Software-Defined Storage Company WekaIO Expands EMEA Sales Team

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WekaIO, a company delivering NVMe-native high-performance software-defined storage solutions, has appointed Derek Burke as sales manager for the UK. Mr. Burke will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities in the region, managing channel relationships and growing sales. He will report to Richard Dyke, VP of Global Sales at WekaIO.

In the cloud or on-premises, WekaIO’s NVMe-native “high-performance” software-defined storage solution removes the barriers between the data and the compute layer, thus accelerating artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, genomics, research, and analytics workloads.

As part of the company’s EMEA expansion, Derek Burke will join the WekaIO EMEA team as the company looks to grow its presence within high performance computing (HPC), life sciences and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads.

Derek Burke comes to WekaIO from Pure Storage, where he had primary responsibility for FlashBlade storage system sales in EMEA. He has also held senior sales and channel positions at Seagate Cloud Systems, DataDirect Networks (DDN), and Panasas where he also oversaw business development and marketing.

Mr. Burke has a background in driving EMEA sales and strategic alliances and brings to this new position over 18 years of experience in high-performance computing (HPC) storage, scale-out NAS, parallel file systems, cloud and object storage solutions. Mr. Burke has also participated as a board member of the European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing (ETP4HPC), a public/private partnership advising the European Commission on its HPC strategy.

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“We have been seeing an increased interest in EMEA for a modern, scalable file system that is optimized for Flash and which can support deep learning and analytics at scale,” said Derek Burke. “WekaIO has a great solution with Matrix – one that delivers the needed performance, scalability, and ease of use that organizations are seeking. I am looking forward to helping WekaIO grow its presence across EMEA.”

This appointment comes on the heels of several milestone events for WekaIO, including global partnership announcements with HPE, AWS and Cirrascale. This new role would be key to the company as it looks to continue its momentum in EMEA by making its NVMe-native, shared parallel file system more accessible to organizations that utilize GPU- and CPU-based clusters for HPC, deep learning, research, and analytics workloads.

“Derek has a wealth of experience in HPC storage and file systems and we are delighted that he is joining the team,” said Richard Dyke. “His appointment aligns with our strategy for market expansion and he’ll play an integral role in helping shape our business in EMEA, both for customers and partners.”

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