Cisco And NetApp Invest In Datos IO, OEM Agreement With NetApp In The Works

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NetApp and Cisco Systems have invested in Datos IO, a developer of application-centric data management. The startup's CEO also reveals that his company is pursuing an OEM relationship with NetApp.

Datos IO, founded in 2014, came to market in 2016 with a technology that manages multiple thousands of copies of data across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments, said Tarun Thakur, CEO and co-founder of the San Jose, Calif.-based company.

Before the investment from NetApp and Cisco, Datos IO had already raised about $15.25 million in venture funding, Thakur told CRN. He declined to discuss how much either company invested in Datos IO, other than to say both invested "millions." He did say their investment was not announced as a new funding round.

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Neither Cisco nor NetApp responded to a request for more information by press time.

Datos IO already has technology relationships with NetApp and Cisco, Thakur said.

An OEM relationship is in the works between Datos IO and NetApp, Thakur said.

About 90 percent of Datos IO's customers are also clients that work with NetApp, including on NetApp's Data Fabric, he said. Data Fabric is NetApp's architecture for managing data across on-premises, private clouds, hybrid clouds, and public clouds.

"Datos IO has a building block for NetApp's Data Fabric," he said. "We're working with their customers. We're helping protect their customers' data in the cloud. But our solution is not bundled with NetApp."

The Datos IO technology fits well with the application-aware technology of AppDynamics, which Cisco acquired earlier this year, Thakur said.

App Dynamics will help Cisco go after the microservices business where the performance of data for applications is essential, he said.

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