SOURCE: Virident Systems

July 09, 2013 07:00 ET

Virident Hires Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Software Development to Continue Its Investment in New Product Development

Former SanDisk and Xyratex Executives to Build on the Company's Server-Side Flash Storage Platform

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2013) - Virident Systems Inc., the performance leader in flash-based storage-class memory (SCM) solutions, today announced the appointment of Mark Delsman, as the company's new vice president of engineering. Rick Rasmussen was also welcomed to the company as the new vice president of software development. Delsman brings a proven track record of leadership with strong operational and management capabilities, and will be responsible for engineering and development across all teams. Rasmussen will lead the software product development team and will report directly to Delsman.

"Virident's proven hardware performance and FlashMAX Connect software set us apart from others in the PCIe flash space," said Vijay Karamcheti, chief technology officer and co-founder of Virident. "Both Mark and Rick bring valuable expertise from storage software and networking that will enable the company to move forward in a strategic and innovative way."

Prior to Virident, Delsman grew and developed the enterprise SSD engineering organization at SanDisk for more than three years, growing revenue by more than 10 times and shipping four of the top seven Tier 1 OEMs. He was responsible for leading the organization for the line of enterprise SSD/SSA devices (SLC and MLC) including the teams driving ASIC, firmware, device drivers and management software, hardware, test and manufacturing test process development. Delsman has valuable experience managing and leading across geographic development teams and opened two additional engineering sites in Longmont, Colo., and Bangalore, India, while at SanDisk.

Rasmussen was most recently the vice president of development for the ClusterStor (HPC & Big Data) division at Xyratex International. He was responsible for the delivery of all products for the group, including scalable distributed file systems, management software and other storage technologies. Prior to this role, Rasmussen was responsible for all software delivery for multiple business units. Before Xyratex, Rasmussen was at Symantec working on CommandCentral Storage and Veritas Enterprise Administrator. He was also a founding engineer at Invio developing automated storage provisioning solutions. Veritas acquired Invio in 2004.

"We plan to invest heavily in new software capabilities so our server-side flash storage solutions will be a strategic platform for the enterprise datacenter of the future," said Mike Gustafson, Virident CEO. "With proven leadership in operations, management and software delivery, Mark and Rick have the experience needed to take our software strategy to the next level."

About Virident Systems
Virident Systems is a leading provider of enterprise-class Storage Class Memory (SCM) solutions that deliver unconditional, consistent performance to data-intensive applications. The inherent advantage associated with this disruptive technology revolutionizes computing by speeding application response time and optimizing datacenter efficiency for new levels of ROI. Virident Systems is backed by strategic investors Intel®, Cisco® Systems, Seagate and a storage solutions provider, as well as Hercules Technology Growth Capital and venture investors Artiman Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Globespan Capital Partners, and Mitsui Global Investments. For more information, visit

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