Jul 17, 2020

Why Qumulo has become the latest data unicorn

Data
Cloud
hybrid cloud
Startup
William Smith
2 min
Qumulo is a Seattle, Washington-based firm offering a scalable data platform for enterprises utilising multi-cloud environments
Qumulo is a Seattle, Washington-based firm offering a scalable data platform for enterprises utilising multi-cloud environments...

Qumulo is a Seattle, Washington-based firm offering a scalable data platform for enterprises utilising multi-cloud environments.

Digital transformation can run into roadblocks when it comes to managing files, especially when the introduction of cloud systems fractures existing storage systems. QUmulo’s file management system claims to make the management of such file data simpler, with features such as collaboration, real-time visibility and scalability.

Since its foundation in 2012, the company has raised around $350mn across seven funding rounds. Its latest $125mn Series E, announced yesterday, pushed it to tech unicorn status, meaning a startup valued at over $1bn. The round was led by funds managed by BlackRock, with participation from Highland Capital Partners, Madrona Venture Group, Kleiner Perkins and others.

In a press release, Bill Richter, CEO of Qumulo, said: “This latest investment is a great recognition of our category leadership and unique capabilities to help customers create, manage, and gain value from their file data at scale. It will help Qumulo accelerate our ability to serve the world’s leading enterprises with the freedom, control and performance that organizations need now more than ever.

“We see rapidly increasing demand driven from content creators which span artists creating Hollywood blockbusters, to researchers solving global pandemics, to engineers putting rockets into space. Qumulo today is trusted to manage more than 150 billion mission-critical files that are at the core of innovation and progress.”

Qumulo said it would use the funding to scale globally, as well as accelerate innovation.

“We continue to be impressed by Qumulo’s ability to innovate, execute and accelerate its business to meet some of the world’s toughest enterprise requirements,” said Samir Menon, Director in BlackRock Private Equity Partners. “Qumulo’s disruptive model has defined an entirely new category that tackles the formidable challenge of creating and managing digital content at a scale and performance that is only getting bigger. This investment allows our clients to benefit from the technologic trends driving increasing digitization and cloud-based collaboration across the business landscape.”

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May 7, 2021

KX and Microsoft partner to scale up real-time analytics

Analytics
Tilly Kenyon
2 min
KX and Microsoft partner to work together in helping companies scale up their real-time analytics and decision making proficiency
KX and Microsoft partner to work together in helping companies scale up their real-time analytics and decision making proficiency...

KX, a data analysis software developer and vendor, announced it has become a Microsoft Partner. The two companies are working together to build a long-term technical and go-to-market roadmap to enable companies to rapidly scale up their real-time analytics and decision-making capabilities.

This announcement has followed the launch of KX Insights, which is a cloud-first platform for streaming analytics that fully leverages the benefits of cloud architecture natively to deliver fast, scalable real-time data insights via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

“KX Insights takes full advantage of the Microsoft Azure platform to deliver the optimal performance while maintaining interoperability with existing processes and data,” says Gerry Buggy, Chief Strategy Officer at KX.

“Together with Microsoft, we are offering a streaming analytics solution that is fast, secure, and flexible. It’s a game-changer for firms looking to drive operational and commercial performance through real-time analytics.”

KX Insights has been built to leverage vast amounts of real-time data in a scalable and easy-to-use manner. It has been benchmarked as the fastest in the industry according to independent STAC benchmarks. The platform also operates on Amazon AWS and Google Cloud, plus on all public and private clouds and on-premises too where required. 

Moving to the cloud 

Cloud computing is all about moving the essential systems and resources of your business to a remote server, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the move for many businesses. 

The recent 2021 Flexera State of the Cloud Report found that 92% of respondents reported having a multi-cloud strategy. 82% are taking a hybrid approach, combining the use of both public and private clouds. More than half of respondents use the cloud heavily and have reached the advanced cloud maturity level. 21% of organisations are at the intermediate maturity level, and 19% are beginners.

The report showed that many of the advantages delivered by the cloud have proven to be especially valuable as organisations adapted over the past year to meet the rapidly evolving needs of businesses.

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