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Nirvanix Taps Zynga Exec as Its CEO

Chrapaty has been chairman of Nivanix since last November when Khosla Ventures became its lead investor

Zynga CIO Debra Chrapaty has been named CEO of cloud, on-premise and hybrid storage house Nirvanix.

Starting next month she'll replaces Dru Borden, who joined the company last year as strategy chief and was recently promoted. Borden will remain with Nirvanix as SVP of planning and development as well as a board member.

Chrapaty has been chairman of Nivanix since last November when Khosla Ventures became its lead investor. It is also backed by Intel and wants to take on Amazon and the analytics market.

Zynga was Amazon's biggest customer before Chrapaty had the company build out its own cloud.

She used to work at Cisco on collaboration and Microsoft on Windows Azure. She was also president and COO of E-Trade.

Nirvanix has raised $70 million to give the old guard a run for their money. Its other backers include Valhalla Partners, Mission Ventures and Windward Ventures.

Its customers include SMBs and Fortune 500 companies like IBM. It's focused on companies with a lot of unstructured data.

Chrapaty believes that "there is room for innovation in the enterprise storage market. "Nirvanix," she said, "is already ahead of the game and differentiating services and gaining traction against some of the storage goliaths. Having built and run some of the industry's largest cloud environments, I know the importance of secure, available, cost-efficient infrastructure and storage. Now we have the chance to build a truly differentiated cloud offering and pass that value on to our enterprise customers. That's exciting for me and, more important, for the industry."

Zynga, which wished her luck, hasn't been looking any too great lately.

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