SOURCE: Springpath


February 18, 2015 08:00 ET

Springpath Launches Industry's First Software-Only Data Platform With Enterprise-Grade Features and Cloud Economics

Founded in 2012 by VMware Veterans, Springpath Is Coming Out of Stealth to Break the Reliance on Dedicated and Capital-Intensive Hardware to Store Data

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 18, 2015) - Springpath today launched the company and its Springpath Data Platform, an enterprise-grade data platform software that enables standard servers hosting applications to reliably store, manage and protect data. Available on a low-cost annual subscription basis, the platform brings public-cloud economics and maximum simplicity to enterprise data centers.

"Today's data centers are forced to choose inflexible and expensive silos of dedicated appliances, converged systems and arrays to meet their data storage needs," said Mallik Mahalingam, CEO, CTO and cofounder of Springpath. "Modern data centers require a versatile and elastic data platform software that runs on a common hardware infrastructure based on standard servers and supports the data management needs of virtualized, containerized, big data and other emerging environments."

VMware alumni and Springpath co-founders Mallik Mahalingam and Krishna Yadappanavar have a proven track record of pioneering technology including VXLAN, the basis for today's Software-Defined-Networking (SDN), and VMFS, the most-widely deployed file system in VMware environments. Operating in stealth since May 2012, the seasoned Springpath team has captured the attention of leading venture capitalists, securing $34 million from investors Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and Redpoint Ventures.

"Springpath Data Platform is based on Springpath's patent pending Hardware Agnostic Log-structured Objects (HALO) architecture, which was engineered from the ground up to deliver superior data services, storage efficiency, high performance and scalability without caveats," said Yadappanavar.

Springpath Data Platform for VMware vSphere has been in beta for over a year, and became generally available in January 2015 on a subscription basis for as low as $4,000 per server per year end-user pricing. The platform is supported on server models from Cisco, Dell, HP and Supermicro. It is currently deployed in close to two dozen customers for a wide variety of use cases.

"With Springpath's Data Platform software we are able to rapidly provision high-performance virtual machines that meet the demanding needs of our users and help accelerate the time-to-market for our products," said Scott Anderson, IT director at Sigma Designs. "As software running on our choice of servers, Springpath provides maximum simplicity through its seamless integration with VMware. This simplicity, combined with the cloud-like subscription pricing, dramatically lowers the total cost of ownership for our virtual infrastructure to levels we have never seen before."

Empowering Independent Infrastructure
Springpath dubs its unique approach "Independent Infrastructure," where applications are delivered to business users and supported a common server-based infrastructure that feeds data to increasingly transient applications.

"The datacenter's move to a server-based ecosystem is well on its way, and Springpath's software platform enables enterprises to support their diverse application environments utilizing standard servers and appears to fit well into this macro trend," said Patrick Moorhead, founder, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. "We were impressed with their solution's ability to deliver the value of enterprise features and performance on a variety of top brand servers, offering enterprises choices without compromising on their expectations."

To expand its reach, Springpath also announced a distribution agreement with Tech Data. Through this agreement, solution providers will have access to servers pre-loaded with Springpath software, enabling a fast and smooth deployment experience.

Additional resources:
Springpath Website
Springpath Data Platform White Paper
ESG Labs Performance Test Report
HALO Architecture Video

About Springpath
Founded in 2012 by VMware veterans, Springpath is the pioneer of an enterprise-grade storage and data management software that provides reliable and scalable storage services and runs on a variety of standard servers. Available on an annual subscription basis and powered by Springpath's patent pending Hardware Agnostic Log-structured Objects (HALO) architecture, the Flash-optimized platform delivers high performance, rapid provisioning and fine-grained scale-out, with unparalleled storage efficiency -- empowering enterprises to innovate on a server-based Independent Infrastructure. This can be deployed as a hyperconvergence solution, as well as in non-hypervisor environments like containers and physical servers. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @SpringpathInc.

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