Software Defined Storage? No Thanks

Just about every technology company in the data center market is talking about software-defined storage, software-defined networking and software-defined data centers (SDDC). The rare exception: Qumulo, a well-funded storage startup that thinks the software-defined chatter is nothing more than marketing hype.

Quomulo emerged from stealth mode earlier this week -- backed by $67 million in funding and more than two years in research and development. Until this week, Qumulo CEO Peter Godman had never told the outside world what his company was working on.

The answer has finally arrived. It's called data-aware, scaled-out NAS. The whole idea is to apply some intelligence to the information you need to manage across your storage systems. In a podcast conversation (Episode 26) with After Nines, Godman never mentions the software-defined term until we bring it up. And even then, he dismisses it -- asserting that the whole software-defined conversation is marketing spin from Silicon Valley.

So what needs does Qumulo hope to fill in the storage market? And how will $67 million in venture capital push the company forward? Tune into the podcast for answers.

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