Software-Defined Storage Newcomer Continues to Build Out Team Focused on Exceeding Customer Expectations and Achieving Leadership Position in a Fragmented Market
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – October 8, 2015 – Hedvig, the company with distributed systems DNA that is reinventing software-defined storage, today announced the expansion of its leadership team with the appointment of Matt Johnson as Vice President of Engineering, Phil Williams as Vice President of Business Development & Channels and Darrell Billings as Senior Director of Global Support. These three industry veterans bring proven track records of customer success from top-tier companies including NetApp, Dell and EMC and will contribute to Hedvig’s next stage of growth.
“Our team is thrilled to welcome Matt, Phil and Darrell to Hedvig,” said Avinash Lakshman, CEO of Hedvig. “Since our company debut in March 2015, customer demand for our technology has put us on a fast track for growth, and these new additions to the executive team are key during this rapid expansion. Matt, Phil and Darrell bring extensive experience from both established companies as well as startups in the storage space. They will help us scale, maintain a high quality experience for our customers, and continue to build the best software-defined storage platform on the market.”
Matt Johnson has been a senior engineering executive for 15 years, with almost five of those years recently leading the File Services teams at NetApp. His experience managing large teams and developing quality products is a natural fit for his new role as Vice President of Engineering at Hedvig where he’ll run product strategy and vision alongside CEO Avinash Lakshman. In addition, Johnson will focus on building on the engineering team’s collaborative culture and recruiting new talent at Hedvig as the company scales.
Phil Williams is uniquely qualified to further develop the partnership strategy for Hedvig, having 13 years of experience in building server, ISV and channel partnerships. Williams has helped traditional storage companies like Dell, NetApp and Kaminario, as well as software-focused companies such as DataCore, form strategic alliances to further their business development interests. As Vice President of Business Development & Channels at Hedvig, Williams will run global strategy for technology, reseller and distribution alliances.
Darrell Billings has 14 years of experience bringing support to IT and storage organizations. He helped build the support team at Data Domain before transitioning into a leadership role at EMC after the company was acquired. Having been in the support function at both traditional storage and software-defined storage organizations, Billings is well-equipped as Senior Director of Global Support to ensure Hedvig’s people, processes, and technology deliver the best possible experience for customers.
Hedvig’s highly-scalable software-defined storage solution offers an elastic, simple and flexible answer to modern storage. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is a software-defined offering capable of in-software provisioning of file, block and object storage with no compromise in performance. It scales incrementally by adding x86 or ARM servers with storage software that can be tailored to any workload and provisioned with a few clicks. With Hedvig, policy and provisioning processes that normally take hours, days or weeks now take just a few clicks and can even be performed from mobile devices. This combination of commodity infrastructure, advanced storage functions, and cloud-like provisioning results in modern storage that is 60% less expensive than traditional solutions.
For more information and a demonstration of how Hedvig is redefining software-defined storage, please visit http://www.hedviginc.com/get-started.
Hedvig is re-architecting software-defined storage. Hedvig accelerates data to value by collapsing disparate storage systems into a single platform, creating a virtualized pool that provisions storage with a few clicks, scales to petabytes and runs seamlessly in both private and public clouds. Built by software engineers of the world's largest and most successful distributed systems, Hedvig delivers modern storage for any enterprise compute environment running at any scale. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is unconstrained by traditional thinking and existing architectures, resulting in the only software-defined storage incorporating true distributed systems capabilities. Built to keep pace with scale-out applications and the velocity of change in today's business climate, the Hedvig platform gets better and smarter as the system scales, transforming commodity hardware into the most advanced storage solution available today. Customers such as DGC, Dovilo, Van Dijk and Paul Hastings LLP use the Hedvig platform to transform their storage from a box where data resides to a fundamental business enabler. www.hedviginc.com
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