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Dare We Say It? Commodity Storage Hardware + Open Source Software = simple?

SwiftStack brings a whole new level of simplicity to the data center.

We have streamlined the deployment, scaling and integration of OpenStack Swift with our product. We have partners who can provide tested, integrated, commodity hardware solutions that are plug and play. We have software partners who have answers for your use cases like backup, archive and filesharing. And we support many organizations building their next generation, data-intensive applications.

Why we started SwiftStack

When we started SwiftStack. We asked operators what they wanted out of the next generation of storage that they were considering. They told us – “First, enable us to use commodity storage hardware. And second, give us the ability to use open source software to power our data centers.”

The costs of being locked into a proprietary hardware and vendor stack are too high. At the same time, there are risks on boarding a white-box hardware. There are also costs associated with deploying an open source solution on their own.

We wanted to build a product that enabled our customers to provide a comprehensive storage solution for unstructured data. We do this with our software-defined storage platform – SwiftStack.

Leadership Team

Don Jaworski

CEO, SwiftStack

As CEO, he brings more than 30 years of product, engineering and executive management experience to SwiftStack and will leverage this expertise to chart the company’s continued growth strategy. His career includes past executive positions with NetApp, Brocade, CacheFlow Inc. (now BlueCoat) and Sun Microsystems (Oracle). In addition to serving as SwiftStack CEO, he is also an Advisor and Board Member for a number of early stage companies. Don received a B.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Joe Arnold

President and Chief Product Officer, SwiftStack

Joe founded SwiftStack to deploy high-scale, open-source cloud storage systems using OpenStack. He managed the first public OpenStack launch of Swift independent of Rackspace, and has subsequently deployed multiple large-scale cloud storage systems. He is currently building tools to deploy and manage OpenStack Swift with his firm, SwiftStack.

Anders Tjernlund

COO, SwiftStack

Anders Tjernlund is the COO and co-founder of SwiftStack, Inc.. Prior to co-founding SwiftStack, Anders was an EIR at El Dorado Ventures and worked and consulted for several companies in the web and enterprise infrastructure space, including Engine Yard, Eucalyptus Systems, Cloudera, Gear6 (now Violin Memory), Nimbula and Siperian (now Informatica) and Canonical.

John Dickinson

Director of Technology, SwiftStack
OpenStack Swift Project Technical Lead

John joined SwiftStack as Director of Technology coming from Rackspace where he worked on Rackspace Cloud Files and OpenStack Swift, the large-scale distributed object storage system which SwiftStack is built on. As the Project Technical Lead (PTL) for OpenStack Swift, John is also leading much of its community development efforts.

Darrell Bishop

Architect, SwiftStack
OpenStack Swift Core Team

Darrell is a co-founder and Architect at SwiftStack, Inc. Previously, as a Distinguished Engineer for Airwave Wireless (acquired by Aruba Networks), he developed enterprise network management and monitoring software for more than 10 years.

Orion Auld

VP Engineering, SwiftStack

Orion is VP of Engineering at SwiftStack, Inc.. Previously, he was Director of Engineering at SideReel, Inc., and before that, a Senior Agile Coach with Yahoo, Inc., where he helped engineering groups in Silicon Valley, Dallas, Orlando, Hong Kong, and Bangalore grapple with the process of building quality software. Orion has written software at companies such as Digital Chocolate, Idealab, and Convex Computer Corporation.

Dana Loof

VP Marketing, SwiftStack

Dana is VP of Marketing at SwiftStack, Inc. Previously, she has lead marketing teams for many Storage technology companies, including Kaminario, Pano Logic, Evault, Symantec, and Veritas. Dana has led and developed world-class brands, and driven startups to successful exits marketing security, storage, desktop virtualization and cloud technologies.

Gary Butler

Sr. Director Business Development, SwiftStack, Inc.

Gary is Sr. Director of Business Development at SwiftStack, Inc. Previously, he was senior manager of business development for cloud at Canonical, where he launched the OpenStack business plan in 2012 in conjunction with the launch of the OpenStack Foundation. Gary also worked in senior roles at Cray, Microsoft, and Jobster.

Board of Directors

Daniel Demmer

Dan Demmer has an extensive background in high­ growth enterprise software companies as President, COO, CFO and Board Membership. Prior to joining OpenView, he was President and CFO of Endeca Technologies which was acquired by Oracle in 2011. Dan is Operating Partner at OpenView Venture Partners. OpenView is the leading venture capital firm that singularly focuses on expansion stage enterprise software companies.

Navin Chaddha

Navin is responsible for the overall leadership of Mayfield Fund, and has made over 35 investments of which 12 have had IPOs and another 12 have been acquired. Notable investments include Akamai, Neopath Networks (Cisco Systems), StorSimple (Microsoft), and Zenprise (Citrix). Prior to Mayfield, Navin was founder and CTO of VXtreme which was acquired by Microsoft to become Windows Media, and served in various management roles at Microsoft after the acquisition. He was also co-founder of iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ IPO), CEO and founder of Rivio (acquired by CPA2Biz), and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mobius Venture Capital.
Navin holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, holds 35 patents, and serves on the advisory board of Stanford Engineering Venture Fund.

Ryan Floyd

Ryan is a founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures, and focuses on enterprise IT and web opportunities. Notable investments include Crowd Factory (Marketo), Appcelerator, Kidaro (Microsoft), and SandForce (LSI). Prior to founding Storm Ventures, Ryan directed the business development activities at E-TEK Dynamics where he focused on building strategic OEM and customer relationships until E-TEK merged with JDS Uniphase in 2000. Prior to joining E-TEK, Ryan was with Summit Partners, a private equity firm, where he focused primarily on IT, including Summit’s investment in E-TEK Dynamics in July 1997. Ryan received his B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Frank Lee

Frank Lee began his career in venture capital industry in 1997 at Vertex Management. In 2006, he joined UMC Capital and has been responsible for UMC Capital investments in the US. He is currently actively investing in storage, Cloud, mobile, Big Data and enterprise software markets.