SolidFire, an all-flash storage systems vendor, has announced international expansion into the Asia-Pacific region with the opening of a regional headquarters in Singapore. SolidFire’s regional office in Singapore will be led by Kris Day, the new Managing Director for Asia-Pacific.
Kris Day, an industry veteran with more than 10 years of experience in the storage industry both in the UK and Asia-Pacific, joined SolidFire in January 2014. Previously, he worked for a variety of companies among which HP and EMC.
“Singapore’s robust infrastructure and strong connectivity to the rest of the region makes it the optimal city to headquarter SolidFire’s Asia-Pacific operation,” said Tim Pitcher, VP of International at SolidFire. “Through policies that welcome global business, Singapore has built a strong ecosystem of innovation that will be beneficial for SolidFire to join. Our expansion into Asia and our growing European presence allows us to quickly respond to growing product demand in these regions.”
EMEA staff expansion
SolidFire has also expanded its EMEA team with the appointment of storage industry veteran Ian Cooper. Based in the UK, Cooper serves as SolidFire’s EMEA Director of Partnerships and Channel, focusing on expanding the company’s presence across the EMEA region.
SolidFire’s Asia-Pacific and EMEA staff expansion follows a year of major company growth, including strategic partnerships with VMware, OpenStack and Citrix, along with customer wins that continue to demonstrate broad adoption and application of its all-flash arrays. In addition to its international sales leadership, SolidFire also continues to vigorously expand system engineering and technical support teams across all regions.
“Strong customer response, along with growing enterprise demand for predictable, high-performance cloud storage infrastructure has accelerated our ability to expand our presence globally,” said Dave Wright, SolidFire Founder and CEO. “We grew our teams close to 80% in 2013 and expect that growth to continue throughout 2014 as enterprise IT continues to evolve. We have a call out to the best in the storage industry to join our team this year.”