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Cohesity Layoffs 2020: Targeted Job Cuts At Cloud Data Protection Provider

Cloud data protection provider Cohesity has confirmed targeted layoffs that involved a "small percentage" of employees -- or "well under 100" people, according to Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The cuts come less than one month after Cohesity disclosed a $250 million Series E funding round. Cohesity’s valuation was $2.5 billion at the time of the funding, the company said in the April announcement.

Cohesity has been a fast-growing provider of cloud-centric data protection, backup and disaster recovery (BDR) and other software services that protect hybrid IT systems. Key rivals include DruvaRubrik and Veeam, among many others.

If Cohesity extends down-market into the SMB sector, additional rivals could involve MSP-friendly software and data protection companies like Acronis, Axcient, OpenText's Carbonite, and Datto, among many others.

On the partner front, Cohesity in October 2019 hired Bill Lipsin as its VP of global channel sales. And in January 2020, the company named Commvault veteran Martin Gibbons as its head of channel in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).

Cohesity Layoffs: Company Statement

Describing the recent job cuts, Cohesity offered this statement to the San Jose Business Journal:

"To manage through this time of economic uncertainty and volatility, Cohesity has taken steps to reduce our operating expenses. Unfortunately, as part of that effort, a small percentage of employees have been furloughed or are no longer with the company. This is not a decision the company takes lightly. We value contributions from each and every employee and regret that the pandemic has created this challenging period.

 Cohesity will continue to deliver best-in-class innovation and support to our customers and partners during and after the crisis. The company remains focused on spending investment dollars wisely to ensure fiscal responsibility and long-term success.”

Technology Industry: Targeted Layoffs

More than 300 startups have cut over 30,000 jobs since March 11, according to the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).

Multiple technology companies -- including startups and established businesses -- have confirmed layoffs this week. The cuts include headcount reductions at robotic process automation (RPM) software provider Automation Anywhere, and cybersecurity firm FireEye, among others.

Also, artificial intelligence startup Wave Computing Inc., a Santa Clara-based startup that had about 200 employees and a $600 million valuation when it last raised funds in 2018, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization this week, Silicon Valley Business Journal reports.

Related: Complete list of 2020 technology industry layoffs.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.