Agami Systems

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
agámi Systems
Type Private
Industry Data storage devices
Founded 2003
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California
Key people David Stiles, CEO
Kumar Sreekanti, CTO
Products AIS3000, AIS6000
Website www.agami.com (defunct)

Agámi Systems, Inc. was a network storage company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Agámi Information Servers (AIS) were marketed to both network attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) markets.[1]

The company was founded in April 2003 by Kumar Sreekanti in San Jose, California.[2] Its first round of venture capital of about $5.5 million included investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (with board member Vinod Khosla), Alta California Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Apex Ventures and Advanced Equities Venture Partners.[2] It was originally called StorAD for its first year, and included intellectual property acquired from failed company Zambeel, which was in a similar market and had been founded in 1999.[3][4] A second round of financing raised over $25 million in September 2004.[5] Hercules Technology Growth Capital provided $11 million in debt financing in August 2006.[6]

David Stiles joined in 2005 and became chief executive in May 2007,[7] just after chief financial officer Dean Seniff was replaced on April 30.[8] In March 2007 support for the iSCSI block access protocol was announced.[9] The company, then located in Sunnyvale, California, filed for raising more capital through 2007, including new investor Duff, Ackerman, and Goodrich.[10]

A third round of $45 million in funding from existing investors was announced in February 2008 during the start of the Great Recession.[11] The company shut down operations on July 28, 2008. The employees were told of the shutdown at 11:00 AM, and it was effective two hours later, at 1:00 PM.[12][13] This led to speculation that the funding announced in February had not actually closed.[14]

By September 2008 Stiles had purchased Agámi assets and used their office space for a new company named Scalable Storage Systems.[7][15]

In October 2008, Ocarina Networks hired Agami Systems India operations and engineering team in Hyderabad.

The AIS6000 series was said to perform at 1 GB/sec and supported 36 terabytes of raw data. AIS6136 specifications:

Chassis Form Factor: 5 EIAU high - 19" IEC rack-compliant
Maximum disk drives: 48 x SATA drives
Disk drive densities: 750GB
Disk Controllers: 2 x 24-port SATA
Raw Capacity: 36TB
Processor: 4 x AMD Opteron CPU
ECC Memory: 12GB
NVRAM: 2 GB
Network Connectivity: 12 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About agámi Systems". Company former web site. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Notice of Sale of Securities". US Securities and Exchange Commission. May 29, 2004. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "From Zambeelians to Chameleons". Byte and Switch. July 22, 2004. Archived from the original on August 25, 2004. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Zambeel Znuffed Out". Byte and Switch. April 26, 2003. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Notice of Sale of Securities". US Securities and Exchange Commission. September 17, 2004. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Palo Alto's Hercules provides $11M to Agami". Silicon Valley Business Journal. August 14, 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Chris Mellor and Dean Seniff (September 29, 2008). "Scalable Storage rises from agàmi ashes: Dead heron in the forested startup swamp". The Register. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ James Rogers (April 30, 2007). "Agami Sorts Cash Issues". Network Computing. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "agámi Systems Announces Next Generation Network Attached Storage Solution". Press release. March 12, 2007. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Notice of Sale of Securities". Form D (Amended). US Securities and Exchange Commission. November 12, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ agámi Systems (February 15, 2008). "agámi Systems Raises $45 Million in Series C Financing". Press release. Archived from the original on March 4, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ Scott Duke Harris (August 18, 2008). "Promising start-up abruptly shuts down". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ Chris Preimesberger (July 29, 2008). "Agami Systems Shuts Its Doors, Suspends Business". eWeek. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  14. ^ Vasanth Sridharan (August 19, 2008). "Valley Start-Up Agami Systems Raises $45 Million, Disappears". Business Insider. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ Scott Duke Harris (September 24, 2008). "Agami's rebirth as Scalable Storage Systems leaves ex-employees angry". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved November 29, 2013.