Coho Data Raises $25 Million In Series B

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Coho Data has raised $25 million in Series B funding.  Coho Data is the first provider of software-defined networking integrated storage appliances for high performance at a cloud-scale.  This round of funding was led by new investor Ignition Partners.  Existing investor Andreessen Horowitz also participated in this round.  Coho Data will be using the funds to accelerate their R&D and go-to-market efforts.

Coho Data exited stealth mode last month.  Coho Data unveiled the industry’s first usage of software-defined networking in a hybrid flash appliance with the Coho DataStream 1000.  The DataStream 1000 was designed to deliver 18 times the performance of traditional storage and 2 times the price/performance of all-flash array.

“Storage is the final battleground in the datacenter, with expensive, outdated monolithic storage vendors fending off the advances of dozens of storage startups. Nearly all of these new product offerings are simply packaging flash technology into similar architectures with limited scalability and narrow applicability,” stated Coho Data CEO and co-founder Ramana Jonnala. “The Coho Data team believes that building a fundamentally different cloud-inspired software stack based on our experience developing the Xen hypervisor for Amazon is what will change storage in private clouds. With our unique use of software-defined networking to eliminate bottlenecks that flash creates in traditional arrays, flash will finally be able to be used in an efficient way to add value for any application at any scale.”

Coho Data is led by a team of XenSource/Citrix virtualization and storage industry veterans.  Coho Data is developing the first flash-tuned, scale-out storage for the private cloud that delivers high performance at public cloud capacity pricing.

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