Your occasional storage digest featuring Crossbar, CTERA, Snowflake and Pavilion Data

Some bits and bobs for your perusal. Let’s go.

Short items

ReRAM developer Crossbar Inc. is setting up a consortium of AI technology providers that are developing hardware and software products for edge and cloud applications. The consortium aims to accelerate development and time-to-market of ready-made, power-efficient, scalable AI computing platforms (using ReRAM.)

CTERA Networks, which provides secure edge-to-centre file services, said it doubled its enterprise subscription revenues in 2018 compared to 2017.  It added more than 50 new large enterprise customers in the year and gained $30m in new funding. CEO Liran Eshel said: “The balance of enterprise storage investment has shifted away from NAS and traditional systems towards multi-cloud solutions that provide scale and cost savings.”

NVMe over Fabric storage startup Pavilion Data has joined the STAC Benchmark Council.The STAC tests are a specialised set of benchmarks for the finance industry, focused on financial industry applications, such as tick (time point series based) data analysis. It recently joined joined the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) to help create standards around NVMe-oF for data management and security.

Datewarehouser-in-the-cloud Snowflake finished its fiscal 2019 at the end of January and wants us to know it’s has a great year. There was the $450m funding  plus it doubled its post-money valuation to $3.9 billion. This places the company among the top 25 most highly valued private US technology companies. It more than tripled revenue YOY, a 257 per cent increase (no actual revenue number provided) and the customer count tripled to surpass 1,400. Snowflake is present in nine countries and intends to expand to 20 by the end of 2019.


London-based, financial services firm Institutional Protection has deployed Scale Computing’s hyperconverged HC3 product. Andrew Ingram, CIO, said: “One of our major challenges was the ability to add capacity as planning for future resources was challenging, but with Scale Computing we can simply scale-out as and when needed.”


Delphix has appointed Dan Rogers to its board. He is CMO at ServiceNow and his CV mentions stints at AWS, Salesforce, Symantec, and Microsoft. 

Infinidat has named Tony DeLisio as VP, enterprise financial business strategy and Pete Byrne as regional sales director for the South-Central US. DeLisio has spent time at HPE, Citi, EMC and Hitachi Data Systems, among others. Byrne comes from Pure Storage, where he was the regional sales director for TOLAM and the Southeast. Prior to this, Byrne was a sales irector at Commvault, running the company’s OEM business in North America, and at EMC, where he served as area vice Ppesident of Sales.

Jorge Titinger, ex-CEO of SGI, has joined the board of HPC storage software and system supplier Panasas.

Farzad Haghighi has joined Pavilion Data Systems as VP Global Support, coming from a similar position at Vexata. Mike Gustafson has joined Pavilion’s advisory board. His career includes CEO positions at Virident (bought by Western Digital) and BlueArc (bought by Hitachi Data Systems.) He currently serves as executive chairman and member of the board of directors for Druva and as an independent member of the board of directors for Reltio, Everspin Technologies, Matterport and PDF Solutions.

Pure Storage has hired Matthew Oostveen as chief technology officer and VP of Asia Pacific and Japan. He joins Pure from Dell EMC.