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Stage

Acquired | Acquired

Total Raised

$150M

About Pillar Data Systems

Pillar Data Systems delivers storage solution with more utilization rate, is simple to manage and less expensive to scale.

Pillar Data Systems Headquarter Location

2840 Junction Ave

San Jose, California, 95134,

United States

Latest Pillar Data Systems News

Oracle Buys Ellison-Owned Pillar Data Systems

Mar 4, 2016

Oracle CEO and co-founder Larry Ellison's equity firm owns the majority stake in the 10-year-old storage company, which had been having financial issues for a few years. Oracle just made about the easiest purchase of another company inits 30-plus years in business, since it is buying a company its CEO andco-founder already owns.The Redwood City, Calif.-based database and IT infrastructure makerrevealed June 29 that it will acquire 10-year-old storage area networkprovider Pillar Data Systems, in which Oracle CEO and co-founder LarryEllison's equity firm owns the majority stake. Terms of the deal werenot disclosed. This was merely a matter of filling out paperwork and having lawyersbless the transaction. Ellison, since he is basically buying Pillarfrom himself, isn't bothering with an up-front payment of any kind. Oracle said it does not expect that the amount of the earn-out or itspotential impact to be influential to the company's results of operations or itsfinancial position.600 Customers in 10 YearsPillar Data, based in San Jose, Calif., has about 600 customers spreadacross 24 countries. It was founded in 2001, backed by a $150 millioninvestment by Ellison's equity company, Tako Ventures LLC. The company launched its first product, Pillar Axiom, in July 2005 .The main idea behind Pillar's hardware and software product portfoliois to provide highly scalable SAN Block I/O storage systems that canunify and manage SAN (storage area network) and NAS (network attachedstorage) environments together or separately on a single platform.Analysts and product testers generally agreed over the years thatPillar's arrays work very well and are cost-effective.Although it was well known within the industry that Pillar Dataproduced high-quality products, it also was known the company hadfinancial issues and had difficulty competing with more establishedcompanies, such as NetApp, Hewlett-Packard, EMC and IBM.Pillar Data, run by CEO Mike Workman, has about 300 employees. Theacquisition will give Oracle's installed base and potential newcustomers a second-generation-type option to the Sun storage lineup itacquired last year.Shares of Oracle were up slightly at about $32.50 before the market opened.Oracle President Mark Hurd and Executive Vice President of Systems JohnFowler are scheduled to provide an Oracle Storage storage strategyupdate on June 30. The event will be webcast at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern time. Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz  

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Pillar Data Systems Patents

Pillar Data Systems has filed 7 patents.

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