Quobyte Sales Accelerate, Taps Industry Veterans for Global Expansion

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Santa Clara, CA Quobyte® Inc., a leading developer of hyperscale storage system software, announced today that it has attained 100% customer growth for the past year and another 150% sales growth from 4Q 2017 to 1Q 2018 — exiting this quarter with more business than all of 2017. Now deployed in production on 80 petabytes (PB) of storage, this exceptional growth was achieved through existing and new customer acquisitions in the High Performance Computing (HPC), Media & Entertainment (M&E), Research, and Financial sectors. To help capitalize on the increased sales momentum, Quobyte also announced the opening of their new United States headquarters and the appointments of industry veterans Victoria Koepnick as Vice President of Marketing; Mark Lawrence as Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Business Development; and Kim Gardner as Vice President of Sales and Business Development for EMEA.

“Our focus on bringing cloud scalability, agility, and cost-effectiveness to the enterprise and consistently delivering on that promise to existing and new customers has resulted in strong sustained sales growth this past year, while entering Q2 with our strongest and highest quality sales pipeline ever,” said Björn Kolbeck, Quobyte’s CEO and Co-Founder. “We’ve also opened a second headquarters in Silicon Valley and have expanded our sales and marketing team with the hiring of Victoria Koepnick, Mark Lawrence, and Kim Gardner to meet the ongoing global demand for our hyperscale storage system software. Their wide breadth of skills and experience in helping companies to successfully pioneer, cultivate, and establish new markets are the ideal match for the opportunities we see in HPC, M&E, Kubernetes and container infrastructure, and large-scale web services verticals.”

Ms. Koepnick brings to Quobyte more than two decades of experience in marketing enterprise storage technology for both global corporations and early-stage start-ups. Most recently at SanDisk, now Western Digital, she was responsible for marketing activities directed to In-Memory Computing, Real-time analytics, Big Data, and NoSQL database applications. Prior to SanDisk, Ms. Koepnick led the marketing efforts of IO Turbine resulting in an acquisition by Fusion-io. Her experience includes product marketing and strategic alliance roles at NetApp, as well as leading the communications and product marketing efforts at several successful start-ups resulting in acquisitions by IBM, Maxtor, and HDS. Ms. Koepnick received her BA in Pre-law, Finance, and Business Law from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Mr. Lawrence’s outstanding career spans 20 years in both business development and executive sales management positions. He was most recently the Vice President of Sales for Arkologic, a Silicon Valley based data storage company focused on delivering high performance, all silicon networked storage solutions optimized for multi-client access and data sharing. Mr. Lawrence was also the Vice President of Sales at sTec, which was acquired by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

Mr. Gardner’s stellar career spans over three decades in both the technical and sales fields. Early on, he honed his design engineering skills working for both the Denver Research Institute and the FMC – Armor Group, where he was the Senior Engineer in charge of Reactive Armor Design under DARPA. He then perfected his executive sales skills with positions ranging from Senior Director, EMEA Sales for sTec to Regional Sales Director, MENA for Network Appliance, and Vice President of Sales, EMEA for Scalent Systems. Mr. Gardner holds a B.S.M.E. from the University of Missouri – Rolla.

About Quobyte
Building on a decade of research and experience with the open-source distributed file system XtreemFS and from working on Google’s infrastructure, Quobyte delivers on the promise of software defined storage for the world’s most demanding application environments including High Performance Computing (HPC), Media & Entertainment (M&E), Life Sciences, Financial Services, and Electronic Design Automation (EDA). Quobyte uniquely leverages hyperscaler parallel distributed file system technologies to unify file, block, and object storage. This allows customers to easily replace storage silos with a single, scalable storage system — significantly saving manpower, money, and time spent on storage management. Quobyte allows companies to scale storage capacity and performance linearly on commodity hardware while eliminating the need to expand administrative staff through the software’s ability to self-monitor, self-maintain, and self-heal.

Please visit www.quobyte.com for more information.

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