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IndustryStorage virtualization
Founded2012 (2012)
HeadquartersSan Jose California
Key people
Poojan Kumar, CEO
Satyam Vaghani, CTO

PernixData was a software company based in San Jose, California. PernixData was co-founded in February 2012 by Poojan Kumar and Satyam Vaghani. Its main product is PernixData FVP, which is software for virtualizing server-side flash memory[1] and random-access memory (RAM).


PernixData was co-founded in February 2012 by Poojan Kumar, CEO, and Satyam Vaghani, CTO.[2] Initial capital investment came from Lightspeed Venture Partners with individual investments from Mark Leslie, founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas; John Thomson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and Microsoft Board Member; and Lane Bess, chief operating officer at Zscaler and former CEO of Palo Alto Networks. A second round of funding in May 2013 came from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the original investors.[3] In August 2014, PernixData raised Series C financing, led by Menlo Ventures with contributions from previous investors. Investments in that round were also made by Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of; Jim Davidson, of Silver Lake Partners and Steve Luczo, chairman and CEO of Seagate Technology.[4]

In August 2013, PernixData announced its FVP software product. In July, 2016, there were reports of potential sale of the company.[5][6] PernixData was acquired by Nutanix in August, 2016.[7]

Products and competition[edit]

PernixData FVP virtualizes server-side flash memory and random-access memory (RAM), software intended to scale storage performance independent of capacity.[8] In 2013, PernixData FVP was only available for VMware's cloud computing platform vSphere 5, but Kumar indicated plans to ready FVP for various hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V.[9] Version 2.0 of FVP was announced in August 2014, alongside various new editions of the product (Enterprise, Standard, VDI and Essentials Plus).[10] [11]

Competing VMware-focused flash virtualization technologies include Virtunet Systems' VirtuCache[12], SanDisk’s FlashSoft, Proximal Data's Autocache, and VMware's own vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFRC).[13] PernixData's FVP and Virtunet Systems' VirtuCache distinguish themselves from VMware's own vFRC by adding write caching and clustering.[14] [15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Darrow, Barb (February 20, 2013). "PernixData comes out of stealth to attack server-side flash problem". Gigaom. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  2. ^ Geren, Tomio (February 20, 2013). "PernixData Aims To Break Virtualization And Storage Bottleneck". Forbes. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Williams, Alex (May 14, 2013). "PernixData Raises $20M In Oversubscribed Round For New Way To Think About Storage". TechCrunch. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Basich, Zoran (August 20, 2014). "The Daily Startup: Marc Benioff Joins $35M Round for PernixData". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Chris Mellor (July 1, 2016), "Sources: Nutanix poised to gobble PernixData: Hyper-converged upstart eyes up hypervisor flash caching biz", The Register, retrieved August 29, 2016
  6. ^ Marc Farley and Lauren Malhoit (July 4, 2016). "Independence no more? Will Nutanix acquire PernixData". Vuncalcast. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Heather Somerville (August 28, 2016). "Nutanix acquires two startups amid IPO delay". Yahoo! Tech.
  8. ^ Joseph F. Kovar (August 5, 2013). "PernixData FVP Clusters Server Flash To Add Performance In Virtualized Environments". CRN Magazine. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  9. ^ ter Harmsel, William (November 4, 2013). "Interview Poojan Kumar – CEO of PernixData". Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "PernixData adds RAM pools to FVP flash caching software". ComputerWeeky. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  11. ^ Vizard, Mike (September 2, 2014). "PernixData Turns Memory in Unified Persistent Storage". ITBusinessEdge. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
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  13. ^ Lively flash market leaves Fusion-io standing on shaky ground — Tech News and Analysis
  14. ^ Chris Mellor (October 16, 2013). "PernixData shows off write-caching, clustering one-trick FVP pony. Can VMware kit do this? No. Well, not for now, anyway..." The Register. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
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