This is my first post in months… mainly because I have been heads down developing a new product and been in so deep I’m just now coming up for air!
Earlier this year, I was serving as CTO for a start-up company providing hosted desktops in the cloud. Great idea – move business desktops into the cloud. Unfortunately, the cost of business-class NAS (network attached storage) from vendors like NetApp, EMC and Dell turned out to be so expensive, the company couldn’t make money as its hosted storage cost of goods were just too high. While very disappointing on the one hand, after working so hard in a start-up that failed, I was quick to also recognize this as a potential opportunity…
That’s a brief back story for what’s about to be launched into the market early next year – a subscription-based NAS product that makes cloud storage and VM storage affordable by all.
So why does this matter, you might ask? Well, a typical small to medium corporation invests several hundred thousand dollars to manage their business-critical data today. With SoftNAS, we are reducing those costs to a few tens of thousands for 90% the same functionality.
At a time when companies are struggling to hire more employees, provide decent health insurance coverage for existing employees, and keep growing (or just keep the doors open), saving money on IT infrastructure and storage costs is a very good thing.
Anyway, I will be working on a launch for SoftNAS (the new product) starting in January, which will provide an opportunity to get re-focused on product launches and online marketing once again. Should be fun!
I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving! (and if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, have some turkey and dressing anyway – good stuff!!)
P.S. SoftNAS is available for free download for anyone with a small business with storage needs. If you have a small business or like technology, you find it useful (would be great to get your feedback on it)