December 08, 2009 09:00 ET

Gear6 Expands Leadership Team With Internet and Cloud Data Center Sales Executive

George Reitz, Long-Time VP of Sales at Rackable Systems, Joins Gear6 as Company Launches Memcached for the Cloud on Amazon EC2

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - Gear6, the leading provider of Memcached solutions, today announced the appointment of George Reitz as Vice President of Sales. Reitz joins Gear6 at a critical stage of growth, bringing a deep background in Internet and cloud data center sales, which aligns perfectly with the company's customer segments and today's launch of Gear6 Web Cache Server for Cloud (Editors: see "Gear6 Enables Cloud-Scale Apps on Amazon with Enhanced Memcached Service for the Cloud" at

Reitz previously served as Vice President of Sales at Rackable during its growth from $20 million to over $300 million in annual revenue, and more recently served as Vice President of Internet & Cloud Computing Sales at SGI. At Rackable, Reitz helped develop, launch and lead a sales strategy that produced more than 100 percent revenue growth year-over-year for six consecutive years. At Gear6, he will focus on delivering products, including cloud, software and appliance solutions, across a growing number of distribution channels.

"Gear6 has experienced tremendous product and customer growth over the last several quarters; we are engaged with a rapidly increasing number of dynamic web properties, helping them eliminate scale-out challenges in the data center and in the cloud," said Tom Shea, CEO of Gear6. "George's sales, Web 2.0 and cloud experience at Rackable, combined with an impressive record of delivering stellar revenue growth, will be invaluable to taking Gear6 to the next level."

In the last two quarters, Gear6 has delivered a full spectrum of deployment options for its Memcached distribution, including:

--  An integrated turnkey appliance where maximum density and one-stop
    support for hardware and software is desired;
--  A software download where choice of server platform (for new or
    repurposed hardware) is important; and
--  A cloud image where performance, utility and scaling of cloud-based
    applications and resources are essential.

Many direct and partner-hosted Gear6 customers, including fast growing web properties such as Glam Media,, and, have selected Gear6 Web Cache as their mission-critical distributed caching platform. The Gear6 Memcached distribution has been enhanced with enterprise capabilities for replication, clustering, optimized memory utilization, advanced media management and cache monitoring and reporting. The introduction of Gear6 Web Cache Server for the Cloud, the industry's first commercial Memcached service for cloud platforms, delivers dramatically higher memory efficiency and leverages newly introduced Amazon EC2 High-Memory Instances.

"In less than a year, Gear6 has established itself as the dominant commercial Memcached provider," said Reitz. "Gear6's ability to execute and its focus on deployment choice really set the company apart. I am excited about Gear6's market opportunity and look forward to contributing to the company's expanding footprint."

Gear6 Web Cache Server for the Cloud images are immediately available on Amazon EC2. For more information about the offer, visit To stay up-to-date on Memcached and Gear6, follow @g6memcached on Twitter.

About Gear6

Gear6 ( introduced the first mission critical software distribution for Memcached, enabling high-growth media, social networking and content aggregation web sites to deliver and scale dynamic applications and content. By focusing on the emerging need for a dedicated Web caching tier, Gear6 solutions dramatically improve the scalability of web applications and databases, while improving quality of service and reducing infrastructure cost. Gear6's flagship offering is Gear6 Web Cache, a Memcached protocol-compliant solution that enables web site developers and operators to scale web services and applications, to save money, rack space, power and time, to protect users and sites from failures and traffic spikes, and to manage all aspects of caching operations. Gear6 corporate headquarters are in Mountain View, California.

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