Storage Startups to Watch in 2014

By Drew Robb


Kasah Technology compression product is said to reduce file size by 20-50X compared to the original image file or 7x compared to JPEG. Compression results are obtained without reduction of image quality by not utilizing common compression methods such as removal of color bit depth or reduction of color space. The technology does not require high processing power to encode and decode. The compression algorithms identify image information that can be discarded, resulting in reduction of file size. The discarded image information is then restored through data inference during the decompression process through another series of algorithms.

“With low RAM and CPU requirements, our technology can be applied, integrated and optimized to any open or closed system including smartphones,” said Makoto Nishiyama, President and CEO, Kasah Technology.

Kasah was founded by two app/web designers and three scientists who were involved in imaging techniques throughout their research career at University of California, San Diego and New York University School of Medicine. Funding ($700K as of May 2013) has been provided through two angel investors in the USA.

Instant Logic

Instart Logic sits on the periphery of the storage universe, yet it could well have a big impact. And it’s just the sort of company that an EMC, Cisco or NetApp might pick up to add functionality to broaden their portfolios. So what does it do? Instant Logic’s technology is said to accelerate the delivery of web and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications by streaming content to users. It achieves this by breaking HTML code into its component parts, caching non-unique code in a small client-based hypervisor and delivering the rest of the code in the order by which the user needs it. This means that a website, for example, could be loaded in half the time it would normally take.

The company is backed by $26M in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Tenaya Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and a series of Silicon Valley angel investors. Early customers of Instart Logic's SaaS acceleration include New Relic, VersionONE, IFTT and RelateIQ. Here’s a the side-by-side demonstration of Instart Logic loading a customer's (VersionOne) SaaS application as compared to not using Instart.

“Instart Logic is particularly well positioned to accelerate SaaS applications, which are highly personalized and dynamic in nature, have a globally distributed user base and a growing number of users accessing their SaaS apps from mobile devices,” said Peter Blum, VP of Product Management at Instart Logic. “Neither Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) nor traditional WAN Optimization solutions can accelerate these dynamic applications effectively.”

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

This article was originally published on November 16, 2013

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