Feeds

Oh, a Wyse guy, eh? Why I oughta make you Nexenta's new CEO

Tarkan Maner is third big cheese in 2013 so far – and it's only August

Remote control for virtualized desktops

ZFS-storage software supplier Nexenta has changed its CEO for the second time in eight months, going for a popular exec from the ranks of IT's great and good: Tarkan Maner.

Nexenta, which provides the Open Solaris and ZFS-based NexentaStor software storage OS, positions itself as the software-only answer to vendors who fear the public cloud but don't want to be locked into storage hardware.

Maner was The Man at Wyse and CEO at that thin-client company when Dell bought it in April last year for an undisclosed amount of moolah, possibly up to half a billion dollars. Nexenta staff will hope some of that magic will rub off on them.

CEO and co-founder Evan Powell stepped aside to become chief strategy officer in February this year when Mark Lockareff was revealed as the new CEO as Nexenta closed a $24m D-round of funding.

Lockareff was pitched as a seasoned CEO; the company stated in a release: "Mark Lockareff will drive Nexenta’s next stage of growth as software-defined Storage rapidly changes the dynamics of the IT technology market."

It told us Lockareff "has led or invested in a number of enterprise infrastructure, software and internet companies during their key growth stages including: ParAccel, Agiliance, Softricity, Model N, Riverbed, Acopia, ProofPoint, and Facebook". There was obviously a lot of financial expertise there.

Tarkan Maner

New boss ... Tarkan Maner

Eight months in, Lockareff is thanked for his services and joins privately owned Nexenta's board of advisors – not, we note, its actual board of directors. Tarkan Maner also becomes chairman of Nexenta's board.

Lockareff is now described as having been an "interim" CEO, but that word wasn't mentioned when he was appointed eight months ago. He was also backslapped by Powell, who said: "We thank [Mark] for his distinguished service and welcome him to our board of advisors."

Nexenta faces challenges as mainstream storage array companies sing the praises of software-defined storage, thus bringing Nexenta's ZFS-based storage software into the same market fold as their software-defined storage offerings, with EMC and VMware leading the charge, and NetApp close behind. VMware is also attacking Nexenta's VSA offering with its recently-announced Virtual SAN. Tarkan will sure have a lot on his plate. Let's hope Nexenta has recruited a wise Wyse man. ®

Bootnote

Flash drive supplier STEC invested in Nexenta. With Western Digital buying STEC that means WD will become a Nexenta investor.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016
Flash WORM has a serious use for archived photos and videos
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.