When VAST Data was founded, we set out to revolutionize enterprise infrastructure by delivering simplicity at scale — a universal solution for all your data. From that vision was born Universal Storage, a software platform that eliminates storage tiering and unleashes insights on vast reserves of data. After a few short years of industry-leading innovation, rapid global customer adoption, and massive company growth overall, we have done just that – reinventing the future of the enterprise infrastructure for the most data-intensive organizations and applications.

This vision starts at the top and it’s getting noticed. Today, we’re honored that Renen Hallak, our CEO and Founder, was named as one of Goldman Sachs’ Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2021 as part of its annual Builders + Innovators Summit this week in Healdsburg, California.

Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO, David M Solomon, said it best himself: “The leaders we’ve chosen to highlight at our Builders + Innovators Summit are truly remarkable, and we are pleased to recognize Renen Hallak, CEO and Founder of VAST Data as one of this year’s most intriguing entrepreneurs.”

When you’re innovating and working hard, the right people will notice – and Goldman Sachs did just that, not once, but recognizing Renen with the honor for the third consecutive year. And this time around, there was even more to celebrate.

For VAST Data, 2021 has been another year of incredible growth and making waves in the industry. This includes closing our Series D funding at a $3.7B valuation – a tripling in one year – which adds to VAST’s previous funding round investments to create a massively strong balance sheet that is only solidifying VAST’s position as the next great independent infrastructure company.

And on the technology innovation side, it also includes reinventing the storage model, removing ourselves from the hardware business and into the software business with Gemini, the new storage business model reinvented for savings, simplicity, and choice.

Breakthrough, disruptive innovation is a core tenet to who we are at VAST Data–we’re challenging the status quo and aren’t afraid to push boundaries. We focus on diversity of thought from the experienced to the inexperienced, those that bring a first principles approach to solving new–and old–problems by questioning every assumption you think you know.

Solomon confirmed this thinking stating: “Innovation doesn’t happen just anywhere; it thrives where there’s a wide range of thoughts and perspectives. One of our great strengths is our ability to bring together people from different walks of life and to spark conversations today that will lead to breakthroughs tomorrow.”

The best part of it all? We’re just getting started. There is so much more still to come as the company looks to extend beyond the classical boundaries of data storage and redefine how organizations compute, infer and train AI models.

Our CEO preaches every day that data is an organization’s No. 1 asset and we’re very proud to be transforming the way that our customers protect and manage that data every single day. Thank you Goldman Sachs for recognizing our truly exceptional entrepreneur.

To learn more about VAST Data watch this video with Renen and his discussion with Daniel Newman where they talk about the need of Universal Storage in the modern data center.