Cisco-backed RStor Emerges from Stealth, Unveils Multi-Cloud Platform for Enterprise Performance Computing

RStor, a US-based company that raised $45 million in a Series-A funding round led by Cisco Investments, has entered the market with a hyper-distributed multi-cloud platform. Their newly launched solution would enable organizations to “compute, connect, and operate above the cloud.”

The RStor Multicloud Platform would be the first of its kind to aggregate and automate compute resources from private data centers, public cloud providers and trusted supercomputing centers on a “next-generation” networking fabric. With RStor, customers have a single pane of cloud visibility into their computing and can determine the most “efficient and cost-effective” path for running and executing workloads.

RStor already has a team of more than 50 employees and intends to use its ¢45 million in funding to grow its staff, to accelerate product development, to build out customer and partner ecosystems, and to deliver on RStor’s vision to securely connect the world’s computing resources.

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Rstor multi-cloudPartnership with Equinix

At the same time, RStor announces a partnership with Equinix, the global interconnection and colocation data center company, to install the RStor Multicloud Platform at Equinix’s IBX data centers. RStor’s services are available today to Equinix’s customers in San Jose, CA, Ashburn, VA, and in the United Kingdom, with expansion soon to follow in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Brazil.

The RStor Multicloud Platform is designed for organizations deploying applications that require high-performance computing in the enterprise – what RStor characterizes as Enterprise Performance Computing (EPC). As businesses invest in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and advanced analytics, they would need EPC resources to support those applications and manage highly distributed infrastructures.

Giovanni Coglitore

RStor was founded in 2017 by Giovanni Coglitore, who previously founded Rackable Systems and Optical Archive. He worked at Sony and Facebook and led the Open Compute Project, a global community of technology leaders who seek to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and increase innovation in the data center. The RStor team includes infrastructure experts from companies including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Dropbox, and Amazon, and has also engaged IT infrastructure expertise from data center leaders.

“The legacy model of the consolidated data center with its thousands of networked computers, redundant power supplies, and environmental controls isn’t relevant to the computing demands of AI and machine learning. Instead, a new Internet based on a distributed network, where computing happens where data lives, is what customers today demand,” said Giovanni Coglitore, founder, and CEO of RStor. “Having founded Rackable Systems and led the disruption of the hardware server market, I have seen firsthand the industry gains that come from breaking open the black box of proprietary IT infrastructure. That same hunger is driving the need for a hyper-distributed platform that can manage multi-cloud environments to achieve greater choice and cost savings.”

“The Data Lake on the RStor fabric is an entirely new way of thinking about cloud storage,” said Steve Metz, Vice President, Samsung Semiconductor. “RStor’s innovations are enabling enterprises to seamlessly manage and control their data while meeting the increasingly complex requirements of high-performance computing & cloud environments.”