Storage startup Datrium announced a $55 million Series C on Tuesday, bringing its total funding to $110 million.
Datrium offers a combination of servers and storage and competes with — but has a slightly different model from — hyperconverged infrastructure players such as Nutanix. The company’s DVX platform includes a storage appliance called NetShelf, but it also stores some data in direct-attached flash next to the virtual machine, for faster access.
While Nutanix can be considered a competitor, Datrium is also going after the traditional storage arrays sold by the likes of EMC and NetApp. Datrium’s claimed advantage is that it runs I/O processing, as well as data services such as deduplication, at the host. It’s a distributed approach that means I/O can scale along with the number of servers in play, the company says.
DVX was released to general availability earlier this year and has been deployed by more than 50 customers, the company claims.
Datrium’s founders hailed from VMware and Data Domain, two companies that EMC bought a majority stake in — VMware in 2004, and Data Domain in 2009. (Of course, Dell acquired EMC this year.) One of its earliest funders was Diane Greene, a founder and former CEO of VMware who’s now leading the enterprise cloud effort at Google.