8 Storage Companies Cisco Should Buy (And 1 It Shouldn't)

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CEO: Peter Godman

Market Cap: Private

Seattle-based Qumulo launched out of stealth mode in 2015 with a solution for data-aware, scale-out, network-attached storage (NAS). The vendor's file system has an integrated database that provides the ability to answer questions about what is stored without needing to scan the data for metadata that must be separately stored and managed.

"They're a re-creation of Isilon that EMC bought [in 2010] and has some common people. ... They're trying to bottle lightning twice," said Schulz. "It plays in a scale-out and a part of the market where Cisco has a strong footing, which is around the network."

The startup also closed $40 million in a Series B funding round last year and was named one of CRN's 10 Coolest Storage Startups of 2015.

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