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Former VMware CTO, Scott Davis, Joins @Infinio as CTO
Scott Davis, perhaps most famous with VMblog readers because of his previous role as chief technology officer at VMware, has left the virtualization mothership in pursuit of a new adventure, joining Cambridge-based software start-up Infinio as its new CTO. Infinio, as you probably already know, is focused on storage acceleration (without being a storage company) and provides a much needed solution for virtualized environments.  It especially plays well within a virtual desktop or VDI environment.

Davis was at VMware for seven years, most recently as the CTO of the company's end user computing business unit where he helped drive product and technology strategy and significantly contributed to 10x EUC revenue growth over a four-year period.  Prior to that, Davis served as VMware's Chief Data Center and Storage Architect in the Corporate CTO Office.  All of the experience and expertise Davis gained while at VMware will surely help continue the acceleration and momentum already achieved by the start-up.  And adding someone with Davis' name recognition, talent and caliber also further validates the path taken by Infinio.

But Davis isn't just a big company guy.  He should prove well suited to the Infinio team, as he is no stranger to the start-up world. Yes, he comes to Infinio by way of the virtualization giant, but he has been involved with a number of early stage startups during his career. In fact, long time virtualization users may remember a blast from the past -- Virtual Iron (which became the basis of Oracle VM after its acquisition back in 2009).  Virtual Iron was an early stage virtualization company Davis co-founded and led as both president and CTO.

By joining Infinio, Davis can get back to building something new and interesting in a more fast paced type of environment -- and the company has a lot of room to grow as the product has an opportunity for further technological advancements and innovation.

"I am pleased to be joining such an innovative team and company. Infinio's distributed, content-based architecture is a real game-changer," Davis said. "This unique approach enables a transparent, non-disruptive platform to solve many problems for the IT administrator. Today, Infinio is focused on a radically efficient server-side storage cache that is optimized for RAM, but there are many other potential applications. I'm excited to be part of defining the vision and moving it forward."

VMblog had a great conversation with the company last year at VMworld 2013, and we did a quick video interview with Infinio to help better understand the technology. 

Unlike alternate server-side caching solutions, Infinio requires no new hardware, and works with the datastores customers already have.  By offloading 65-85 percent of reads from the storage system, Infinio increases IOPS and decreases latency, allowing current storage hardware to support more virtual desktops with better performance.  The technology currently works with VMware and Citrix virtualization products, but the company is constantly expanding their coverage map.

Infinio has raised $24 million since its founding in 2011 and its investors include including Bessemer Venture Partners, Highland Capital Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Osage University Partners (a partner of Columbia University, home of Infinio’s roots).
Published Wednesday, June 04, 2014 7:29 AM by David Marshall
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