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As Box preps for IPO, CEO Aaron Levie brings his road show home — with some tough love for Seattle

As Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie took the stage Thursday afternoon at the Box World Tour road show in his hometown of Seattle, he didn’t start talking his company’s pending IPO or its ambitions to conquer the cloud. Instead, the 28-year-old went off about ride-sharing. “Did anyone take Uber here?” asked Levie, a Mercer Island,… Read More

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Storage startup Coho Data raises $25M from Ignition, Andreessen Horowitz

Coho Data, an integrated storage startup with offices in Vancouver, B.C. and Sunnyvale, Calif., has raised a $25 million venture round from Ignition Partners and existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The company was started by veterans of Xensource, where Ignition’s Frank Artale previously worked. “Flash technology has been limited to point use cases to date, but with… Read More

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German agency seals $23M deal for high-powered Cray supercomputers to improve the science of weather predictions

Seattle supercomputer maker Cray Inc. has sealed a $23 million deal to deliver two XC30 supercomputers and two Sonexion 1600 storage systems to Germany’s National Meteorological Service, one of the world’s top weather prediction centers. Cray said in a press release today that researchers at Deutscher Wetterdienst, or DWD, will be able to use the machines to produce… Read More

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Cray makes bold move in data storage, hires majority of Texas team from SFW

Here’s one way to bolster a business, and pick up some talented staffers in a tight hiring market. Seattle supercomputer maker Cray announced Thursday that it has hired the majority of employees from Austin, Texas-based SystemFabricWorks, a company that’s described as a leader in “storage interconnect solutions and software.” Joining Cray as part of the deal are… Read More

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Amazon unveils new storage and backup service ‘Glacier’

Another day, another new offering from Amazon Web Services. Today, the company rolled out Amazon Glacier, described as a low-cost storage, data archiving and backup service. “With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions,”… Read More

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Fast-growing storage upstart Box unpacks $125 million in funding

Box, the file sharing and data storage startup founded seven years ago by Mercer Island High School grads Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith, has reeled in a whopping $125 million venture round led by General Atlantic. The financing follows an $81 million deal that the Los Altos, California company raised last fall, building a substantial arsenal… Read More

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Ex-Isilon, Amazon engineers start stealthy Qumulo

Isilon System is one of the biggest startup success stories of the past 10 years, with the Seattle storage company rebounding from tough times to sell for a whopping $2.25 billion to EMC in late 2010. The company has continued to grow in its new Pioneer Square headquarters, even gobbling up Bellevue-based Likewise Software last month…. Read More

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‘Mooning’ Microsoft: Box skips software giant in release of new mobile cloud service

Was there something traumatic about Aaron Levie’s childhood that caused an intense dislike of Microsoft? The founder of the Silicon Valley online storage service Box attended Mercer Island High School, just a few miles from Microsoft’s sprawling Redmond campus. But there’s no hometown pride when it comes to Microsoft, a company that Levie has routinely… Read More

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Amazon.com announces price cuts on S3 storage service

Amazon Web Services is cutting prices … again. The company just announced a series of price reductions related to its S3 storage service, with Jeff Barr of AWS explaining the rationale in a blog post. S3, which stands for Simple Storage Service, is used by companies to store everything from Web applications to digital content…. Read More

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Mozy rolls out Stash, another place to access files on the go

There’s no shortage of online storage and synchronization services on the market, from Box.net to Dropbox to Apple’s iCloud to Seattle’s very own TappIn (acquired last month by GlobalScape). Now, here comes another player, and boy does it have deep pockets. Seattle-based Mozy, the unit of storage giant EMC, today is announcing the public availability of… Read More

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Cloud storage startup Symform scores $2 million

Symform has raised an additional $2 million in funding from WestRiver Capital, OVP Venture Partners and Longworth Venture Partners, bringing total cash raised in the Seattle cloud storage startup to $9 million. The money will be used for business development, marketing and sales. The company said that its user base grew by more than 800 percent over the… Read More

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Ignition Partners bankrolls flash storage startup WhipTail

Ignition Partners is continuing its transformation into a national venture capital firm. The latest example is WhipTail, a Whippany, New Jersey company that today announced a second round of venture capital financing from RRE Ventures, Spring Mountain Capital and Ignition. The size of the investment was not disclosed. But, as part of the deal, Ignition’s… Read More

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Isilon adding 200 jobs as it settles into Pioneer Square HQ

Isilon Systems, getting comfortable in its new digs in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, said today that it plans to add 200 more workers locally over the next 15 months. The company has 430 people in Seattle currently, and 800 companywide. The data storage company says the growth will represent a 75 percent increase in employment… Read More

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Cloud storage provider Symform adds $1M, plans HQ move in Seattle

Symform, which made some waves earlier this week when it announced a new referral program in which customers can earn up to 200GB of free cloud storage, has pulled in an additional $1 million in venture capital financing. The cash infusion follows the appointment of Matthew Schiltz — formerly of Powerit, DocuSign, General Software and CourtLink… Read More

Roving CEO Matthew Schiltz lands at the helm of Symform

Matthew Schiltz sure gets around. The Seattle technology executive just three months ago was named CEO of Powerit Solutions, a Seattle company whose software is used to increase energy efficiency at industrial companies. Now, Schiltz has landed a new gig, taking over the CEO role at online storage upstart Symform. Schiltz, who previously served as… Read More