When a company scores $250 million - as Cohehsity has - for a grand total of $410 million raised, one has to wonder what all the hoopla is about, especially given some of the spectacular flameouts we\u2019ve seen over the years.\nBut Cohesity isn\u2019t vapor; it\u2019s shipping a product that it claims helps solve a problem that has plagued enterprises forever: data siloing.\nFounded in 2013 and led by Nutanix co-founder Mohit Aron, Cohesity just racked up a $250 million investment led by SoftBank Group\u2019s Vision Fund, which includes funding from Cisco Investments, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, and Sequoia Capital. Those are some big names, to say the least.\n\nWhat Cohesity's product does\nCohesity provides a unified view and access into corporate data by converging secondary data, such as system backups and analytics, and connecting these across the public cloud, private cloud, or storage hardware into one unified view. The company said secondary data accounts for up to 80 percent of total enterprise data.\n\u201cThat secondary storage is fragmented, sprawling across many markets,\u201d said Cohesity CMO Lynn Lucas. \u201cIt\u2019s highly inefficient. CIOs don\u2019t know what they have, just that they have lots of copies of it.\u201d\nStorage tends to be used as an all-encompassing word, but it entails many disparate functions, such as backup and recovery, media and data servers, and their backup servers, targeted storage such as tape archives, and deliberate duplications, such as test beds for application development testing.\nLucas notes that a typical data center has five vendors just for backup. Throw in master and media servers, backup servers, and tape archive, and you have multiple silos from multiple vendors that don\u2019t see each other, let alone the cloud because most were built well before the advent of the cloud.\n\u201cNo one ever took a step back and said, \u2018What\u2019s a different way to do this?\u2019 Why do we have to have so many copies of data, and different systems for IT teams?\u201d said Lucas.\nCohesity system works in existing data centers\nCohesity claims it can install its distributed file system into today's existing data center environment and integrate into the existing infrastructure, so their customers don\u2019t have to rip and replace. Customers can keep their software and when they do backups, point that software to Cohesity and all of the other systems see it. Or if they can replace all of their individual software UIs with one integrated platform.\nCohesity has been shipping production software for two years and are on the 6.0 generation.\nIt says the overall secondary storage market is a potential $60 billion, all of which it can reach since it covers the whole span of secondary storage. So it has the potential to reach many markets and customers.\nThe investment money will be used to help fund further global expansion. Cohesity says it has more than 200 enterprise customers.