CIO Review >> Magazine >> January - 2014 issue

While new technologies are being welcomed at a quick pace across industries, one thing has not changed: IT departments are expected to use antiquated storage solutions to meet their new storage needs. It is unreasonable to expect IT professionals to use tape and proprietary storage arrays to store massive amounts of data, especially in this era of powerful cloud computing. The simple fact is that it is impossible to manage today's storage needs with yesterday's storage solutions because of key trends that are disrupting the storage industry such as big data, cloud, mobile, software defined storage and storage as utility.

While there are plenty of providers to choose from, organizations that succeed will be those that understand the possibilities, see through the vendor hype and choose the right deployment model. To help CIOs and other technology leaders to chose the right provider for their requirements, we present to you CIOStorage20.

In the last few months, we have looked at hundreds of Storage Solutions providers and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling the real challenges. A distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, industry analysts and the editorial board scrutinized several companies and finalized the list of 20 Most Promising Storage Companies.
CIO Storage 20
Company Management Founded Description
Astute Networks, Inc.
San Diego, CA
astutenetworks.com
Robert B. MacKnight, President & CEO 2000
A provider of Networked Flash appliances that accelerate
application performance by 10x or more, enhance user
productivity and lower IT costs for physical, virtual and
cloud environments
Ciphertex, LLC
Los Angeles, CA
ciphertex.com
Jerry Kaner, Founder & President 2009
A provider of data protection solutions for the most
sensitive data of organizations worldwide
 

Coraid, Inc.
Redwood City, CA
coraid.com

Dave Kresse, CEO 2000
A provider of EtherDrive and EtherCloud solutions. Coraid
delivers scale-out performance, Ethernet simplicity, and
an elastic storage architecture to handle massive data
growth
CTERA Networks
Palo Alto, CA
ctera.com

Liran Eshel, CEO & Co-Founder

Zohar Kaufman, VP R&D & Co-Founder

2008
A provider of a cloud storage platform for enterprises
and service providers, enabling the delivery of a suite
of storage applications over the infrastructure of their
choice
Gridstore
Mountain view, CA
gridstore.com

George Symons, CEO
Kelly Murphy, CTO

2009 A provider of software-defined storage solutions optimized for Windows Server and Hyper-V virtual environments.
Infinity Storage
Mountain View, CA
infinity-storage.com
Caterina Falchi, CEO 2006 A provider of data management solutions that enable storage networks to be more efficient, easier to manage and more responsive to needs of the business
iQstor Networks, Inc.
Newbury Park, CA
iqstor.com
Jason Lo, President & CEO 2002

A provider of highly scalable replication and disaster recovery solutions that eliminate costly downtime and reduce administration overhead

Nexenta
Santa Clara, CA
nexenta.com
Tarkan Maner, CEO
Alex Aizman, CTO
Dmitry Yusupov, Chief Systems Architect
2008 A provider of Software-defined Storage solutions. The company's flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers highperformance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage management.
Panzura
Campbell, CA
panzura.com
Randy Chou, Co-founder & CEO 2008 A provider of global cloud storage solutions to optimize data storage management and distribution in the cloud, making cloud storage simple and secure.
Pure Storage, Inc.
Mountain View, CA
purestorage.com
Scott Dietzen, CEO
2009 A provider of all-flash enterprise storage company that enables the broad deployment of flash in the data center.
Qumulo, Inc.
Seattle, WA
qumulo.com
Peter Godman, CEO 2012
A provider of enterprise data storage. The company has
received a funding of $26.8 million from Highland Capital
Partners, Madrona Venture Group, Valhalla Partners and
Data Collective
Solidfire
Boulder, CO
solidfire.com
Dave Wright, Founder & CEO
2009
A provider of all-flash storage systems designed for next
generation data centers. The company has received a
funding of $68 million from Samsung Ventures, New
Enterprise Associates, Valhalla Partners and Novak Biddle
Venture Partners
Swiftstack
San Francisco, CA
swiftstack.com
Joe Arnold,
CEO
2011
A provider of software-defined storage (SDS) solution to
help operations teams implement and manage an easy-touse,
multi-tenant highly scalable cloud storage platform
Symform, Inc.
Seattle, WA
symform.com
Mark Ashida, CEO 2007 A provider of cost effective solutions to large scale distributed data management problems.
T3Media, Inc.
Denver, CO
t3media.com
Bob Pinkerton, CEO 2003 A provider of cloud-based storage, access and licensing for enterprise-scale video libraries.
Tegile Systems, Inc.
Newark, CA
tegile.com
Rohit Kshetrapal, CEO 2010
A provider of new generation of enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualisation, file services and database applications.
Tintri Inc.
Mountain View, CA
tintri.com
Ken Klein, CEO & Chairman
2008 A provider of VM-ware storage appliance to deliver flash performance at disk prices with intuitive management specifically for VMs.
Vicom Systems, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
vicom.com
Samuel Tam, CEO 1996 A provider of transparent wire-speed data services for systems and storage.
Zadara Storage
Irvine, CA
zadarastorage.com
Nelson Nahum, Co-founder & CEO
2011
A provider of enterprise-class primary and secondary storage
for the cloud via dedicated, flexibly deployed equipment
located at AWS Direct Connect facilities and Dimension Data
(formerly OpSource) data centers
Zetta, Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA
zetta.net

Ali Jenab, CEO

2007 A provider of enterprise-grade online backup and disaster recovery solution for small and mid-sized businesses, enterprises and MSPs.