SoftIron is a provider of purpose-built and performance-optimized data center appliances which makes the world’s finest, unified storage solutions for the enterprise, unleashing the full potential of Ceph for SDS.

SoftIron creates task-specific appliances for scale-out data center solutions, delivering industry-leading performance across metrics including density, efficiency, capacity, speed and heat emission.

SoftIron was founded in 2017 by Phil Straw, Mark Chen and Norman Fraser. The company is headquartered in Mayfair, London, with an office in Newark, California.

SoftIron’s mission is to create the world’s finest storage solutions for the modern-day enterprise.

SoftIron's hardware is designed, developed and assembled in California and is purpose-built to optimize the performance of open-source software for hyper-scale and SMB data centers. The company recently added HyperSwitch™, a next-generation top-of-rack switch built to maximize the performance and flexibility of SONiC.


SoftIron's, Ceph is the leading open source platform for software-defined storage (SDS). It’s the gold standard for SDS as it’s designed to provide highly scalable object, block and file-based storage under a unified system.


SoftIron is backed by Norman Fraser, a serial IT entrepreneur whose previous successes include two IPO tech stars that achieved unicorn valuations: Vocalis (LSE:VOC, 1996) and Endava (NYSE:DAVA, 2018). The company raised $34M in a Series B round on Mar 25, 2020. This brings SoftIron's total funding to $41M to date.



  • Year founded: 2017
  • Funding Info: $41M over 2 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series B)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 11-50
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Mayfair
  • State: London
  • Country: United Kingdom
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