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Infinidat valued at $1.6 billion, claims profitability

Enterprise storage company Infinidat announced that it has raised $95 million in Series C funding at a $1.6 billion post-money valuation. Goldman Sachs Private Equity led the round, and was joined by return backer TPG Growth.

Bottom line: This round puts Infinidat into the 2018 IPO conversation.

Why it matters: Conventional wisdom is that enterprise storage is on an unstoppable path to flash, but Infinidat has hit unicorn status with a hybrid box full of spinning disks.

Make the case: The company, which has offices in Israel and Massachusetts, argues that disk storage integration can prove cheaper and more effective than all-flash if subsystems are better optimized, and backs it up with claims of profitability and 13 straight quarters of revenue growth. Oh, and Infinidat also was founded by Moshe Yanai, who led development of EMC's Symmetrix products.

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