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企业数据存储创企Cohesity获2.5亿美元D轮融资,软银领投

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企业数据存储创企Cohesity获2.5亿美元D轮融资,软银领投

Cohesity是一家位于加州圣何塞的企业数据存储创企。昨日这家公司获得了2.5亿美元D轮融资,领投方为软银愿景基金,参投方包括红杉资本、Cisco Investments、Hewlett Packard Enterprise、Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital、Battery Ventures和Trinity Ventures等早期投资人。

Cohesity创立于2013年,它主要专注于次级数据存储,也就是说这家平台能帮助企业统一大量的非关键性数据,包括备份、分析、开发副本等。Cohesity表示,公司80%的存储能力都被次级数据所使用。首先企业因为很少使用这些数据,因此如果要存储这些数据就会非常浪费资源,维护费用也很高。再者,这些数据的来源分布非常广,因此想要对其进行搜集和分析就显得尤为困难。

这正是Cohesity想要通过自己的“超级聚合”平台多解决的问题。在此之前,Cohesity已经筹集了1.6亿美元融资,包括去年由Alphabet旗下风投机构GV和红杉资本联合领投的9000万美元C轮融资。而这次融资又为公司带来了2.5亿美元,Cohesity表示会加大在全球扩张上的投入。

“我的目标一直都是为企业的大量零散应用和数据(备份、测试、开发、分析等)提供一个类似云端的简化平台。在过去12个月里,Cohesity的发展势态十分良好,市场份额也非常高。但对于我们而言这只是一个开始。”公司的首席执行官兼联合创始人Mohit Aron说道,之前他还联合创立过超融合数据中心基础设施巨头路坦力。

日本科技巨头软银在2016年成立1000亿美元的愿景基金后,一直在大力投资全世界的创企。但Cohesity这类企业软件公司似乎一直不是它的投资重点,软银只是在去年领投了Slack的2.5亿美元融资。

“Cohesity引领的超聚合次级数据存储是企业公共及私营云端基础做出更大转变的第一个里程碑。Cohesity采用了类似于谷歌的网页扩张方法,它的云端本地基础设施、高度的简易性正在从基础上改变IT行业。”软银的资深管理合伙人Deep Nishar说道。

San Jose-based Cohesity has closed an oversubscribed $250M Series D funding round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, bringing its total raised to date to $410M. The enterprise software company offers a hyperconverged data platform for storing and managing all the secondary data created outside of production apps.

In a press release today it notes this is only the second time SoftBank’s gigantic Vision Fund has invested in an enterprise software company. The fund, which is almost $100BN in size — without factoring in all the planned sequels, also led an investment in enterprise messaging company Slack back in September 2017 (also a $250M round).

“Cohesity  pioneered hyperconverged secondary storage as a first stepping stone on the path to a much larger transformation of enterprise infrastructure spanning public and private clouds. We believe that Cohesity’s web-scale Google-like approach, cloud-native architecture, and incredible simplicity is changing the business of IT in a fundamental way,” said Deep Nishar, senior managing partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, in a supporting statement.

Also participating in the financing are Cohesity’s existing strategic investors Cisco Investments,  Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, along with early investor Sequoia Capital and others.

The company says the investment will be put towards “large-scale global expansion” by selling more enterprises on the claimed cost and operational savings from consolidating multiple separate point solutions onto its hyperconverged platform. On the customer acquisition front it flags up support from its strategic investors, Cisco and HPE, to help it reach more enterprises.

Cohesity says it’s onboarded more than 200 new enterprise customers in the last two quarters — including Air Bud Entertainment, AutoNation, BC Oil and Gas Commission, Bungie, Harris Teeter, Hyatt, Kelly Services, LendingClub, Piedmont Healthcare, Schneider Electric, the San Francisco Giants, TCF Bank, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Air Force, and WestLotto — and says annual revenues grew 600% between 2016 and 2017.

In another supporting statement, CEO and founder Mohit Aron,  added: “My vision has always been to provide enterprises with cloud-like simplicity for their many fragmented applications and data — backup, test and development, analytics, and more.

“Cohesity has built significant momentum and market share during the last 12 months and we are just getting started.”


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