6. Storage Funding High
2013 was a very good year for several storage vendors who reported large rounds of funding. Storage funding winners included:
-- $150 million for Pure Storage, in what is likely a record funding round for an enterprise storage startup.
-- $58 million for SimpliVity, to help develop technology and markets for its OmniCube converged infrastructure technology.
-- $51.6 million for cloud storage company Skyera in a round led by Dell.
-- $31 million for all-flash array developer SolidFire in a round led by flash memory manufacturer Samsung.
And others, including $25 million for cloud storage gateway developer Panzura; $20 million for storage optimization software developer Atlantis Computing; $17 million for distributed enterprise storage developer Maginatics; $13 million for Ceph developer InkTank; $13 million for cloud disaster recovery provider Zerto; and $10 million for cloud backup developer SageCloud.