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Nebulon Offers New Kind of Storage

by Michael Rink
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Today, the startup Nebulon Inc. announced their first commercial offering. Well, I call them a startup since they are only two years old, but LinkedIn already lists fifty-two individuals who report the company as their employer. Nebulon Inc. plans to offer cloud-defined storage (CDS) through datacenter infrastructure vendors initially.

Today, the startup Nebulon Inc. announced their first commercial offering. Well, I call them a startup since they are only two years old, but LinkedIn already lists fifty-two individuals who report company as their employer. Nebulon Inc. plans to offer cloud-defined storage (CDS) through datacenter infrastructure vendors initially.

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Cloud-defined storage is a phrase coined by Nebulon.  They use it to refer to on-premises, server-based storage for applications managed by the Nebulon Cloud. In terms of hardware, the company intends to offer PCIe cards that are installed into customers’ servers. PCIe is the abbreviation for Peripheral Component Interconnect Express. PCIe cards plug directly into a slot in the motherboard and allow for higher throughput than SATA.

Their customers will be able to manage their data through a cloud-based control pane the company is calling Nebulon ON. According to Nebulon, the company’s offering will provide compression, encryption, deduplication, erasure coding, snapshots, and data mirroring from the Nebulon Services Processing Unit (SPU). The SPU is also a PCIe-based storage engine installed inside the customer’s application server, where it is attached to the internal server SSDs much like a RAID card.  Using data gathered by the SPU, the company plans to enable AI-based analytic tools through their Nebulon ON control pane.

A group of four men who all previously worked at 3PAR founded Nebulon Inc just two years ago, in 2018. Craig Nunes, now the chief operations officer, was previously the VP of marketing at Datrium. All of his previous jobs were also high-level marketing positions, including his ten-year stint as VP of marketing at 3PAR. David Scott, now the executive chairman, was the CEO of 3PAR when it was sold for $2.4bn in 2010 to HP, now HPE. Sean Etaati, now the chief technology officer of Nebulon, was the director of hardware engineering at 3PAR before it was purchased and continued in substantially the same role for seven years with HP. Siamak Nazari, now the chief executive officer, worked as a principal engineer at 3PAR.

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