By Alex Fees
St. Louis (KSDK) - Evtron is a server manufacturer that deals in the storage end of the information technology industry.
Think cloud computing. The 3-year-old company has developed a storage platform capable of storing massive amounts of data more efficiently than anyone else in the industry.
That's according to company founder Andrew Mayhall. And he's 19-years-old.
"We haven't set it yet," said Mayhall, talking about a possible world record. "But using our technology we've extrapolated the data which should allow us to set that world record for data density.
Mayhall explained from their downtown St. Louis offices, located in the T-Rex Incubator in the Railway Exchange Building.
"Eventually I came up with a design that stored 120 hard drives in a four-unit servicer box."
It's a big deal. Mayhall confirmed.
"That's a big deal. No one has been able to achieve that density before. The maximum right now is 45 hard drives in that same four-unit box."
On October 3, Mayhall and his colleagues launched Evtron at DEMO, a start-up launch platform in Santa Clara, debuting their technology and what Mayhall refers to as their "leaps forward."
"And everyone loved us. It was immediate success. There's not too many enterprise companies that debut at DEMO, so that was rare. And for us to come down with record-setting technology, it just really started exploding everywhere."
Their product is the Evtron Cell.
"So the Evtron Cell is a storage platform designed to scale beyond one petabyte. And one petabyte is essentially equating to over 60,000 iPads in storage capacities."
Mayhall said a lot of software has been launched from St. Louis, but Evtron's product is hardware.
"One of our largest problems we had to overcome was competing with larger companies in the industry. They're able to produce this stuff so much more efficient than we were. So I ended up forming close relationships with manufacturing companies throughout St. Louis to allow us to be able to achieve the price points we needed to hit to produce our technology at an affordable rate. And I can say we can produce it even cheaper than the big guys now," he said.
You've heard of Silicone Valley. Could St. Louis become "Storage City?"
"I like to think of St. Louis as a primordial soup," said Mayhall. "It's capable of starting a bunch of different life in start-up areas. There's been a lot of software coming out of here. But hardware is a different game altogether. We're a hardware company; no one knew what to do with us. So we had to make it ourselves."
Evtron has attracted the attention of Facebook, but Mayhall wants to be clear about that relationship.
"There's been some rumors spreading about Facebook potentially wanting to buy Evtron," he said. "That's not true. Today was the first day we really found out about it. We've been in talks with Facebook, just generally. They've shown some interest in our technology, friendly conversation. They're an ideal client for us. But there's no business relationship with us at this time."
Evtron is Mayhall's baby. He says it is completely self-funded, to the tune of $60,000 over three years.
"I don't really ever want to sell this," said Mayhall. "My goal is to build this into a company, an organization that really stands for something more than just making a bunch of money. Ultimately every business wants to make money, but I want to change the way we do things, starting with technology."
Mayhall said one issue with the developing cloud storage technology is that the companies that are manufacturing the infrastructure are having trouble keeping up.
"Everything has been incremental updates, incremental advances on technology," he said. "There's nothing been revolutionary to come in and change the landscape.
Mayhall hopes Evtron can provide that revolutionary development.