Diamond Lauffin, CEO and founder
22dot6 in May exited stealth with a software-defined storage technology it claims works 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 its Valence technology to abstract storage resources regardless of what storage hardware or clouds the data resides on to bridge between virtualization, hardware abstraction, data services, and storage accessibility. The software-defined Valence is available as software to install on customers’ own hardware, or as a complete hardware appliance. The company in November extended its TASS (Transcendent Abstractive Storage System) with point-and-click private cloud set-up and hybrid cloud spanning.