SolidFire Hires Former Skype Executive as Vice President of Engineering

Industry Veteran Daniel Berg to Lead SolidFire's Engineering Efforts

BOULDER, Colo., May 15, 2012

SolidFire, a provider of all-solid-state (SSD) primary storage systems for cloud service providers, announced today that Daniel Berg has joined the company as vice president of engineering. In his new role, Berg will be responsible for engineering, development and quality for the SolidFire storage product line.

Berg joins SolidFire from Avaya where he served as vice president of research and development. Prior to Avaya, he was chief technology officer and head of research and development at Skype, where he was responsible for the development of Skype's full range of technologies and products. Before Skype, Berg spent 15 years at Sun Microsystems as vice president of engineering and distinguished engineer. He also held positions at IBM and Honeywell, as well as a few technology startups. Berg has also authored a number of books and papers detailing Java technologies, concurrent programming and development methodologies and architecture.

"Daniel's experience building some of the world's largest and most complex distributed systems was very appealing to us here at SolidFire," said Dave Wright, SolidFire founder and CEO, who also wrote a blog post (LINK) on this new executive appointment. "While the Skype platform may seem different than a primary storage system, it represents the type of scale-out, fault-tolerant technology that exists at the core of true cloud architectures such as SolidFire. Daniel brings a lot of experience to the table and is a great addition to our team."

"The passion that I see here at SolidFire reminds me of my Skype days," said Berg. "Although a different technology, Skype's large-scale distributed system principles correlate directly to the primary storage challenges in the cloud that we are solving here at SolidFire. I am looking forward to connecting with SolidFire's Early Access participants and helping them differentiate and enhance their service offerings with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS). "

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