Tech Sector: Storage
Key Product: Slicestor appliances, Accesser routers
The Lowdown: Cleversafe, a Chicago-based developer of cloud storage technology started in 2004, found that the easiest way to ensure data security is to hide the data in the open. The company's Dispersed Storage technology stores data by slicing it up into several slices and distributing the slices across multiple storage nodes, which can be either within a corporate data center, across multiple data centers, or in a storage cloud.
By slicing data into slices and distributing it across multiple nodes, the data is secure since any unauthorized person who got access to one slice would not be able to access the entire data set. One of its strategic investors is In-Q-Tel, an investment arm of the U.S. Intelligence Community.