Chris Lynch, CEO, Acopia

“STAR has patience, integrity, operational experience, and tangible networks. Key qualities when looking for a funding partner.”

– Chris Lynch, CEO, Acopia


Acopia Networks was established in 2002 by networking and data storage experts with the goal of simplifying file storage management by transforming the role of the network. Anticipating the rapid expansion of network attached devices and applications in the data center, these visionaries recognized that an intelligent network could dramatically improve file management and network performance by automatically allocating the right resources, at the right time.

The platform provides automatic, policy-driven data migration, tiering, load balancing and replication across multi-vendor storage environments. By better managing the growth, complexity and cost of file-based information, Acopia customers are reducing management overhead and accelerating business workflow.

Since releasing its first products in 2004 Acopia`s products have been embraced by companies around the world, including Merrill Lynch, Warner Music Group, Toshiba, Raytheon, Goldman Sachs, Yahoo! and many others.

STAR Ventures led Series B financing in April 2003. Other investors included Charles River Ventures, Accel, and St. Paul. In August 2007, Acopia was acquired by F5 Networks for $210M.