Wasabi closes $250 million in funding to usher in the future of cloud storage

David Friend, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer at Wasabi Technologies

Wasabi Technologies, the hot cloud storage company, announced it has achieved unicorn status following $250 million in new funding. Wasabi raised $125 million in Series D equity led by L2 Point Management with participation from Cedar Pine; an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management; and returning investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company and Forestay Capital, bringing the company’s valuation to over $1.1 billion.

Wasabi also expanded its debt facility with MGG Investment Group to $125m. Barclays acted as sole placement agent on the transaction. Wasabi provides affordable and highly reliable cloud data storage for businesses at 1/5th the cost of large hyperscale providers or on-premises storage, with no charges for egress or API requests and no complex tiering.

What is the market offering of Wasabi?

The company’s revenues more than doubled from 2020-2021, and Wasabi now has more than 40,000 customers in over 100 countries, 13,000 partners, 250+ global employees and 13 storage regions across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The new equity will drive expansion into additional vertical markets and geographies, enhance Wasabi’s channel partnerships, and scale the company’s go-to-market team and global brand strategies.

Meanwhile, the debt will be used to finance capital equipment and infrastructure in Wasabi Technologies’ storage regions around the world, and to invest in Wasabi’s technology capabilities to lay the groundwork for a new generation of cloud storage architecture.

In addition to the performance of Wasabi hot cloud storage, the company partners with over 350 tech firms, including most of the world’s leading backup, disaster recovery, and surveillance firms. Wasabi is used to store data across a wide range of industries, like professional sports, energy and natural resources, finance, surveillance, education, manufacturing, consumer tech, healthcare, scientific research, and media and entertainment.

“Closing a large up round in this environment speaks to the spectacular growth of Wasabi, the magnitude of the cloud storage opportunity, and our leadership as the industry’s largest pure-play cloud storage vendor,” said David Friend, co-founder & CEO, Wasabi Technologies.

“At Wasabi, we focus on just one thing: cloud storage. We do it better than anyone else in the industry. Because of this singular focus, our team has achieved best-in-class performance and security at the lowest prices in the industry,” said David Friend further commented.

What were the stakeholders’ thoughts on Wasabi?

Commenting on Wasabi Technologies, Sam Barnett, PhD, executive chairman of Cedar Pine said, “We are proud to partner with Wasabi to provide innovative solutions in cloud storage and security. The importance of Wasabi’s technology is increasing in every industry.”

Kerstin Dittmar, Managing Partner of lead investor L2 Point, will join Wasabi’s Board of Directors. “Wasabi provides a game-changing product that offers customers a simpler, faster, and significantly more economical solution to their cloud data storage needs,” said Dittmar.

“We believe this capital raise will allow Wasabi to continue to expand its offering across additional services and geographies to meet their global customers’ needs,” added Dittmar.

Commenting on Wasabi Technologies, Kevin Griffin, CEO of MGG Investment Group, also remarked, “We seek to partner with best-in-class entrepreneurs and companies and are excited to continue supporting Wasabi Technologies and their global expansion.”

“As our data needs continue to evolve, from player analytics, IoT, digital assets and even security, this presents an enormous learning opportunity for the organization,” said Brian Shield, senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer of the Boston Red Sox.

“Wasabi provides a cost-effective cloud-based solution that enables us to retrieve content quickly and improve the level of video analysis and production we do here at the Red Sox.”

To learn more about how Wasabi is storing the world’s data, visit wasabi.com.