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Gridstore Closes $11 Million Series B Funding Round

Prepares for 2014 Growth & Expansion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif, December 4, 2013-- Gridstore™, the leader in optimized storage for Windows Server with Hyper-V that accelerates application I/O up to 500%, today announced that it has closed its Series B funding round. The company raised $11 million in an oversubscribed round led by new investor, Acero Capital, and included participation from all of its current investors GGV Capital, Investec Ventures Ireland Limited, ONSET Ventures and some of the original angel investors. Gridstore will use this infusion of capital to expand both its geographic coverage and its partner recruitment programs, as well as continued product investment. In addition to participating in the funding round, Acero Capital's General Partner, Rami Elkhatib, will join the Gridstore board of directors.

"We are very pleased to lead this round of funding," said Rami Elkhatib, General Partner, Acero Capital. "Virtualization has fundamentally changed the IT infrastructure landscape and we chose to add Gridstore to our portfolio because it is the first company that is truly custom built from the ground up to address storage from this perspective. In our due diligence, we were impressed by the fact that Gridstore's beta customers universally adopted the technology upon testing it. We see a great need in the storage industry for a next generation technology and Gridstore is poised to be a leader in this space."

Gridstore's revolutionary new software-defined storage (SDS) solution, Gridstore 3.0, was purpose-built to address the architectural disconnect between traditional storage and virtualization. The product solves a critical issue -- the degraded performance caused by traditional storage in a Windows Server Hyper-V environment. Gridstore 3.0 accelerates Hyper-V applications by up to 500%, while offering an affordable pay-as-you-scale pricing structure

"We welcome Acero Captial to the board and look forward to leveraging their experience and strategic insights as we plan for continued growth and expansion," said George Symons, CEO, Gridstore. "Our introduction of Gridstore 3.0 was met with overwhelming acceptance -- 100% of the beta customers purchased the product, and reported that performance was even better than they anticipated. Customers also lauded the simple deployment and ease-of-management. From this we have built a strong pipeline and look forward to significant growth over the next year." Symons continued, "Our timing is perfect. We are seeing a dramatic increase in interest from customers and the market for software-defined storage. With Gridstore 3.0 we have focused on Windows and Hyper-V just as the implementation of Hyper-V in the mid-market has taken off. With this new funding, we will be expanding our sales team and signing up a strong set of new partners as well as extending our geographic reach."

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ABOUT Gridstore

Gridstore™ is the leader in optimized storage for Windows Servers and Hyper-V that accelerates application I/O. All traditional storage suffers from the I/O blender that severely impacts application performance in virtual environments. Gridstore is Software Defined Storage that uses patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender and accelerate applications in three unique ways.

1. vmOptimized™ Storage provides self-optimizing storage stacks that accelerate I/O for each application.
2. TrueQoS™ is the industry's only end-to-end Storage QoS that guarantees performance for your most important applications.
3. GridScale™ is a simple, pay-as-you-scale grid architecture with massively parallel performance scaling that accelerates application I/O.

Gridstore is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. For more information, please visit: http://www.gridstore.com

© 2013 Gridstore. All rights reserved. Gridstore, the Gridstore logo, AutoPilot, vmOptimized, Direct I/O, FlashGrid, Grid, GridControl, GridProtect, GridScale, GridSensor, Server-side Virtual Controller Technology (SVCT), Thin-Provisioned vLUNS, TrueQoS, vController, vPool, and vStore are registered, trademarks or pending trademarks of Gridstore in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Information regarding products, services and offerings may be superseded by subsequent documents and are subject to change without notice. For the latest information and specifications regarding Gridstore and any of its offerings or services, please visit www.gridstore.com.


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