EqualLogic Co-Founder Joins StorSimple Board of Directors
Paula Long Brings 20 Years of Experience to Leading Cloud Storage Startup
Santa Clara, Calif. – Feb. 1, 2011 – StorSimple, the leading provider of Windows optimized cloud storage technology, today announced the appointment of Paula Long to the StorSimple Board of Advisors. Long, who co-founded storage provider EqualLogic, brings a wealth of experience at growing companies by delivering innovative, market changing storage technology.
“Paula brings an incredible wealth of knowledge, exceptional success and industry experience to our Board,” said Ursheet Parikh, StorSimple CEO. “She built a company from the ground up and took it through a very successful acquisition. We have aggressive expectations for 2011 and beyond, and we look forward to leveraging her expertise to help us continue growing our business and penetrating the storage market with innovative hybrid cloud storage technologies aimed at Microsoft environments.”
Paula has held numerous technical leadership positions at a variety of technology companies. She has won several awards for Entrepreneurship, including New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the year award, the Ernst & Young’s 2008 Northeast Regional “Entrepreneur of the Year” and a National Finalist for the same award. Paula is currently the VP of Product Development at Heartland Robotics. Prior to Heartland Paula was Co-Founder and EVP of Products and Strategy at EqualLogic which was acquired by Dell for $1.4 billion in 2008. Paula remained at Dell as VP of Storage, focused on the EqualLogic Product Line until January of 2010.
Long joins the StorSimple Board of Advisors and Directors that includes notable industry names including Satish Dharmaraj of Redpoint Ventures, Mike Volpi & Bernard Dalle of Index Ventures, Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks, Navin Chaddha of Mayfield Fund and Richard Fade of Ignition Partners.
“Cloud computing is well known as one of the hottest technology topics of the last few years, and its potential to change the storage industry is just starting to be felt,” said Paula Long. “The StorSimple team has industry changing products that leverage the best of the cloud and on site storage. I look forward to working with them to build out their strategy and help the company continue on the path to success.”
StorSimple has developed an application-optimized hybrid cloud storage solution for Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, Windows Files Services, Virtual Machines, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure that delivers consistent storage performance at scale, significantly simplifies data protection, and reduces cost by up to 90 percent compared to traditional enterprise storage used with these applications. StorSimple is based in Silicon Valley and is funded by Ignition Partners, Index Ventures, Mayfield Fund, and Redpoint Ventures.
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