Liqid secures $10M in Series A round led by Marker Hill

Thursday May 11, 2017 Tags: Lafayette, Liqid, Tom Juracek, Jay Breakstone, Liqid Cl Platform

LAFAYETTE -- Liqid Inc., a leading provider of on-demand composable infrastructure (CI) technologies, announced it has secured $10 million in Series A funding led by Marker Hill Capital, joined by existing investor and strategic partner, Phison Electronics Corp.liqid-logo

Along with previous seed funding from Kingston Technology, Phison Electronics, ABR Capital Management and DH Capital, the company has now raised $20 million to drive the future of composable infrastructure (CI) architecture in the datacenter.

Liqid said it will use the funding to accelerate development of its flagship Liqid CI platform for 2017 general availability, recruit additional engineering talent, and drive its sales and marketing efforts to meet growing demand for the company’s innovative approach to datacenter resource agility.

“Traditional approaches to datacenter architecture have fallen short of addressing the growing need for data agility and infrastructure flexibility and efficiency,” said Tom Juracek, Marker Hill managing director.

“Liqid has risen to the challenge by delivering the world’s first truly composable infrastructure, offering a timely revolution in infrastructure that enables IT users to pool and deploy compute, networking, data storage, and graphics processing at the bare-metal server level.

“The Liqid CI Platform enables the kind of data agility IT users require, providing unprecedented ability to scale infrastructure resources to meet demand and instantly reprovision when their needs change.”

Liqid said its CI Platform exponentially increases business agility by allowing IT administrators to fully automate their infrastructure resources to meet the demands of both legacy and modern software while scaling and composing on demand to accommodate the latest business critical applications.

Datacenter architectures have seen significant advances with the advent of the cloud era but have remained shackled by the motherboard/chassis paradigm, which locks resource allocation to the point of purchase.

Through innovations in low-latency fabrics and intelligent software, Liqid said its CI Platform addresses this painful and costly limitation by leveraging pools of compute, networking, data storage, and graphics processing residing on the PCI-express (PCIe) fabric, managed by Liqid CI software, to deliver transformative results.

With the Liqid CI Platform built on disaggregated resource pools, users are finally freed from the restrictions of the motherboard/chassis configuration that has remained one of the final physical limitations of the digital world, the company said.

Datacenter resources can now communicate natively via Liqid Grid, Liqid’s PCIe-based fabric switch. Liqid CI software allows IT users to orchestrate resources as needed and instantly reallocate physical resources as business needs change.

“We are excited and humbled that these incredible partners have recognized the unparalleled value that Liqid CI presents the market,” said Jay Breakstone, Liqid CEO.

“With a strong technological foundation and some of the most talented engineering and business professionals in the business, we are eager to use this funding to expand our team, refine our industry-leading CI offering, and educate the marketplace on the value of the unprecedented data agility that the Liqid CI platform brings to modern datacenter architecture.”

Liqid has existing OEM partnerships with the world’s largest provider of memory products, Kingston Technology, and cloud computing total solutions provider Inspur.