Feeds

Call off the hunt! Ex-Xio sales boss found in flash biz

Start-up SolidFire lures Glasgow

Application security programs and practises

The mystery of why Xio's storage head took a hike and where he went is solved: Mark Glasgow jumped ship to join flash start-up SolidFire, which, having got $21m in fresh funding, can afford to pay him.

SolidFire launched its clustered flash memory arrays in the summer, and they feature thin provisioning, compression and deduplication to help make the flash more affordable.

Xio Storage lost Mark Glasgow – its worldwide VP of Sales – just before John Beletic became its new CEO. There was speculation that Glasgow had been forced to fall on his sword to take responsibility for inadequate sales results. Not so. He saw a better opportunity in SolidFire and crossed over from Xio's Colorado Springs head office to SolidFire's Boulder building, where he will be the global sales VP and report to founder and CEO Dave Wright.

Wright said: “We began our Early Access Program this summer and the customer feedback has been extremely positive ... Our pipeline is growing, and Mark’s appointment will help us continue to respond to customer interest with a sales team that can support our growth."

On 25 October, SolidFire revealed it had gained $25m in a Series B funding round, taking total funding to $37m. Individual investors included Frank Slootman, former CEO of Data Domain, David Schneider, former worldwide sales VP at Data Domain, and Greg Papadopoulos, former VP and CTO of Sun Microsystems. That's three gamblers investors putting money where their confidence is.

Funds will be used for expansion of the sales and marketing departments to support growing customer demand for the company's all-SSD systems in the cloud, and that brings us back to Mark Glasgow's appointment because he has to build the sales part of that. Some of the funds will be used for product development.

The basic node is a 3010 unit in a 5U enclosure containing two 6-core Xeons and 10 x 300GB 2.5-inch SSDs. It delivers 250,000 IOPS and nodes are aggregated in a cluster. Four nodes deliver a million IOPS and 20 nodes provide 5 million IOPS. SolidFire is shaping up to be a strong competitor to Nimble Storage, TMS, Violin Memory and other networked flash array suppliers. ®

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives
Oracle's Linux boss says Larry's Linux isn't just for Oracle apps anymore
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.