|By Maureen O'Gara||
|August 31, 2012 12:45 PM EDT||
Nutanix, the start-up that came out of stealth mode last year claiming to be the first company to offer software-defined storage wrapped in off-the-shelf x86 servers, has raised $33 million in Series C funding.
It got the reportedly "massively oversubscribed" round from current investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Khosla Ventures as well as new investors Battery Ventures and Goldman Sachs.
It brings total financing to $71.2 million.
The company is going to use the money to expand sales, marketing and support, and double up on R&D.
The start-up doesn't waste its time on modesty. It claims to be the fastest-growing infrastructure start-up in the last decade with record growth and revenue in the fiscal year ending in July. It says it's shipped 150 systems, including 600 servers attached to more than 3.3PB of spindle and Fusion-io storage. It claims the fastest R&D to 50-node clusters, fastest to 100 paid units, fastest to 50 reseller partners and fastest to distribution in Europe and Japan, all in the two years since it got its A round.
It's got 100+ employees and 70 customers, some repeat buyers.
It says, "We are in a perfect storm of paradigm shifts in the data center - cloud computing, software-defined storage and server-side flash."
The company was founded in 2009 by a team that built scalable systems such as the Google File System and enterprise-class systems such as Oracle Database/Exadata.
The Nutanix Complete Cluster is supposed to be built on architectural techniques employed in core infrastructure systems at Google. Its converged compute and storage architecture can scale to manage petabytes of data while running thousands of virtual machines. The start-up aims to disrupt the multibillion-dollar virtualization industry.