Nexenta Announces Expansion of Strategic Advisory Board; Appoints Several Industry Leaders to Strengthen its Global Leadership in Open Software-Defined Storage Solutions for Hybrid and Multi Clouds

SAN JOSE, Calif.—March 13, 2018 — Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), is pleased to announce growth to their Advisory Board, adding even more highly qualified individuals from both the public and private sector. Their backgrounds will add experience, depth, and knowledge to the Advisory Board, ranging from AI to Education.  

“We couldn’t ask for a better mix of people, knowledge and experiences to bring to the Nexenta Advisory Board,” Chairman and CEO Tarkan Maner notes "These individuals are making huge impacts on the modern world today and we can’t wait to see how they impact Nexenta’s continued growth in the Software-Defined Storage market”.

Current Advisory Board members include Sam Greenblatt, former CTO Dell EMC, Adrian Ionel, CEO of Mirantis, Shang Liang, CEO Rancher, and Mark Templeton, former CEO Citrix. The following individuals have been added to the Board:

Maryam Alexandrian, previous VP of Global Sales, Channels & Field Operations at Dell. Her time at Dell, and understanding of virtualization will serve as a great asset. Additionally, Maryam's overall background leading large enterprise sales team will lend great value to the Board.

Muhammed Chaudhry, former President & CEO at Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Before spending time as CEO at SVEF, Muhammed studied Executive Education at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

His work will benefit the Nexenta Advisory Board as he understands Education needs within the public sector. 

Joe Little, Principal Systems Architect for the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Joe been involved with Stanford’s IT for over 20 years, and was a top decision maker for Stanford’s early adoption of Nexenta. His experience guiding the IT for a world ranking private university brings great knowledge of the private sector to the Board.

Rob Painter, Managing Director at Razor’s Edge Ventures. Rob has been an early investor with Nexenta, and brings heavy knowledge of the public sector to the Board. He is also a Professional Staff member at The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University.

Francesco Paola, Chief Strategy Officer at Unitas Global. Francesco previously founded Solinea (now part of Unitas Global), a company dedicated to driving enterprise hybrid cloud solutions. His extensive mastery of digital transformation and transforming IT solutions will aid the Board as they help Nexenta make revolutionary industry progressions.  

Michael Raam, former CEO and President of Michael has several years experience working as an executive for many different Silicon Valley technology companies, bringing both expertise and great leadership to the Board.

Ramadurai Ramalingam, Managing Director & Product Engineering Head at Accenture. With his record at Accenture and his previous work as the VP & Global Head of Hi-Tech Verticals at Wipro, Ramadurai has a lot to offer the Board from an Enterprise Data Center perspective.

Boris Sofman, CEO & Co-Founder at Anki. Boris comes with extensive expertise in AI and Robotics. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in Robotics and went on to cofound Anki, with a goal of bringing artificial intelligence accessibility to everyone.

About Nexenta

Nexenta is the market creator and leader in Open Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) software solutions for Hybrid and Multi Cloud enterprise environments via Nexenta AnyCloud vision; with nearly 6,000 customers, 300 partners, 50 patents, and more than 2,000 petabytes of storage capacity under management; disrupting and democratizing one of the largest and most oligopolistic IT market segments nearing $100B in size by 2020. Nexenta uniquely integrates its hardware-agnostic software-only enterprise OpenSDS innovation with deep “open source” collaboration via some of the most active communities with 45,000+ members. Nexenta enables a wide variety of workloads from legacy enterprise to next-gen cloud-native apps, on any cloud platform, any protocol and any hardware infrastructure to power the largest and most cost/performant data centers globally. Nexenta OpenSDS solution portfolio is 100% software-based for both on and off premise settings. Nexenta provides organizations with Total Freedom protecting them against punitive legacy storage hardware vendor practices including, long term “vendor-lock-in”, “vendor-bait-n-switch”, and “vendor-rip-n-replace.” Beyond its industry-leading software innovation and multi-channel distribution, Nexenta also provides comprehensive enterprise-class support and services 24x7, globally.

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