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SolidFire CEO Dave Wright has left NetApp

Posted by Admin | April 24, 2017 | Telecoms

CTO Val Bercovici has bailed too

SolidFire CEO Dave Wright has left NetApp, less than eighteen months after the storage company he founded was acquired by the big blue staple.

Wright was in place as recently as March this year when he briefed El Regon NetApp’s hyper-converged appliance development project, which is based on SolidFire tech.

NetApp’s ex-CTO at SolidFire, Val Bercovici, confirmed to El Reg that Wright had left the company. We understand Wright is taking a much-deserved break with the family.

Wright founded a scale-out all-flash array startup SolidFire and turned it into a concern for which NetApp paid US$870m in December 2015. The SolidFire array was sold by NetApp alongside its E-Series and FAS all-flash arrays, with Wright becoming VP and GM of SolidFire within NetApp.

The E-Series flash arrays were focussed on speed, all-flash FAS on flash performance inside an ONTAP data management services environment, with SolidFire being for cloud service providers where characteristics like scale-out and its noisy neighbour-killing QoS made it attractive.

Before SolidFire, Wright was founder and CEO of Jungle Disk from 2007 to 2008, which developed cloud-based storage and backup, and then President of Jungle Disk after Rackspace bought it in October 2008. He left in December 2009 to found SolidFire. Prior to Jungle Disk he started up an engineering group at GameSpy in 1998. IGN Entertainment merhed with GameSpy in 2004 and he was Chief Architect for IGN. When Fox Interactive Media bought IGN in 2005 he worked on high level architecture and design for various Fox Interactive Media properties,

Wright studied Computer Science at Stanford University from 1997 to 1998.

SolidFire CTO Val Bercovici has also left NetApp, resigning this month to found a startup, Peritus.ai, aimed at using artificial intelligence in the automation of data centre support work flow activities. He has been at NetApp since 1998, becoming SolidFire CTO in February 2016. Peritus will officially launch next month.

Within NetApp the SolidFire engineers now face the possibility of being absorbed into the mainstream of NetApp development engineering; what’s known as the FAS array ONTAP mothership.

The Register‘s storage desk can see NetApp CEO George Kurian continuing to revamp NetApp leadership as he tightens up and re-tunes its ability to execute on his strategy for the company.

Wright is due to speak at the Boulder Startup week, May 15-19. He started up SolidFire in Boulder.

Source: theregister

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