Marc Rotzow Returns to Open Source Storage as Chief Technology Officer

Original CTO and top open source data architect to help company re-launch enterprise storage solutions

Jan 28, 2014, 11:23 ET from Open Source Storage

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Source Storage (OSS), the visionaries and creators of enterprise data storage solutions, have named Marc Rotzow Chief Technology Officer. The original CTO of OSS and the architect behind some of the world's largest data systems, Mr. Rotzow will focus on the developing and deploying enterprise storage solutions built on open standards and open source software.

Over the last 20 years, Mr. Rotzow has designed and managed a wide array of enterprise data solutions. From 2011 to 2014, he was Senior Manager of System Operations at 8x8 where he oversaw infrastructure for the company's VoIP services. Prior to joining 8x8, Mr. Rotzow was Senior Manager of Operations at FriendFinder Networks and was tasked with revamping all infrastructure and datacenter properties, which today support over 600,000,000 registered users.

From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Rotzow served as the CTO of Open Source Storage. He was instrumental in architecting data storage solutions for Facebook, NASA, KPMG, AOL, Friendster, Shutterfly, and, among others.  

"When I first met Marc, he was actually building data infrastructure for a customer of Open Source Storage. His knowledge of open source technology and his expertise in data security were so impressive that we decided to hire Marc and lose the account," said Eren Niazi, founder and CEO of Open Source Storage. "Marc's data storage deployments have all been bulletproof and scalable. I've never seen infrastructure or growth problems he couldn't handle."

Before joining Open Source Storage in 2004, Mr. Rotzow held positions as a Director at FriendFinder Networks and Linuxsolve. He also worked at Apple for six years. Mr. Rotzow's security-focused Linux distribution, the first designed for the enterprise market, had many features adopted in future distributions of the open source operating system. Over the past 10 years, Mr. Rotzow has also donated his expertise to, a non-profit community of technologists who volunteer their knowledge, skills and experience to charitable organizations.

"The technology that Open Source Storage developed from 2001 to 2007 became a model for the rest of the data solutions market," said Rotzow. "I am excited to help the company return to the forefront of innovation. In terms of performance, cost, and security, we can improve upon what proprietary storage systems offer." 

About Open Source Storage
Open Source Storage is a pioneer in open source datacenter solutions. The company designs, installs and maintains enterprise datacenters built on open source software and components to reduce the total costs of data ownership. The company is dedicated to providing customers with outstanding service and cutting edge storage products that offer the highest performance, scalability and reliability. Founded in 2001 by Eren Niazi, a leader in the Open Source movement, Open Source Storage has served organizations ranging from dynamic startups to Fortune 500 companies and national government agencies.

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