Infinidat comes out of stealth with PB-scale InfiniBox, funding grab

INFINIDAT  — Moshe Yanai’s newest startup — today shed light on its InfiniBox array and picked up $150 million in funding to push it into the market.

Yanai led development on the EMC Symmetrix high-end enterprise array from 1987 to 2001. After leaving EMC, he founded early deduplication player Diligent Technologies and storage array startup XIV. He sold Diligent and XIV to IBM.

CEO Yanai started INFINIDAT in 2010 and the company quietly began shipping its InfiniBox arrays in early 2013. Until now, INFINIDAT has gone after carefully targeted customers to make sure the technology was battle-tested before broadening distribution.

INFINIDAT’s goal is to build the type of hyperscale storage used by companies such as Google and Facebook. But its target audience is enterprises.

An InfiniBox storage system can hold 2 PB of storage in a 42U rack. INFINIDAT  claims a rack can handle 750,000 IOPs with 12 Gigabit per second throughput and seven-nines of availability at a cost of $1 per GB of usable storage.

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