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Starboard Storage Announces Three Executive Appointments: President, Vice President of Engineering, and Vice President of Customer Service
[January 09, 2013]

Starboard Storage Announces Three Executive Appointments: President, Vice President of Engineering, and Vice President of Customer Service

BROOMFIELD, Colo. --(Business Wire)--

Starboard Storage Systems, a provider of unified hybrid storage systems that simplify and consolidate NAS and SAN storage for midsize enterprises, today announced the appointment of three technology executives: Tom Major as president, Chris Alaimo as vice president of engineering, and Pat Petroskey as vice president of customer service. The new executives bring valuable industry experience that will further accelerate Starboard's rapid customer and channel acquisition, product roadmap delivery, and roll-out of best-in-class customer service programs.

Tom Major joined Starboard from Seagate Technology (News - Alert), where he was senior vice president of product management and business operations. Before Seagate, Major worked at LeftHand Networks as chief strategy officer reporting to Bill Chambers. Previous positions included vice president and general manager, Disk Business Unit, at StorageTek, and vice president of network storage marketing at HP, where he spent 21 years.

"This is a great time to join Starboard Storage and I am truly looking forward to everything we have planned in 2013," said Major. "I have been watching the company for a while and I was impressed with the technology, the storage expertise of the team, and the quick adoption from large numbers of customers that have already deployed the Starboard Storage systems into production."

Chris Alaimo has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. He joine Starboard from Tandberg Data, where he was senior director of engineering. Alaimo was co-founder of ProStor Systems (News - Alert), which was acquired by Tandberg Data and Imation in 2011. Before ProStor, Alaimo held a senior management position at Quantum.

"I am pleased to join the Starboard team and help contribute to its ongoing engineering and development efforts," said Alaimo. "Starboard's feature-rich hybrid storage products are changing the way enterprises are consolidating their storage today. Customers tell me that they are experiencing up to ten times the performance while reducing spinning disk counts by nearly 90 percent when consolidating their existing storage resources with Starboard Storage."

Pat Petroskey joined Starboard from Oracle (News - Alert), where she managed a team of 385 global support engineers as senior director, Systems Technology Support Center, SAN/NAS, including the Oracle ZFS 7000 unified storage and Oracle Pillar SAN systems. Before Oracle, she held senior-level positions at Sun Microsystems and StorageTek. Her career also includes tenures at SGI and Honeywell (News - Alert).

"I have participated in many customer calls at Starboard already and the feedback is very positive," said Petroskey. "They immediately see the difference that the Starboard flash-based appliances can make in their existing environments. Also, Starboard owns its unified hybrid storage intellectual properties versus other unified storage vendors that license file systems from Oracle ZFS. Starboard Storage customers can rely on us to develop, support, and enhance our Starboard OS quickly and responsively."

"This is an important step in the life our company as we are bringing on board top storage industry executives who are well-known for successfully building products and growing companies," said Bill Chambers, chief executive officer of Starboard Storage. "I welcome them to the team and I am glad to have such positive news at the beginning of the year. We made significant progress since the company was launched a year ago, and we will share more news in the upcoming weeks."

About Starboard Storage Systems

Starboard Storage helps midsize enterprises simplify data management by consolidating their storage into a single, easy-to-manage system. Our flash-enabled storage system combines SAN and NAS enterprise-class features, delivering solid-state-storage performance at the price of spinning disk. For more information, please visit, check out or follow Starboard Storage on Twitter (News - Alert):

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