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Keeping up with the kollect-kash-ians: Data manager Komprise more than doubles funding

Thanks to whip-round from WD investment arm and co

Data management startup Komprise has more than doubled its funding, collecting a $24m third round to grow its file-moving and managing tech.

Enterprises have long needed to shift files to cheaper (and slower) storage as they aged or reduced in importance.

One of the challenges though has been that file access through directory/sub-directory lookup slows as directory sub-levels increases. Moving files without altering application code has meant a file stub was left in the original location. This has then sent the access request on to other file system locations, slowing down access as file system metadata was read to get the real file location.

In a nutshell, Komprise's technology has used worldwide web DNS (Domain Name System) lookups to attempt to short-circuit the process.

An alternative approach from InfiniteIO has involved having a dedicated file system metadata server placed in the data path in front of the file storage systems to accelerate metadata IO.

With the latest injection, Komprise funding has totalled $42m, and the third round was led by Top Tier Ventures, with strategic investment from new investor Western Digital Capital, along with participation from existing investors, Canaan Partners and Walden International.

The firm's last funding was a $12m B-round back in 2017, which took its total funding to $18m. Sun ZFS co-founder Bill Moore was an investor.

Komprise said the new cash would be spent on boosting sales, marketing, product development and customer support for its Intelligent Data Management Platform product. ®

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