Big data analytics firm Datameer raises $19 million to grow the company, DataOn becomes certified to take advantage of the Storage Spaces feature on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, and Panzura helps Mead & Hunt offload storage to the cloud.
Datameer raises $19 million. Big data analytics company Datameer announced the completion of a $19 million Series D round. Investors include Workday, Citi Ventures, and Software AG, and the round was led by Next World Capital (NWC), an international, expansion-stage venture capital firm headquartered in San Francisco with a strong presence in Europe. The funds will allow Datameer to meet increasing enterprise demand for the company’s Big Data Analytics application plus fuel the company’s rapid expansion into international markets. In the past year, Datameer has nearly tripled in size and now counts more than 130 leading brands from every major vertical as customers, including British Telecommunications, Cardinal Health, CDW, Sears, and Visa, among others. “This funding is entirely about allowing us to meet the nonstop global demand for our product. Across every industry, companies are moving past Hadoop science projects and realizing they need a proven big data analytics tool that finally frees them from schemas and ETL,” said Stefan Groschupf, CEO of Datameer.
DataOn Storage earns Microsoft certification. Storage provider DataOn announced that its portfolio of Cluster-in-a-Box solutions and JBOD enclosures achieved certification with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, with full support for the Storage Spaces feature, introduced by Microsoft. DataOn also proceeded to certify the massively scalable dual-node Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) platform for Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces. The flagship product—CiB-9470—utilizes the server failover and resiliency features of Storage Spaces to achieve high availability (HA) dual-node clustering with a hybrid storage capacity up to 280TB in a 4U enclosure. This design requires 75% less rack space than the traditional high availability clustered scale-out file storage offerings and provides a power savings of more than 30%, to give Windows Server 2012 R2 IT administrators a cost-effective appliance solution. “Windows Server 2012 R2 is a cornerstone of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision, and with Storage Spaces and Windows Failover Clustering, it is positioned to provide a cost-effective alternative to legacy, high-availability SAN storage,” John Loveall, principal program manager, Windows Server, Microsoft. “The Cluster-in-a-Box, which takes advantage of Storage Spaces, is set to become a formidable platform that directly addresses the benefits of high availability and auto-tiering storage with SDDs and HDDs.”
Panzura selected by Mead & Hunt. Cloud storage provider Panzura announced that Mead & Hunt, an Engineering and Architectural firm, has deployed the Panzura Global Cloud Storage System to centralize storage and deliver rapid expansion as the company opens new offices. With a large percentage of employees across 16 states regularly using design applications like Autodesk Civil 3D and Revit, providing maximum performance for this distributed workforce was becoming increasingly difficult. By using Panzura Global Cloud Storage Controllers to store project data into the Amazon S3 cloud, Mead & Hunt have seen significant reductions in storage costs because hardware previously required for both backups and disaster recovery is no longer necessary at each remote office. “By moving files to the Amazon S3 cloud with Panzura, Mead & Hunt has eliminated the need for local NAS storage at each remote office and given its employees rapid access to shared project files,” said Randy Chou, president and CEO of Panzura. “As a result, this AEC firm has slashed IT costs, reduced the time it takes to set up a new office, and improved employee productivity.”