Model9 Secures $9M in Series A Funding Led by Intel Capital
NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2020 -- Model9, a pioneer of cloud data management for mainframes, announced that it has raised $9 million in Series A funding to accelerate market adoption of its groundbreaking data management and business intelligence solutions. Global 2000 enterprises that rely on mainframe technology can now back up their business-critical data in the cloud and derive the benefits from hybrid cloud technologies and economics.
The round was led by Intel Capital with participation from existing investors StageOne, North First Ventures and GlenRock Israel. The funds will be used to fuel global expansion and to further enhance Model9's technology and product offerings, which have been successfully implemented by some of the world's leading financial services institutes, government agencies and transportation companies.
Mainframes are used as the core computing platform of the world's largest and most critical businesses. According to IBM, 92 of the world's top 100 banks, leading insurance carriers and many retail, healthcare and government organizations rely on mainframes, which process 29 billion ATM transactions every year and account for $7.7 trillion in credit card payments annually.
While IT executives in mainframe organizations rank implementing cloud technologies as a top priority, staffing, skills shortage and platform capabilities are reported as the main obstacles, resulting in slow adoption of cloud technologies and low usage of mainframe data in Business Intelligence initiatives.
"We help large enterprises accelerate their implementation of hybrid cloud and reduce the cost and complexity of their mainframe infrastructure, leveraging modern skills," said Gil Peleg, founder and CEO of Model9. "The company has been enjoying positive momentum with sales increasing 300 percent in the last quarter and a long list of prospects."
"Mainframes store 70 percent of the world's business data," says Anthony Lin, Vice President and Senior Managing Director at Intel Capital. "We identified Model9 as having a first-mover edge with a software-only solution to extract and load mainframe data from the mainframe to any cloud or to any on-prem storage through a standard TCP/IP protocol. This ability opens up a variety of DR, Archive and Storage use cases, scaling to thousands of companies from the financial and public sectors, among others. Furthermore, Model9's solution enables conversion of mainframe-compatible file formats to object storage, thus allowing the company's customers to utilize the latest business analytics, big data and AI solutions to gain insights from previously untapped data sets."
Model9 modernizes mainframe data management and business intelligence in large enterprises and helps them accelerate the adoption of hybrid cloud technologies and benefit from cloud economics. Its patented technology delivers mainframe data to any cloud or on-premise storage platform, eliminating tape and virtual tape, and enabling secure integration with advanced analytics tools. Model9 is trusted by the world's leading financial institutions, government agencies and transportation companies. It is a graduate of the IBM AlphaZone startup program as well as an AWS Advanced Technology Partner.
About Intel Capital
Intel Capital invests in innovative start-ups targeting artificial intelligence, autonomous technology, data center and cloud, 5G, next-generation compute, and a wide range of other disruptive technologies. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US$12.4 billion in 1,560 companies worldwide, and 670 portfolio companies have gone public or participated in a merger or acquisition. Intel Capital curates thousands of business development introductions each year between its portfolio companies and the Global 2000. For more information visit www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital.