Just like life itself, SoftIron’s origins are in the ocean.
After 12 years of developing a deep understanding of specialisation and customisation through engineering marine computing products, SoftIron Limited was established in London by Norman Fraser, Phil Straw and Mark Chen.
But unlike the first fish that transitioned to living on land, our founders already knew exactly what they wanted next: to create an undeniably superior, custom-designed, end-to-end data infrastructure platform that’s accessible, easy to manage, and free of the obstacles of the past.
A month later, SoftIron Inc. was established in California.
By locating our first manufacturing facility with direct access to Silicon Valley, we were able to pursue our core tenet: to design and build everything from scratch, from materials we can trust.
From the outset, security and transparency was central to our approach, allowing us to provide a forensic chain of custody for every component.
Not content with giving the data storage community a hand, we went with an ARM.
In June 2014, we produced the first ARM64 server, and designed nearly all early ARM64 silicon destined for data centers.
By being involved at the start for all the software considerations – from firmware to operating systems to workloads – we were the first to pursue seeding a software-defined storage platform that leverages ARM64.
Our exploration into ARM64 led to the development of our HyperDrive range of products.
Shortly after, we complete a $7 million funding round led by Earth Capital Partners (ECP), through their Nobel Sustainability Fund initiative. ECP invests in sustainable technology sectors to accelerate companies for growth, expansion, and acquisition, and were keen to support our cutting-edge approach to redesigning enterprise storage from the ground up.
Following this success, we became founding members of The Ceph Foundation.
A further $34 million in series B equity funding allowed us to further optimise and expand our range of products, and a manufacturing grant provided by the Australian Federal Government resulted in the establishment of our second manufacturing facility in Sydney, Australia – the first commercial computing manufacturing facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere.