Rubrik Scores Huge $61M Funding Round, Expands Data Management Focus Beyond VMware

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Rubrik, a startup developer of a converged data management platform for complete data protection and data services, Tuesday announced the closing of a massive new $61 million funding round.

Rubrik also unveiled the release of a new cloud data management platform that moves the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company away from its VMware-centric solution focus to technology that enables partners to help customers manage data across a variety of physical and cloud infrastructures.

Tuesday's $61 million C series funding, led by Khosla Ventures and including existing investors, brings total funding in Rubrik to more than $112 million in the 30 months since the company was founded, said Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha.

[Related: Rubrik Lands $41M Funding, Looks To Simplify Data Protection]

Rubrik's last funding round, which brought it $41 million, closed in May 2015.

Sinha told CRN that the new funding should be sufficient for the company to achieve cash-flow-positive status.

"We have cash from our last round," he said. "We'll be using this new funding to double down on developing new products, new marketing, and every aspect of building a large-scale company."

Tuesday's unveiling of the new Firefly release of the Rubrik Cloud Data Management platform is heavily focused on expanding Rubrik's ability to manage data across multiple platforms, Sinha said.

The Rubrik Cloud Data Management platform previously supported only VMware environments, but now supports physical Linux and SQL environments as well, he said.

The platform, which used to support only Amazon Web Services' cloud, now adds Microsoft Azure to the mix, he said. "We're seeing a lot of interest in Azure by enterprises," he said. "Azure is included in customers' enterprise license agreements. And we also needed multi-cloud capabilities, so we added Azure."

Also new to the Rubrik Cloud Data Management platform is support for remote office data protection and data management with a software-only version of the solution. The platform also adds instant replication to the cloud with the ability to use the cloud for disaster recovery, he said. "This all expands our total addressable market significantly," he said.

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