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The 10 Coolest Storage Startups Of 2015

The importance of startups in developing new technologies that can significantly impact the storage industry continued this year as a strong new crop of technology developers rose to stake their claim.

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Rubrik: Simplified Data Protection

CEO: Bipul Sinha

Startup data protection software developer Rubrik in January exited stealth with a $10 million funding round, and in March followed up with a $41 million round. Investors include John Thompson, Microsoft chairman and former CEO of Symantec; Frank Slootman, CEO of ServiceNow and former Data Domain CEO; Mark Leslie, former CEO of Veritas; and Dheeraj Pandey, founder and CEO of Nutanix.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup also released its first solution, the Rubrik r300, a hardware appliance that ties the company's data protection software with an industry-standard server and a hybrid cloud infrastructure to offer a scale-out solution for keeping a company up and running in case of data loss. Rubrik in November hired Bill Cordero, a long-term channel executive, to develop its first formal channel program.

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