CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Smart IOPS announced today that George Tehrani and Rick Hazell have joined the company as Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Sales, respectively. Tehrani is responsible for the overall creation and implementation of marketing strategies, including product management, strategy and brand to further accelerate top line revenue growth. Hazell will be responsible for all direct and reseller sales, as well as growing customer accounts and partnerships that align with the company's core business objectives.
"George has tremendous industry expertise with a proven track-record of delivering enterprise and data center marketing initiatives on a global scale," said Ashutosh Das, co-founder and CEO of Smart IOPS. "Rick's expertise will be vital as we introduce a new category of flash storage to more effectively penetrate key markets and grow our share."
A 24-year storage industry veteran, Tehrani most recently served as executive director of strategic marketing for the Storage Product Business Unit at Toshiba. In this role, Tehrani led all hyperscale data center SSD product marketing programs and campaigns driving retention and acquisition. Prior to Toshiba, Tehrani held senior leadership roles at Lenovo, in the company's Enterprise Product Group, and IBM storage marketing and product management organizations. He began his career at Western Digital Corporation, where he held a number of marketing and product leadership roles.
"We are building a world-class marketing organization to help accelerate growth, and I am thrilled to play a key role as we begin to differentiate Smart IOPS as a preeminent force in helping enterprise customers gain maximum value from their storage and IT spend."
Hazell brings over 30 years of semiconductor, storage and Cloud computing experience to Smart IOPS and his strength and expertise in driving revenue will help the company capitalize on both established and emerging markets. Hazell was most recently VP of Sales at xTV, a cloud service provider, and previously held Sales leadership roles at SMART Modular Technologies, Sanmina-SCI, Viking, HCD and OCZ Technology.
Smart IOPS, Inc. exited stealth mode earlier this month at the Flash Memory Summit, introducing NVMe Data Engine SSDs and flash appliances capable of unprecedented performance, 1.7 million and 200 million IOPS, respectively. The company's SSDs are based on its patent pending TruRandom technology which is an innovative approach to minimizing the overhead associated with internal SSD housekeeping, garbage collection and program/erase to unleash the raw I/O processing capability in the solid-state storage device.
About Smart IOPS, Inc.
Privately-held Smart IOPS provides the next generation of flash storage devices and shared flash appliance system architecture for the enterprise, Cloud Service Providers and datacenters, delivering multiple orders of magnitude faster performance and lower latency for a fraction of the cost of existing flash-based storage products. Based in Cupertino, Calif., the company was founded in 2013 by industry veterans from Intel, Micron, SanDisk and Juniper networks. For more information, please visit www.smartiops.com.
Smart IOPS, Inc.
George Tehrani, Vice President of Marketing
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