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The 10 Hottest Data Storage Startups Of 2021 (So Far)

Joseph F. Kovar

CRN’s list of 10 data storage startups that made recent headlines as they came out of stealth or unveiled their first cloud storage, disaster recovery, and other innovations includes companies that story and protect data, manage it, or make it useful

22dot6

Diamond Lauffin, CEO and founder

22dot6 in May exited stealth with a software-defined storage technology it promises will work with any data on any hardware or cloud. The Westlake Village, Calif.-based company, founded by long-term storage and channel innovator Diamond Lauffin, who previously co-founded Nexsan, developed what it calls its Valence technology which abstracts storage resources regardless of what storage hardware or which clouds the data resides on to bridge between virtualization, hardware abstraction, data services, and storage accessibility, and scales to over 2 trillion objects in a single name space. The software-defined Valence is available as software to install on customers’ own hardware, or as a complete hardware appliance. 22dot6 is focused 100 percent on indirect sales channels.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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