a16z Partner Peter Levine on the DataGravity “secret sauce”

Yesterday was a big day – the day DataGravity unveiled the technology we’ve been working on since the company was founded in 2012, and which our co-founders had been dreaming about long before that. As Andreessen Horowitz Partner and DataGravity Board Member Peter Levine called it, yesterday was “the day storage went from dumb to smart.” But as with any significant moment, the backstory is a critical part of understanding the news.

For DataGravity, part of that backstory took place in conversations between our founders and industry leaders, including Peter, who had deep experience in storage and systems software before he moved into venture capital. When Peter met DataGravity Co-founder Paula Long four years ago, he says she became a resource to him (before Andreessen Horowitz ever invested in DataGravity), and they’d talk often about the technical nuances of various projects. Here’s how Peter describes his first conversations with Paula about DataGravity:

“… Paula would tell me how the real future of storage was unlocking the information residing in the gazillions of files and terabytes of unstructured data that organizations store but never use.  She articulated that most other storage companies were in a race to zero; chasing the faster and cheaper angle, with their solid-state storage and incremental innovation. ‘Table stakes,’ she would say.  ‘DataGravity is going to do something never done before.  We are going to unlock the value of storage. Storage is the obvious place for intelligence to be surfaced.’ This all sounded great, but – even with my background in the space – I never fully appreciated what Paula had envisioned.  She had a secret.”

We shared that secret yesterday: Discovery Series, the first data-aware storage system that tracks data access and analyzes data as it is stored to provide greater visibility, insight and value from a company’s information assets. This is the future of storage, what Peter calls “making storage smart, all in a single system.”

To learn more about how data-aware storage will impact IT and business users, check out these DataGravity demos.

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Jeff Boehm

Jeff Boehm

Jeff Boehm was the vice president of marketing at DataGravity for 2 years. Jeff brought more than 20 years of experience with a rare combination of marketing skills, organizational leadership and technical background to DataGravity, having shaped the BI and search markets working for industry pioneers and disrupters.