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ParaScale Announces Formation of Advisory Board and Appointment of Pioneering Industry Practitioners and Thought-Leaders

ParaScale, Inc., a startup company developing cloud storage solutions for deep content archives and rich-media content in traffic-intense applications, is pleased to announce the formation of an advisory board and its first appointments.

"Our new advisory board members will help guide ParaScale as we introduce a new class of clustered NAS and file storage, delivering unprecedented horizontal scale-out of storage capacity and performance to support the wave of content-intensive applications," said Cameron Bahar, CTO and founder, ParaScale, Inc. "Each of our advisory board members has contributed substantially to the development and adoption of emerging clustered storage technologies. I welcome them to our new advisory board and look forward to their technology and market contributions."

The ParaScale Advisory Board members include:

Alex Godelman, IT and Engineering Evangelist in Online Media and Entertainment. With nearly 20 years of executive and senior management IT and engineering experience in ecommerce, commercial software development, and online media and entertainment, Alex is vice president of technology at Gorilla Nation. Gorilla Nation Media is the world's largest online ad sales rep firm that exclusively represents over 500 leading web publishers, and averages over 60 million unique visitors per month. Previously, he served as part of the senior management team at Shopzilla; chief information officer at Diskeeper; executive director of technology for the B3 Corp division of Time Warner; and senior director of IS&T for the Maxis division of Electronic Arts.

"In recent years, the need to power media-rich platforms has exploded. A new breakthrough approach to handling high quantities of media content to address today's total cost of ownership, manageability and performance-related challenges is way overdue," said Godelman. "I truly believe ParaScale is well on its way to pioneering such a breakthrough with its revolutionary approach to a highly-efficient, redundant and scalable clustered NAS platform utilizing commodity hardware with unmatched affordability and performance. I am very excited to take a front seat as ParaScale unveils its cloud storage technology to the industry."

Chuck McManis, Senior Storage Technologist at Google. At Google, Chuck and his team spear-head the challenges of managing storage on a massive scale every day. In his 20+ years of experience prior to Google, Chuck was a senior director at Network Appliance leading the movement from single machine storage appliances to clouds of appliances.

"Dealing with the challenges of uniquely deploying storage to many thousands of nodes at Google, I have come to appreciate both the benefits and potential pitfalls of various clustered storage approaches," explained McManis. "Today's media-rich environment is putting pressure on companies in all industries to deploy massive amounts of cost -effective storage for handling this data explosion. ParaScale's down-load on-demand to commodity servers approach is the key enabler for a cloud storage architecture. This company is positioned to meet the needs of companies competing in today's content-intensive markets."

Ethan Miller, Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz. Ethan is the Associate Director of the Storage Systems Research Center at UCSC, where he explores issues in advanced file & storage systems. He has been doing research in storage systems for over 20 years.

"Over the past decade, storage software technology has advanced significantly, yet most currently-established solutions use 1990's technology," explained Miller. "My research group, the Storage Systems Research Center at UC Santa Cruz, is exploring state-of-the-art approaches for storage scalability, capacity, and usability, making it possible to build high-performance, cost-effective petabyte-scale storage. I'm excited to be working with ParaScale because it is incorporating many of these new techniques in its products, allowing them to handle the high-demand loads generated by digital content and streaming media by providing pragmatic high-performance clustered storage solutions with very practical economics."

These three members join Sepandar David Kamvar, Ph.D., Google / Stanford University, who has served in a consulting capacity since ParaScale's founding. Dr. Kamvar is the technical lead of personalization at Google and a consulting professor in Computational Mathematics at Stanford.

Published Thursday, July 24, 2008 6:03 AM by David Marshall
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