
Amplidata is looking to license its technology to companies that want to compete with cloud providers, he said.
Boxborough, Mass.-based network security appliance developer Crossbeam works with customers to reduce the complexity of large data center and telecom networks, said President and CEO Mike Ruffolo.
The company's technology consolidates multiple security appliances into a single virtualized platform running software from any security vendor, reducing the number of boxes customers need to purchase by up to 100-to-1 and reducing the related power and cooling costs of telecom, mobile, financial or enterprise data centers by up to 50 percent, Ruffolo said.
Cymphonix, a Salt Lake City-based developer of Internet management solutions, is developing technology that lets businesses prioritize the traffic across their networks, said CEO Joe Lowry.
The company's Cymphonix Composer series of appliances provide the capability to report on, speed up, slow down or cut out any user or group of users or content on a network, Lowry said.
Cymphonix is currently looking for partners with hosted solutions that could work with the company's technology, he said.
Elasticbox, a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup developer of technology for deploying applications across multiple cloud providers, simplifies and normalizes the way customers deploy and manage applications inside heterogeneous cloud, said CEO Ravi Srivatsav.
Elasticbox provides tools to control the cost of going to the cloud, as well as tools to manage and deploy cloud apps, all while ensuring customers' compliance requirements, Srivatsav said. Those tools provide flexibility in terms of the framework, and the specific version of the framework, used to develop the apps, he said.
GigaSpaces is developing in-memory technology to speed up enterprise applications, said Amnon Raviv, head of Americas ISV and OEM sales for the New York-based company.
GigaSpaces takes advantage of scaling, real-time analytics, big data and high-availability technologies to increase enterprise application performance while helping protect those applications from failures, Raviv said.
San Jose, Calif.-based InMage develops software that provides data protection and remote disaster recovery in physical and virtualized environments, with full-featured failover and failback capabilities and support for heterogeneous storage platforms, said CEO Kumar Malavalli.
InMage also provides SmartCloud, a platform that MSPs or cloud providers can use to develop disaster recovery as a service, Malavalli said.
Microland, a Bangalore, India-based specialist IT infrastructure services provider, provides 24/7/365 services to customers around the world, said Bala Palamadai, executive vice president of global sales.
Those services include remote infrastructure management services and holistic infrastructure services, Palamadai said.
Fabless semiconductor company Netronome develops solutions that turn oceans of packet data into manageable flows of data, said Howard Bubb, CEO of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company.
The company is working with and looking to partner with customers in the networking, security and software-defined networking (SDN) markets, Bubb said.
Nirvanix, a San Diego-based provider of enterprise cloud storage technology offers technology that help customers build public, private and hybrid cloud storage services, said Scott Genereux, president and CEO.
Genereux said that while data is growing at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 50 percent, that data doesn't generate useful information until it is needed. However, he said, it is hard for most businesses to invest quickly enough in their own storage infrastructures to take advantage of that data, which is where storage clouds become important.
Tokyo-based OneBe is the developer of the TrustDelete software for remotely deleting sensitive data and personal information stored on mobile devices. Seiji Itai, vice president and co-founder of OneBe, said TrustDelete allows customers who lose a portable device to remotely delete the device's data before it is accessed by unauthorized people.
OneBe is currently developing TrustDelete for Ultrabook mobile PCs, Itai said.
Sterling Heights, Mich.-based Ovonyx commercializes its own phase-change semiconductor memory technology through joint development projects with partners, said Ward Parkinson, co-founder of the company.
Phase-change memory is a type of solid-state memory that the company said has several advantages over DRAM or flash memory, including lower cost and the ability to retain memory without power for years, making it suitable for instant-on operation in PCs and mobile devices.
Parkinson said phase-change, non-volatile memory provides direct block write capabilities so that existing data does not need to be erased. Unlike DRAM, the data in phase-change memory does not need refreshing. The technology can be used to replace NAND flash memory in low-cost 3-cell implementations, he said.
PerspecSys protects sensitive data in the cloud by replacing it with token values to ensure that such data will never leave the cloud, said David Canellos, president and CEO of the McLean, Va.-based software developer.
The company's technology, developed for customers who are moving applications to the cloud, preserves the applications' interface and functionality while protecting the data, Canellos said.
Powervation, a private, fabless semiconductor company, develops digital power controllers for increasing the efficiency, performance, and reliability of networking, storage and communications systems, said Mike McAuliffe, CEO of the Cork, Ireland-based company.
The company's products, including advanced system-on-chip (SoC) power controllers and intelligent digital self-optimizing solutions, use advanced algorithms to optimize power reliability to address data center and cloud infrastructures, McAuliffe said.
Venkataraman Prasannan, general manager of the Telecom Equipment Division of Radisys, said his company develops embedded wireless infrastructure solutions that enable the development of end-to-end LTE infrastructure.
Those solutions are aimed at helping customers get to market and deploy new technology quickly and get what he called the "first mover advantage" in business and consumer clouds, software virtualization and software defined networking (SDN), Prasannan said.
Emeryville, Calif.-based Sendmail is the developer of the Sentrion email integration platform, a hardware and virtual appliance offering that performs intelligent email policy and message inspection to make sure they are integrated with corporate business policies, applications and processes, said President and CEO Glen Vondrick.
Sentrion makes sure a message gets to the right place at the right time and that action gets taken on it, Vondrick said.
Labege, France-based Sigfox develops machine-to-machine ultra narrow band (UNB) wireless technology that takes advantage of free frequency radio bands to transmit data over a narrow spectrum to and from connected objects, with ranges of up to 40 km (about 25 miles) in open areas.
Ludovic le Moan, president and director general for Sigfox, said his company's technology is being deployed worldwide to help customers deploy next-generation networks.
Solera Networks develops software that provides real-time visibility into compromises and attacks on data in the network, said Steve Shillingford, president and CEO of the South Jordan, Utah-based company.
The software works similar to the way a surveillance camera does in physical security by recording, classifying, indexing and replaying network traffic, Shillingford said. That data can be married to geolocation information to tell customers what to look for in an attack and how to prevent future attacks, he said.
Terascala develops scalable storage appliances based on the Lustre open-source parallel file system specifically for adding performance to big data applications, said Steve Butler, CEO of the Avon, Mass.-based vendor.
The Terascala storage solutions, which are based on Intel servers and storage arrays from NetApp, EMC or Dell, provide five nines (99.999 percent) of availability, Butler said.
Shanghai, China-based Transmension Scientific is a designer and producer of 3-D games that can be played directly on a television without the need of a game console, said Zhiyu Pan, founder and CEO of the company.
Transmension also works with other game developers to port their games to the company's technology, which offers an embedded platform for IPTV, set-top boxes and net-TV boxes, Pan said.
Virtustream, Bethesda, Md., delivers cloud compute resources for enterprise cloud implementations.
However, said Chairman and CEO Rodney Rogers, rather than charging for virtual machine resources by the hour, Virtustream actually breaks down the attributes of virtual machines in the cloud into their compute, memory and storage resources and then optimizes those resources.
As a result, Rogers said, customers can size and price those resources with up to 30 percent greater efficiency than other cloud providers.
VisionOSS, or VOSS, enables large enterprises and cloud-based service providers to deliver IPT and unified communications and collaboration to their customers, said Mike Frayne, CEO of the Richardson, Texas-based company.
The VOSS software enables fast deployment of communications technology in data centers with lower total cost of ownership, increased automation and efficiency, and improved user satisfaction compared with traditional platforms, Frayne said.
Milpitas, Calif.-based Virident develops PCIe storage-class memory modules along with software that treats the flash memory as if it is server memory. Sunil Samel, vice president of strategic partnerships at Virident, said the company also provides flash-optimized hardware RAID technology that provides sustained performance for data center operations.