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CloudByte Hires New CEO

Greg Goelz replaces CloudByte founder and initial CEO Srivibhavan Balaram

CloudByte, the little start-up whose software-defined, software-only ElastiStor widgetry guarantees cloud service providers (CSPs) quality of service (QoS) to every application from a shared storage platform, has hired former SanDisk general manager Greg Goelz as its new CEO.

He replaces CloudByte founder and initial CEO Srivibhavan Balaram, who will lead the company’s Asia-Pacific and European business operations as chief operations officer.

Goelz, who ran SanDisk’s Enterprise Storage Solutions (ESS) business unit, has a track record building worldwide teams and strategic partnerships as well as growing revenues for data storage companies like Iomega and Conner Peripherals.

He joined SanDisk via its Pliant Technology acquisition and was instrumental in the sale and successful integration of Pliant’s enterprise solid-state technology. While at SanDisk, he also led the acquisition and integration of FlashSoft and Schooner Information Technology into ESS.

He said he means “to build on the early successes the company has achieved, leveraging my industry relationships to help CloudByte grow.”

CloudByte’s ElastiStor is supposed to let cloud service providers economically host performance-sensitive enterprise applications and offer new services.

With its on-demand performance provisioning, service providers can scale to thousands of applications and reportedly meet the most challenging performance demands.

With its patented TSM architecture, ElastiStor is specifically designed for hosting multiple disparate workloads on a single system and resolves the famous noisy neighbor issue. It also provides all the standard storage features that CSPs need.

Since its software can be installed on standard servers – turning them into all-flash or hybrid appliances – CloudByte figures it frees CSPs from proprietary lock-in, eliminating large upfront and ongoing investments.

CloudByte is building the next generation of storage virtualization solution. It claims the solution is disruptive and will change the way storage is deployed and consumed in the cloud – both private and public.

The two-year-old company is backed by a $2.1 million A round from Nexus Venture Partners and KAE Capital.

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