April 11, 2012
Michael Wall Appointed Executive Chairman of Amplidata Board of Directors
REDWOOD CITY, CA AND LOCHRISTI, BELGIUM 11th April 2012 – Amplidata, innovator in unbreakable object-based storage technology, today announced that it has appointed current board member Michael Wall as executive chairman of its board of directors. In this role, Wall will advise senior management on growth strategies and help accelerate Amplidata's business worldwide.
Wall, a founding member of the management team that developed Intel Corporation’s storage division, has over 30 years of industry leadership experience, including 14 years specifically in storage. His previous roles include president and CEO at Atempo.
Wim De Wispelaere, co-founder and CEO of Amplidata, says “Mike is an industry veteran and has impressive experience in the storage industry at a global scale. We will greatly benefit from his continued expertise and guidance as we strengthen Amplidata’s position as a leader in storage technology innovation."
Commenting on his appointment, Wall adds, "I am delighted to accept a more active role with Amplidata. Legacy RAID based storage systems are incapable of maintaining necessary levels of data resiliency and performance to support 21st century Big Data applications. Amplidata is clearly changing the way big unstructured data is stored and it is one of the most innovative players currently in this market. "
Amplidata's board members also include:
• Kristof De Splegeleer, founder of Amplidata,
• Wim De Wispelaere, founder and CEO
• Dominique Pitteloud, partner at Endeavour Vision
• Frank Maene, managing partner at Big Bang Ventures.
Wall holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as a Masters of Management Sciences from Averill Harriman College for Urban and Policy Sciences, at SUNY Stony Brook.
Amplidata launched AmpliStor, an Optimized Object Storage solution for big data in 2008 after a team of storage veterans had researched and develop the BitSpread technology over several years. The technology provides the highest storage reliability and performance at the lowest possible cost. AmpliStor scales beyond petabytes and requires 50-70 percent less storage capacity to protect data compared to traditional solutions.
The Amplidata team consists of storage experts who also helped to build the success of DataCenter Technologies, Dedigate and Q-layer. The development team is responsible for patent-pending distributed storage innovations.
Amplidata is a privately funded company that has received investments from Endeavour Vision, Big Bang Ventures, Swisscom Ventures and Intel Capital. Operational headquarters are in Lochristi, Belgium. US Headquarters are in Redwood City. Sales and support are represented in a number of countries in Europe, North America and Asia. More information can be found at www.amplidata.com.
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