|Industry||Information technology, data storage|
|Headquarters||Whippany, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Dan Crain (CEO)
James Candelaria (CTO)
Aaron 'AJ' Jennings (SVP Corporate Development)
Cristobal Conde (chairman)
|Products||ACCELA, INVICTA, INVICTA INFINITY|
Whiptail (styled as WHIPTAIL) was previously a privately held company that builds data storage systems out of solid-state drive components. Whiptail designed and commercialized the use of NAND flash memory as a replacement for hard disk drives in large-scale storage systems. The company is named after the whiptail racerunner, a fast lizard species indigenous to the southwestern United States.
On October 29, 2013,Whiptail (advised by Eric Mandl and Vikram Rao) was acquired by Cisco Systems for approximately US $415M.
Headquartered in Whippany, New Jersey, with offices in San Jose, California and London, United Kingdom, Whiptail was founded in 2009 by Edward T Rebholz CEO and (now CTO) James Candelaria. Early investors included Ignition Partners, RRE Ventures and Spring Mountain Capital. In January 2012, Series B funding was reported as "more than $10 million." In December 2012, Whiptail announced a $31 million funding round. Ignition Partners led the Series C financing, with SanDisk Ventures joining as the new strategic investor (investment led by Alex Lam, Director of SanDisk Ventures), while RRE Ventures and Spring Mountain Capital also participated.
Whiptail released the XLR8r in 2009. In May 2012, Whiptail announced the ACCELA all-flash storage array, and INVICTA, which featured scaling, high-availability, modular and multi-protocol technology.
In November 2012, Whiptail announced INVICTA INFINITY, which they said exceeded 4 million IOPS and 40 GB/second data rate and an upgrade to version 4.1. of the software RACERUNNER, which allows businesses to replicate data to a non-Whiptail target array.
In 2012, Whiptail partnered with Cisco, Citrix, SanDisk, Micron and VMware. Whiptail works with the Cisco VXI (Virtualization Experience Infrastructure) and the UCS (Unified Computing System). INVICTA and ACCELA are verified as Citrix Ready. The Citrix Ready program identifies solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix, including Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, XenServer, NetScaler and GoToMeeting. In December, 2012, SanDisk announced an investment in Whiptail via SanDisk Ventures, the company’s newly formed strategic investment arm. Whiptail’s INVICTA and ACCELA storage arrays achieved VMware Ready status.
On September 10, 2013, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Whiptail for $415 million, with a plan to incorporate Whiptail's technology within Cisco UCS fabric offerings at a hardware and manageability level.
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|Application Workloads||1 - 9||1 - 60||1 - 300|
|Nodes||2 - 6||7 - 30|
|Storage Capacity||1.5 - 12 TB||6 - 72 TB||84 - 360 TB|
|Performance||250,000 IOPS||650,000 IOPS||800,000 - 4,000,000 IOPS|
|Bandwidth||1.9 GB/s||7 GB/s||40 GB/s|
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