Agami Systems

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agámi Systems
Industry Data storage devices
Founded 2003
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California
Key people
David Stiles, CEO
Kumar Sreekanti, CTO
Products AIS3000, AIS6000
Website (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-inch IEC rack-compliant
  • Maximum disk drives: 48 × SATA drives
  • Disk drive densities: 750 GB
  • Disk Controllers: 2 × 24-port SATA
  • Raw Capacity: 36 TB
  • Processor: 4 × AMD Opteron CPU
  • ECC Memory: 12 GB
  • NVRAM: 2 GB
  • Network Connectivity: 12 × 1 Gigabit/s Ethernet


  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.