Zadara Storage is a computer data storage company founded in 2011, with headquarters in Irvine, California. The company develops computer software that it markets as storage-as-a-service, which can be used for cloud or on-premises servers, a model sometimes called private cloud. The company also has a development office in Israel. Zadara Storage was founded in 2011 with $3 million in start-up funding. In 2012, the company introduced cloud-based storage to Amazon.coms public cloud customers. The storage was designed to be used as persistent storage in conjunction with Amazons Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). The company started by selling block data storage for storage area networks (SAN), and later added network attached storage (NAS) for cloud customers. In July 2012 the company completed a $7 million first funding round. In August 2013, Toshibas America Electronic Components (TAEC) division invested $3 million in the company. Reports indicated that as part of the investment, Toshibas disk drives would be used in Zadaras storage products. In 2014, Zadara Storage was named a Cool Vendor by informational technology advisory firm Gartner.