Cisco-Backed Elastifile Debuts Data Fabric For Managing Data From On-Premises To Clouds

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Startup Elastifile on Wednesday officially launched the Elastifile Cloud File System, a software-only, flash-native storage offering that scales data across a global namespace spanning on-premises and cloud storage.

The Elastifile Cloud File System is the first distributed file system to be built from the ground-up for cloud scale and flash storage, said Sebastiano Tevarotto, president of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company.

That allows the data to be managed and moved between on-premises and cloud storage easily, Tevarotto told CRN.

 [Related: Cisco In New Software-Defined Storage, All-Flash Storage Play With Elastifile Investment]

"We let customers find value in the data," he said. "This frees them from the legacy of focus on data. And we do this not just on premises, but also in they hybrid cloud."

Elastifile has raised over $50 million in funding, Tevarotto said. This includes investments from four enterprise data center and cloud investors including Cisco Systems, as well as funds from three enterprise flash storage investors, including Western Digital, he said. "This gives us a good position to take advantage of these vendors," he said.

The investors include other strategic partners, but Tevarotto declined to drop anymore names.

Elastifile sales are primarily channel-driven, Tevarotto said.

"We offer single-tier distribution," he said. "We will work with value-added partners who distribute our software and offer it as a subscription to create value for certain customers. This is great for partners with intimate customer relationships. Over the long term, we will move our focus to MSPs who can insert themselves into new service models with multiple cloud and SaaS providers."

Andy Fenselau, Elastifile vice president of marketing, told CRN that his company helps customers overcome two different, but related issues.

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