Data Storage Startup Acunu Raises $3.6 Million To Launch Its First Product

Data Storage Startup Acunu Raises $3.6 Million  To Launch Its First Product

London-based startup Acunu managed to secure USD 3.6 million in a Series A funding, provided by UK’s venture capital companies Eden Ventures, Oxford Technology Management and Pentech Ventures LLP, intended to help the company launch its first data storage product. The company’s software is still in private beta and a small number of undisclosed companies in the cloud computing, advertising, and social media business segments are running the software on commodity servers, Acunu said in a press release.

Acunu’s software is optimized to help solid drives act as a more efficient bridge between expensive, in-memory RAM and cheap-but-slow hard disks. The company bets on a technology that rewrites software stack for SSDs since modern applications require quick access to large amounts of data stored in memory or on memcached servers or SSDs near the web server. The software kernel uses a modified version of the Cassandra database for input and allows for multiple queries on distributed databases,
giving customers a unified view of the databases, which is advantageous for companies with multiple data stores located around the globe.

The Acunu Storage Platform is a software product dealing with “Big Data”, or very large amounts of data, combining existing Big Data tools with a cardinal re-architecture of the storage stack, making commodity storage much more faster than high-end conventional databases.

“Acunu tackles some of the hardest challenges in Big Data, both for startups and for large enterprises, reducing time to market and increasing performance. This funding will support our growth and speed  the adoption of our technology,” Tim Moreton, CEO of Acunu, was quoted as saying by Businesswire.

The company was founded in 2009 and its total funding stands at USD 5 million with backing form UK’s government agencies The Carbon trust and Finance Southeast. Acunu’s solution can be deployed in own data centers of enterprises and government agencies as well as in the cloud, allowing customers to meet growing storage demands with fewer computers and save on energy.
The company is founded and managed by Oxford and Cambridge researchers who are developing an open, fast and flexible storage engine based on patented algorithms. The Acunu Storage Platform, now open for public beta testing, features a powerful management interface for scale-out deployment and cluster management. Initially, the storage platform will be used to power Apache Cassandra and an Amazon S3 -compatible store, the company revealed.

The Acunu Storage Platform is open software running on clusters of commodity machines, allowing users’ application to run unmodified while providing a great number of open source tools to customers. Extensible tools for deploying, managing and monitoring the whole stack are also available.The Acunu Storage Core, an open source next-generation storage stack, runs inside the Linux Kernel, powering databases like Acunu’s Distribution for Cassandra through a native key-value interface.
The company claims that benefits include performance from large cost-effective SATA disks and consumer-grade SSDs as well as enhanced data integrity. Risk and performance impact of disk rebuilds are eliminated by the product, Acunu insists.

Developers will rest satisfied with a familiar interface in view of the fact that Acunu uses a modified version of Apache Cassandra, an open-source database based on systems utilized at Google, Amazon and Facebook.

The company did not elaborate when the product will be officially launched, however, we could expect it to come to life in late-2011. Obviously, more detailed analysis of Acunu’s product should be conducted after the public beta testing progresses to a level where a critical mass of beta-testers is accumulated.

By Kiril Kirilov

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