Leading scale-out cloud storage provider hires open source and enterprise software veteran to expand marketing and community initiatives
Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 10, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced John Kreisa as the company’s new vice president of marketing. As a seasoned enterprise software marketing executive with an extensive background in the open source community, Kreisa brings more than 20 years of experience in building and leading teams in high-growth organizations like Cloudera, MarkLogic and Business Objects. Kreisa will be responsible for overseeing the company’s overall marketing initiatives, corporate communications, direct marketing and open source community.
“Gluster continues to accelerate its commercial market growth and also has an extremely active community that is invaluable in terms of its insight and support. John is ideal for our team, as he combines a strong understanding of open source communities and big data with equally deep expertise in the commercial realm,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO of Gluster. “His involvement will be extremely valuable in helping Gluster further educate the market, expand our industry involvement, and help us successfully grow our business.”
Kreisa joins Gluster having previously worked at Cloudera, the leading provider of Hadoop-based software and services, where he was vice president of marketing. During his time there, Kreisa managed all corporate marketing activity including communications, social media and product marketing, and managed an aggressive community outreach program through user group sponsorship, community events and speaking activity. He also organized the company’s largest community-focused event, Hadoop World 2010, which doubled in attendance from the previous year. Prior to joining Cloudera, Kreisa worked at MarkLogic, an XML database provider, as director of product marketing and directory of industry solutions. Throughout his career, Kreisa has held various marketing roles at enterprise software companies including Verix, Inc., Business Objects and Autometric, Inc. He earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Texas, Austin.
“This is a fantastic time to join Gluster as major market drivers including the explosion of data, the move to the cloud and the big data revolution are driving the need for a radically different approach to storage—one that Gluster is uniquely positioned to deliver. Add that to Gluster’s loyal open source community, and you’ve got an incredible opportunity to make a big impact on the industry,” said Kreisa. “I look forward to using my experience to expand Gluster’s presence and further develop its open source community.”
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Gluster’s software-only solutions let enterprises deploy storage the same way they deploy computing today–as a virtualized, commoditized, and scale-on-demand pool, radically improving storage economics. Combined with the customer’s choice of commodity computing and storage resources, Gluster can scale-out to petabytes of capacity and GB/s of throughput at a fraction of the cost of proprietary systems. Gluster ensures high availability with n-way replication both within and between public and private data centers. Gluster is deployable both on-premise (as a virtual appliance or bare-metal software appliance) and in public clouds such as Amazon Web Services. Gluster is the primary author and maintainer of the open-source GlusterFS software, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times.
Gluster is the leading provider of open source storage solutions for public, private and hybrid clouds. Over 150 enterprises worldwide have used Gluster in commercial deployments ranging from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes, across the most demanding applications in digital media delivery, healthcare, Internet, energy and biotech. Gluster is privately-held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Visit us at www.gluster.com.
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