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Coraid

Editor's note:- Coraid was a company in the NAS market which pioneered its own style of storage connection technology using ethernet. (See notes below for more.) The original Coraid company ceased operations in 2015 but the brand and the core technology ideas and IP were acquired and resurrected in 2016 by the original founder into a new VC-less venture called SouthSuite.

Coraid - circa 2011

Coraid's SATA+RAID EtherDrive Storage platform is an award-winning technology that is significantly driving down the cost of SAN storage worldwide. Coraid designs and manufactures innovative, affordable networked storage appliances based the open ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) storage protocol. AoE leverages all of the advantages of Ethernet to provide true networked storage at the best possible value. Coraid was named as InfoWorld's BOSSIE Award for Best of Open Source In Storage in 2007 and won the 2005 Product Excellence Award for Best Data Backup and Storage Solution at the Linux World Expo in San Francisco. For more information visit http://www.coraid.com

See also:- Coraid - editorial mentions on STORAGEsearch.com, Coraid is now officially toast (April 21, 2015)
  • editor's comments:- October 2011 - among other things Coraid makes NAS systems which run ATA storage commands over ethernet using a protocol called AoE - which was invented by the company's founder - Brantley Coile - and has low latency.

    In my view AoE hasn't achieved wide market acceptance - and many vendors say it's not suitable for heavy duty enterprise apps because of reliability and security issues - but the company - which has attracted over $85 million so far in VC funding - says it has 1,500 customers in in 45 countries.

    For another view about the company - see George Crump's briefing note- re Coraid (Jan 2011).
Coraid mentions in SSD market history

In February 2009 - Coraid added SSDs to the drives supported in its AoE systems.

In August 2011 - Coraid unveiled a new version of its 10GbE AoE compatible 4U rackmount storage - the EtherFlash solution - which integrates commodity SAS or SATA SSDs at a system price under $10/GB with less than 200 microseconds latency.

In November 2011 - Coraid today announced that it has closed a $50 million investment round.

In April 2015 - Coraid was being widely reported as having closed for business due to lack of funds. See for example:- Coraid is now officially toast

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Lessons from Coraid - 2017 perspective
Editor:- August 2, 2017 - AoE (ATA-over-Ethernet) is one of those ideas from storage history (AoE news coverage here on the mouse site started in 2003) which flash into the news pages for a while and then fade away.

There's a new article on StorageNewsletter - interview with Brantley Coile, CEO and Founder, Coraid - which takes you into the thinking behind the original concept and brings you up to date with what his new company is doing now.

Among other things in the article - Brantley Coile talks about the mistaken business direction which Coraid took to grow revenue after its successes in 2010 to 2012...

"...then management made a huge mistake: they decided to change the operating systems. Instead of using the Bell Labs technology I had used, and still use, they wanted to switch to Solaris. Companies like Coraid can't afford to change OSes no matter what the reason. It confuses customers. It means completely changing developers. It stops new features as the new team relearns all the lessons the old team had already discovered. Sales sagged. Funding disappeared." ...read the article

See also:- VCs in storage , Surviving the Solaris x86 Wars
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