Pavilion Data Systems bags $25m investment

Storage startup Pavilion Data Systems has completed a $25m C-round of funding.

CEO Gurpreet Singh said in a statement: “We are pleased with the Series C oversubscribed round of funding and our ongoing customer progress. In 2019, we have delivered a large number of systems to leading organisations worldwide. Many of these customers are now purchasing additional arrays as they continue to scale out.”

Pavilion ships a multiple-controller RF100 NVMe SSD array, with an internal NVMe fabric and external NVMe-over Fabrics data access. It’s a beast: performance is up to 120GB/sec read bandwidth, 60GB/sec write bandwidth, 20 million 4K Random Read IOPS. Average read latency is 117μs and Pavilion claims the $/IOPS rating is up to 25 times cheaper than competing all-flash arrays.

Pavilion array hardware scheme.
RF100 array.

Pavilion closed its second funding round in May 2018, with Singh in the CEO slot, when it announced its array. A year or so later and along comes this business expansion investment round, showing VCs have confidence in its progress.

Pavilion has now accumulated $58m in total funding. All existing investors participated in the round, along with new investors Taiwania Capital and RPS Ventures.

The company will use the cash to accelerate the delivery of iNVMe-oF products, expand to new markets such as Asia, and hire staff to support more sales and customers.

NVMe-oF arrays can be accessed over Ethernet (RDMA), Fibre Channel and TCP/IP. Pavilion is betting that NVMe/TCP will be a natural upgrade for existing iSCSI arrays and bring users a huge rise in performance.

The general NVMe-oF array market has a lot of competition; suppoliers include Dell, Excelero, EXTEN, HPE, IBM, Kaminario, Liqid, NetApp, Pure Storage, StorCentric, Western Digital, and even AWS, which has just bought E8.