Tech Sector: Storage
Key Product: Tintri VMstore
The Lowdown: Kieran Harty, Tintri's co-founder and CEO, wants to cut the cost of attaching storage to virtualized server environments. That's a challenge few understand better than Harty, who prior to founding Mountain View, Calif.-based Tintri was responsible for all desktop and server R&D at VMware from 1999 to 2006.
Tintri builds appliances which handle hundreds of VMware VMs and their storage in a single device which to a server looks like a direct-attached storage array. They include 1 TB of Flash memory and 16, 1-TB SATA hard drives with built-in compression and deduplication and an administration console which hides the complexity of attaching VMs to storage.
Tintri, founded in 2008, has so far received $17 million in Series A and Series B venture funding.