Gridstore Names Former EMC and Nexsan Executive George Symons as Chief Executive Officer
Industry Luminary to Lead Next Stage of Growth as Demand for New Optimized Storage Solutions is Fueled by the Needs of Big Data, Cloud and Virtualization
Mountain View, Calif. – April 16, 2013 – Gridstore™, a leading provider of optimized storage solutions, today announced that it has named George Symons as its CEO and Member of the Board of Directors. The storage industry veteran brings over 25 years in growing successful storage businesses in the Fortune 500 and emerging technology sectors. Gridstore founder, Kelly Murphy will serve as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and will remain on the board as the company continues to innovate and deliver a new generation of storage solutions for the mid-market.
“George has a proven track record in growing world-class enterprise storage businesses,” said Kelly Murphy, founder, Gridstore. “The board and our investors from GGV Capital, ONSET Ventures and NCB Ventures are excited George will be joining Gridstore as CEO, bringing his leadership to the company’s operations and also driving its innovation and growth.”
George Symons brings nearly three decades of leadership experience in both operational and strategic roles for highly successful storage businesses including EMC, Legato, Nexsan and Sun Microsystems. Symons comes to Gridstore from Nexsan Technologies, where he was Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for strategic relationships and planning for the company. Symons served at Nexsan through the company’s $120 million acquisition to Imation in January, 2013.
Before his tenure at Nexsan, Symons was Chief Operating Officer of XIO Storage where the company successfully executed a complete product and market transition. In addition, Symons served as the Chief Executive Officer of Yosemite Technologies and has held key executive management positions at EMC, Legato and Sun Microsystems. At EMC he was Chief Technology Officer of Information Management and was responsible for defining its product and technical strategy. Symons holds a BA in Management Science and Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
“Gridstore is a company that has a truly disruptive technology that is changing the landscape of how storage is deployed, managed and scaled and I am excited to lead the company as we execute on our next phase of product innovation and growth,” said George Symons, CEO, Gridstore. “The company has a dynamic storage platform, The Grid, that breaks the mold of legacy storage models to deliver a new generation of enterprise-class storage solutions that provide superior benefits and value for our customers and channel partners today and for the future.”
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Gridstore is a leading provider of optimized storage solutions that turn simple storage building blocks into the world’s most powerful and affordable storage without limits. Gridstore brings the era of mainframe-style monolithic storage and its disruptive forklift upgrades to an end. The Grid allows businesses to start small and pay as they grow to any size while growing more powerful with each additional block. We eliminate the frustrations of planning and forecasting for the unknown. No more headaches, no more disruption to the business. Now you can effortlessly give your organization the powerful storage it demands. Gridstore is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information, please visit: http://www.gridstore.com.
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