back to article Startups face logjam as the trickle towards the exit turns into flood

The mass of storage start-ups is threatening to overwhelm the exit routes into the great, wide post-start-up world, dooming many to lingering deaths or outright failure. Remember Attrato, Copan, Coraid, Exafile, Nirvanix, Parascale, Starboard Storage and TrueSAN? Hopeful storage start-ups that failed to make it from the start- …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    By 2017

    Simplivity, Maxta, Cloudera will be acquired

    Nutanix will ultimately be surpassed due to inexplicably and valuation

    Tintri, Tegile, Actifio, Kaminario, Pernix, Scale Computing, Nimboxx, Atlantis, SolidFire - Roadkill

    Falconstore, DataCore, X-IO - The storage cockroaches with strategies du jour

    IPO: Pure Storage and then fade as incumbents continue to put pressure on them

    1. BuckRogers

      Re: By 2017

      Spot on assessment!

      Another point of note, is that as the large OEM's acquire the Simplivity's and the Maxta's of the world, it will diminish the value of Nutanix considerably as those OEM sales channels close off to Nutanix.

      Unless Nutanix has something earth shattering product pipeline in the form of a new VM ecosystem, it may very likely end up just like Violin.

      1. Freakyfeet

        Re: By 2017


  2. ByteMe

    Buyer's market and acquisition is no guarantee of success

    It's a buyers market and not a lot of buyers at that. Nobody is going to repeat the stupidity we saw with Data Domain and 3PAR acquisitions. With this many companies looking for a buyer and running out of cash, buyers can afford to wait for a good deal.

    Even if one or two of these start-ups get acquired, it's no guarantee they'll last. NetApp is in pretty sorry state right now and needs to acquire something exciting. However, when it comes to acquisitions they're all thumbs. They've failed to make any acquisition pan out and the acquired talent jumps ship quickly due to the internal politics. They eventually mothball it because they can't figure out how to sell it.

    I suspect some VCs will get their money back, but I'll be surprised if any of these companies see a huge payday.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Here's how it'll go down..

    Attrato will do a stock swap deal with Copan, who will enter into a technology sharing deal with Coraid, who will cross-synergize its cloud technology with Exafile, whose activist shareholders will demand a cross-licensing deal with Nirvanix, who will mount a hostile takeover of Parascale. The resulting mega-storage behemoth will then farm out its actual engineering work to AliBaba, who will roll the technology into its new Yahoo Chat App, thereby leveraging the Yahoo market valuation to a nice even $1 Trillion.

    After the flash crash, all of that technology will be available on a USB drive made in Vietnam, for about $1.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nice article Chris. It will really interesting to see how everything unfolds over the next few years.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Decent article with some sensible analysis for a change, Chris.

    Lets hope its not a flash in the pan*

    *see what I did there.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    One wonders if any of the flash manufacturers will buy any of the all-flash-array vendors. Sandisk did recently buy Fusion IO.

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