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Current CEO Christopher Gladwin founded Chicago-based Cleversafe in December 2004. According to Cleversafe's Kennedy, the company is the first to bring information dispersal to the market for enterprise storage systems. He believes it is a more cost-effective and reliable technique than traditional storage methods.
"Information dispersal is the core of our technology. It's essentially a more enhanced way to store data and information," said Kennedy. "You only have to store one copy of it, if you will. You get the levels of reliability and availability of the data as if you're making multiple copies."
Cleversafe's customers include the federal government, healthcare organizations, and communication, media and entertainment companies -- and each must deal with large amounts of data. According to Kennedy, these big data customers use multiple petabytes of data for images, videos and large unstructured content.
"[These industries] have a lot of digital assets that they use, and [they] rely on their storage system to store those assets reliably," he said. "Healthcare is a good use case for us; they store medical images, X-rays and MRIs. With a lot of data, they need a system that can scale to an appropriate level and won't cost them an arm and a leg."
IDS' Mescher said that in industries with valuable data, there is no choice but to retain all of the data, whether it is required for regulatory reasons or simply because of its value. That's where Cleversafe steps in, keeping the total cost of ownership low to store and protect important data.
"At some point you have to store it, locally protect it, remotely protect it, back it up, and you're creating multiple copies of data," said Mescher. "Cleversafe technology allows you to store the data in a way where all the copies are basically kept in one logical unit and you don't have to continue to buy storage for all these different copies."
Mescher believes Cleversafe's technology and Elevate Partner Program are especially progressive for the industry since there is less of a concentration on hardware and more on how to deal with data.
"Cleversafe is doing things there that nobody else is doing," said Mescher. "Part of the value is how their software works, and the bigger part of the value is the way the company operates. They are constantly tailoring their road map for what their partners and customers are looking for."