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The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2016

The rise of flash storage and software-defined storage, the fall of traditional storage, a revolving door of vendors, massive venture capital investments, and the end of an independent EMC made 2016 the most exciting year ever in storage.

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4. Venture Capital Still Outperforms For Storage

Storage startups found the venture capital dollar spigots turned full on in 2016. Winners included:

-- $70M, Zerto (virtualized data center and cloud disaster recovery software)

-- $61M, Rubrik (converged data management platform)

-- $55M, Pivot3 (hyper-converged infrastructure)

-- $55M, Datrium (converged storage for private clouds)

-- $51M, Druva (software for protection and discovery of cloud business data)

-- $41M, Cloudian (hybrid cloud object storage systems)

-- $40M, Datera (software to turn servers into cloud storage platforms)

-- $35M, Elastifile (all-flash software-defined storage)

-- $32.5M, Qumulo (scale-out NAS technology)

-- $25M, CTERA (securely storing, syncing and sharing data)

-- $15M, DriveScale (scale-out computing and storage)

-- $15M, Cloudistics (hyper-converged infrastructure)

-- $13M, CloudEndure (live-migration and disaster recovery solutions)

-- $12.5M, Diamanti (turnkey networking and storage appliances for Linux containers)

-- $12M, E8 Storage (software-defined NVMe-based storage solutions)

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