Problems We Address
As the cost of components used in storage appliances has reduced drastically, those cost savings have not trickled down to end user IT consumers. For instance EMC, the leading storage OEM enjoyed 61% gross margin1. A decade ago higher margins in the storage industry were justified because expensive purpose built hardware was needed for building an enterprise storage appliance. However over the past few years, with the introduction of high core count x86 CPUs, 25gbps+ iSCSI, high capacity (14TB) hard drives, low latency and high endurance PCIe/NVME SSDs, meant that all the hardware that goes into a traditional enterprise storage appliance is now available off-the-shelf. Also, the ability for enterprise IT consumers to easily mix and match chassis, motherboards, hard drives, SSDs, and NICs, meant that a storage appliance of any capacity and performance could be put together using off-the-shelf components, provided there was software to do so. This is where we come in. It is our mission to develop software that stitches together off-the-shelf hardware to satisfy the diverse storage needs of any enterprise IT organization, and as a result deliver cost savings to IT organizations, without compromising performance, resilience, and failure resolution times required of enterprise grade storage.
Virtunet Systems was founded in 2010 with the idea of alleviating storage IO issues within virtualized servers.
Our first product called VirtuCache, improves the storage performance of VMware VMs by automatically caching ‘hot’ data from any SAN array to any in-host SSD or RAM. Our second product called VirtuStor, clusters together commodity servers and presents this cluster of servers to VMware hosts as an iSCSI appliance.
Our team is made up of kernel engineers and business folks from various systems and virtualization startups that were ultimately acquired by Intel, Netapp, Alcatel-Lucent, and HP.
We have been profitable and debt free every year since founding, and we are entirely employee owned.
We count over 600 enterprise IT departments as customers. IT departments at large organizations like Western Digital, AXA, UCLA, Stanford, Service Now, Verint, Providence Health; OEMs like Seagate, Cisco, Tellabs; service providers like France Telecom, Viasat; many local government IT departments; regional Managed Service Providers; and small business IT departments, use our software.
1 – Publicly available data prior to acquisition by Dell