SolidFire’s unique approach to scale-out all-SSD storage for cloud environments involves different engineering challenges than those confronted by traditional storage systems. Rather than focusing on ASICs, buses, and RAID firmware, SolidFire is solving difficult distributed systems problems dealing with scale, latency, reliability, and quality of service. The magnitude of this challenge requires us to continually add new talent with experience in this area. We’ve added more than a dozen great people to the team so far this year. One recent hire I’d like to highlight is our new Vice President of Engineering, Dan Berg.

 

In addition to his skills as a leader and manager for our engineering team, Dan has a long history of building the type of complex distributed systems that SolidFire delivers. After a 15 year career at Sun Microsystems, which concluded as VP of Systems Engineering and Distinguished Engineer, Dan served as CTO of Skype in Europe. At Skype Dan helped grow the engineering team and significantly broaden their product offerings while increasing platform scale and stability. Following his return to Colorado from Europe, Dan most recently ran R&D for Avaya in the US.

 

While a P2P VOIP platform like Skype may seem very different from a primary storage system, it represents exactly the type of scale-out, fault-tolerant distributed system at the core of true cloud architectures like SolidFire. Cloud computing is changing not just how IT is deployed, but fundamentally how the underlying infrastructure is built.

 

I’m pleased to welcome Dan Berg as well as all our other recent hires to the team. If you’re excited about the work SolidFire is doing to advance the way the world is using the cloud, I’d encourage you to bookmark our Careers Page and check it regularly!

Dave Wright

Dave Wright, SolidFire CEO and founder, left Stanford in 1998 to help start GameSpy Industries, a leader in online videogame media, technology, and software. GameSpy merged with IGN Entertainment in 2004 and Dave served as Chief Architect for IGN and led technology integration with FIM / MySpace after IGN was acquired by NewsCorp in 2005. In 2007 Dave founded Jungle Disk, a pioneer and early leader in cloud-based storage and backup solutions for consumers and businesses. Jungle Disk was acquired by leading cloud provider Rackspace in 2008 and Dave worked closely with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of customers. In December 2009 Dave left Rackspace to start SolidFire.