Riverbed, an IT performance company, announced the
appointment of Ray Villeneuve as general manager of the cloud storage
acceleration business unit. This newly formed business unit will focus on
pursuing long-term growth initiatives for the Riverbed Whitewater storage
As the general manager, Villeneuve will have direct
responsibility for all strategic and operational activities, including sales,
product development, services, marketing and channel development, with an
emphasis on activities aimed at growing worldwide sales.
Ray brings with him a robust storage background, having
worked as an executive at NetApp and Auspex, and having been CEO of several
storage start-ups. His strong and successful management background shows a
proven track record of being results-oriented, and most importantly
customer-focused,” said Jerry Kennelly, president and CEO, Riverbed.
Riverbed has always put the needs of our customers
first, which has led to innovative product developments that directly address
ever-changing IT requirements. We’ve laid a solid foundation for the Whitewater
business and look forward to the contributions Ray will make to take this
business unit to the next level,” Kennelly added.
Prior to joining Riverbed, Villeneuve held the CEO and
President positions at several technology startups, including Liaise, a Silicon
Valley company founded with the goal of helping people work faster, smarter and
more easily with others by offering a business interaction management solution,
and MonoSphere, the creator of storage capacity management software application
for enterprise data centers.
Prior to this, Villeneuve was the vice president of
marketing at NetApp, where he helped to create that company’s growth strategy
and execute worldwide enterprise account penetration.
The cloud storage acceleration business unit within
Riverbed will focus on product development, marketing strategy, and
go-to-market execution for the Whitewater gateway solution.
With Whitewater, organizations have a fast, secure and
cost-efficient solution to seamlessly move backup data offsite to public cloud
storage environments. Whitewater connects directly to the industry’s most
popular backup/restore software tools as well as the leading cloud service
provider application programming interfaces (APIs).
It securely accelerates backup and recovery operations,
deduplicates and compresses data to reduce storage costs in the cloud and
installs quickly without requiring changes to the existing backup
The broad ecosystem for Whitewater enables organizations
to flexibly transition between major cloud storage providers, should
Riverbed has proven
to be an innovation leader over the years. The introduction of the Whitewater
storage gateway catapulted the company into a new market where optimizing data
protection while maintaining high performance is essential.
By Telecomlead.com Team