Coho Data Raises $30 Million, Releases All-Flash DataStream Hardware

Posted on May 20, 2015 By Pedro Hernandez


Coho Data, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of storage systems for private clouds, announced today that it had raised $30 million in a Series C round of funding led by March Capital Partners.

The deal was also backed by Hewlett Packard Ventures, Intel Capital Andreessen Horowitz and Ignition Partners. To date, Coho Data has raised nearly $67 million from investors. The infusion of new capital will allow the company "to continue to grow into new markets and to invest in further broadening Coho's product portfolio and capabilities," said Coho Data CEO and co-founder Ramana Jonnala in a May 20 announcement.

Coho Data emerged from stealth in 2013 with the DataStream 1000 MicroArray storage node. Housed in a commodity 2U server module – each accommodating two MicroArrays – the product blended server processors, independent networking, PCI-e solid-state drives (SSDs), hard drives and the company's bare-metal object store software foundation called Data Hypervisor to bring OpenStack-compatible, flash-enabled storage to the data center that delivers 180,000 input/output operations per seconds (IOPS).

Today, the company also announced a major expansion of its DataStream portfolio with the general availability of the company's first all-flash storage system, the 2000f.

Based on the MicroArray architecture, the 2000f uses Intel P3600 NVMe SSDs along with conventional SSDs to reach storage performance of 320,000 IOPS read-only and 220,000 IOPS in mixed read/write workloads. The 2U, dual-MicroArray 2000f can be outfitted with up to 24 SSDs (12 per MicroArray , 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB).

By circumventing the performance bottlenecks of traditional storage controller architectures, the 2000f can help organizations use flash to its full potential, according to Andy Warfield, Coho Data CTO and co-founder.

"Modern applications require fast, predictable, scalable performance, making flash memory an essential part of the datacenter of tomorrow," Warfield told InfoStor. "Our new 2000f DataStream solution will add performance for Coho Data customers that demand the lowest latency systems on the planet."

Coho's approach to flash-enabled enterprise storage involves enlisting different flavors of flash, he noted. "The solution combines two types of flash to ensure end-users have the consistent performance they demand, and as our customers grow their business, additional nodes with the latest generation of hardware can easily be added to existing infrastructure, ensuring zero downtime and maximizing value for the customer."

Also announced was the company's new Future-Proof Storage Guarantee. Under the program, customers with a support contract are entitled to free software feature releases as the company rolls out new functionality, protocol support and performance enhancements.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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