SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nexenta, the leading provider of Software-Defined Storage (#SoftwareDefinedStorage) solutions, today announced the appointment of Tarkan Maner as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. An accomplished entrepreneur, executive leader, investor, advisor and philanthropist, Maner brings over 20 years of experience working with disruptive and revolutionary technology solutions that lead to better living in a better world. Maner succeeds Mark Lockareff who has served as Nexenta’s interim CEO since February 2013.
“I am honored and delighted to join the Nexenta family, the leading market-disrupting software-defined storage company with a super passionate team, loyal customers and inspired partners. I look forward to working with our extended global team to bring the most innovative solutions and unmatched quality experience and success to our customers and partners all around the world,” said Maner.
“Today Nexenta takes a major step forward building upon our leadership of a category we pioneered: software–defined storage. Tarkan Maner is the right leader to take Nexenta and software-defined storage to the next level. He is one of the most proven, dynamic, and visionary leaders in building companies delivering critical technology for enterprises, service providers and governments world-wide. His recent success in transforming Wyse into a market leading company bodes well as we look to accelerate the growth of our business under his leadership,” said Evan Powell (@epowell101), Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Nexenta. "Mark Lockareff (@lockareff) did a wonderful job for Nexenta during his time as interim CEO, from closing our Series D round of financing to overseeing continued product innovations, as well as strengthening our key alliances with VMware, Dell and Cisco. We thank him for his distinguished service and welcome him to our Board of Advisors."
Maner brings to Nexenta an impressive resume of experience with leading technology companies, as a global executive operator as well as an investor and advisor. His operational and investment areas of focus include infrastructure software, social media, mobility, virtualization, converged infrastructures, contextual intelligence and cloud computing. He had leading executive roles at Dell, Wyse, CA, IBM, Quest, and Sterling Software. He is the founding chairman of TechAmerica’s cloud computing commission. He has been serving on the boards of the Bay Area Council, World Economic Forum's Cyber-Security Alliance, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a coalition of senior executives to improve the quality of life for all citizens of the region and the world through its advocacy around public and private policy issues, from the mecca of innovation and progress; Silicon Valley. He is involved in leading, advising and fund-raising for several global not-for-profit organizations and programs around economic development, poverty elimination, entrepreneurship, education and social justice including; Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship, Strategic Growth and Innovation Programs, Americas Society/Council of Americas (AS/COA), MIT’s Collaborative Infrastructure Initiatives, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Project Skolkovo (Russia), and eLearning Africa. He has been an advisor to several IT start-up companies and boards. He is the winner of the 2012 and the lead judge of the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Programs in California and a frequent speaker, commentator and author on current business, economic and social issues in the media and academic circles. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey with a B.S. degree in Engineering Management. He received an MBA degree at Midwestern State University in Texas. He also attended Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Nexenta invites everyone at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco to visit the Nexenta booth #2337 where the company will be showcasing its recently launched Nexenta VSA for VMware Horizon ViewTM, software-defined storage for VMware Horizon View which includes application-defined storage acceleration. (Nexenta VSA for VMware Horizon View will also be featured in VMware’s tech session #EUC5708). Nexenta will be present at various events at VMworld 2013, including at #plusultravmworld2013 event at St. Regis Hotel’s Yerba Buena Terrace across from the Moscone Center on Wednesday, 8/28/13 at 5 pm.
Nexenta is the global leader in Software-Defined Storage. Its flagship software platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage solutions. Built upon an “open platform” and running on a broad choice of industry-standard hardware, NexentaStor eliminates vendor lock-in and provides open, secure and scalable unified storage management at significantly lower total cost than legacy systems. Nexenta’s global partners include @Dell, @Cisco, @VMware, and other leading IT leaders.
More information about Nexenta, and free trials of Nexenta solutions, can be found at www.nexenta.com. Partners selling NexentaStor-based storage solutions can be found at: http://www.nexenta.com/corp/store/resellers-search.