Qumulo Closes $32.5M Funding Round To Build Channel, Market For Data-Aware Scale-Out NAS

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Qumulo, a developer of data-aware scale-out NAS technology, this month closed a new round of funding with plans to use the money to build out its channel and sales organization.

Qumulo's new $32.5-million C-round of funding brings total funding in the Seattle-based company to $100 million, said CFO Matt Frey.

Qumulo, which was formed in 2012 by key veterans of EMC's Isilon scale-out NAS business, came out of stealth in 2015 promising to bring to market a scalable NAS solution with an integrated database that provides the ability to answer any questions about what is stored without needing to scan the data for metadata that must be stored and managed separately.

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The company started shipping its first solution in March, Frey told CRN.

Qumulo's three co-founders were all early engineers at Isilon when that company created scale-out NAS infrastructure, Frey said.

"They came together to form Qumulo when they realized the need for a data-aware solution to curate the data in innovative ways, and to scale to support [internet of things] and other solutions which generate huge volumes of data," he said.

Qumulo's technology helps companies in the telecommunications, life science, genomic research and video rendering industries, among others, rapidly inject and categorize data based on its attributes, Frey said.

"It uses a robust index engine to understand each piece of data," he said. "Our largest project to date is a 30-petabyte system."

Frey declined to discuss Qumulo's finances, including whether the company is cash-flow-positive. However, he said, the new funding will be used to expand its North American channel base and develop a European channel base. The company currently has 88 partners in North America; 75 of which are based in the U.S.

"We're looking for systems integrators with experience within their vertical markets thanks to existing relationships with key accounts," he said. "These are partners who can introduce our solution to their customer base."

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