Minneapolis startup SparkWeave launches private cloud + app platforms for the enterprise


SparkWeaveWith 15 months of planning and preparation behind them, a small yet savvy tech team has launched a new Minnesota startup called SparkWeave.

Their goal is two fold — to offer an enterprise private cloud storage platform in combination with a secure collaboration application suite — and their promise is to reduce storage costs while meeting data security requirements in a more simple manner than is currently available to most big companies.

“There’s a lot of moving parts to both private storage and the application layer,” says co founder and CEO Brent Bowlby. “We remove the mystery and complexity that many large organizations experience when making their migration, while offering the security and compliance they demand.”

SparkWeave architecture diagram

The SparkWeave virtual platform is hosted in the customer’s data center, completely independent from the physical storage hardware, thus autonomously providing scalability, availability, efficiency, control, security, and compliance. The SparkWeave collaboration suite of applications, which is hosted within the private cloud, delivers necessary functionality in a secure and compliant manner — both supporting employee devices and supplying their applications.  The four pre-integrated components currently include:

SparkWeave is the culmination of what Bowlby calls “the 20 year aha,” reflecting on his career work areas of backup, storage and archiving that date back to the early 90’s.  “Our vision is to be the most attractive private cloud option on the market, coupled with the necessary tools for usability and security. ”

The startup is already angel-backed, although it’s unclear to what degree. As head of sales, Robert Berg notes that “at this point, several fortune 100 companies from Minnesota and around the world have already began using and testing  SparkWeave.”  The “low hanging” target markets for SparkWeave’s solution are highly regulated industries like financial, legal and government.

“We’re a very channel centric organization in that we don’t have a direct sales force,” Berg says when asked about their growth strategy. “We’re focused right now on building out our network of value-added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs).”

“It’s not just what we have today, but that the platform can offer a lot of things of things down the road…we’ll have more announcements later this month when we present at RSA,” he says when asked what to expect next from SparkWeave.