About Zadara Storage
Zadara Storage is a pioneer provider of enterprise-class high-performance, high-availability and scalable cloud storage delivered as a cost-effective pay-as-you-go service.
Powered by patent-pending Virtual Private Storage Arrays (VPSAs), Zadara uniquely places SAN and NAS technology in the cloud, enabling the advanced capabilities of single-tenant on-premise data center storage coupled with an innovative Quality of Service IT environment that meets the most stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
The company provides the flexibility of on-premise private, hybrid or public cloud storage for SMBs and large Enterprises while addressing the infrastructure needs of any data type and any application.
Zadara offers storage on demand through a wide range of worldwide public cloud and colocation providers, including a value-added strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Winner of VentureBeat, Tie50, Under the Radar, and Plug and Play’s cloud competitions.
Nelson Nahum, Co-founder and CEO
Nelson brings over 20 years of experience in the storage industry in multiple storage software development positions. He is known for creating innovative products and successfully bringing them to the market. Prior to co-founding Zadara Storage, he was a Fellow and Vice President of Software Engineering at LSI Corporation, where he was responsible for an engineering team of over 250 people.
Previously he was CTO and co-founder of StoreAge Networking Technologies, which was acquired by LSI in 2006. At StoreAge, he invented the out of band storage virtualization system, building and leading the engineering to a successful product that was adopted by HP and lead to the acquisition of StoreAge by LSI.
Nelson holds multiple patents related to storage systems. Nelson has a B.Sc EE from the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology.
Yair Hershko, co-founder and VP Engineering
Yair brings over 15 years of experience in software development in a variety of senior engineering management positions. He has a track record of successfully building world class engineering teams from the ground up, hiring key contributors, driving quality, and ensuring on time delivery. Prior to co-founding Zadara Storage, Yair was Sr. Director of Engineering at LSI where he led the development of multiple releases of HP’s SVSP product. During his tenure, he expanded the engineering team from 20 to 50 engineers. Previously, he was Director of R&D and QA at StoreAge where he was responsible for the development and release of the storage virtualization software. Prior to StoreAge, Yair was software development manager at Medivision.
Yair has a B.Sc (Cum Laude) in Information Systems Engineering from the Computer Science faculty in the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology.
Noam Shendar, VP Business Development
Noam brings over 15 years of experience in the technology industry in a variety of senior management positions. At LSI Corporation, he was Sr. Director of Business Planning and Product Management in the Engenio Storage Group. During his tenure he founded and led an internal startup, took it from inception to first revenue, and successfully handed it off to NetApp when the latter acquired Engenio. Prior to that, Noam was LSI’s Director of Corporate Strategy. Prior to LSI he was Director of Strategic Marketing at MIPS Technologies, Inc., in Mountain View, California, where he was responsible for the company’s efforts to penetrate new markets and expand its presence in existing ones.
Prior to MIPS, Noam was VP of Applications and Director of Engineering at iBlast, Inc., an entertainment technology startup in Beverly Hills, California. Prior to that, Noam held research and engineering positions at Intel Corporation’s Microprocessor Products Group and Microcomputer Research Lab in Santa Clara, California.
Noam has a B.Sc. (with Honors) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Executive MBA from Santa Clara University.
Doug Jury, VP Cloud Sales
Doug brings over 35 years of experience in the technology industry in a variety of technical, sales and senior management positions. Starting with Digital Equipment Corporation as an engineer, Doug has worked his way up through the ranks. Having positions in Training, Marketing, Sales Support, Sales Management, gives Doug a full 360 view of the industry. After leaving DEC in 1995, Doug worked for several startups developing their sales teams and channels. He has also held Director levels positions at ATL Products, Chaparral Networking Technology, and QLogic. All these positions were in support of sales and VAR development. Most recently he worked for StoreAge a virtualization startup. As VP of North American sales Doug’s team was responsible for building the customer base and developing the partner channel. After the acquisition by LSI Corporation, Doug continued the development of the StoreAge channel as well as partnering with HP as an OEM customer. Doug’s team was responsible for leading the relationship with HP from all aspects.
Doug holds an Engineering degree from New Hampshire Technical Institute.
Vladimir Popovski, VP Cloud Operations
Vladimir brings over 20 years of experience in software development, architecture, and support in a variety of technical and management positions. He is known for finding creative and innovative solutions for complex problems. Prior to co-founding Zadara, he was a Distinguished Engineer at LSI Corporation, one of the highest ranks in the technical ladder. During his career at LSI (and previously StoreAge Networking Technologies, acquired by LSI) he was responsible for Software and Solutions architecture, development and support of storage virtualization products. He founded and led the intelligent switch platforms team, which later became the core of the product. Before joining StoreAge, Vladimir led the IT department at Azmol Company, one of the largest import/export organizations in the Republic of Moldova.
Vladimir holds multiple patents related to storage systems and software development. He has an M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the Moldova State University with specialization in Algorithmic Languages and Programming.
Robi Hartman, co-founder and Chairman of the board
Robi has over 30 years experience as a technology entrepreneur, a global executive for leading technology companies with vast experience in public markets, fund raising and M&A. He is currently CEO of West End Technology Investments focused on fund raising and advisory services to start-up companies.
Robi was a founder, Chairman and initial CFO for StoreAge Networking Technologies from its inception until its acquisition by LSI (NASDAQ:LSI). He was Chairman and CEO of IIS (NASDAQ:IISLF), CEO of Teledata (NASDAQ:TLDCF) that was sold to ADC (NASDAQ:ADCT), and Vice Chairman of Teledata Networks that was sold to Enablence (CDNX.ENA.V). He has served on the Boards of numerous companies and qualifies as a “financial expert” for both public and private companies.
Robi has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Bar Ilan University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Bentley College.
Eli Shapira, co-founder and Board Member
Eli was recently vice president of Software Strategy at LSI Corporation. Previously he was CEO and co-founder of StoreAge Networking Technologies. Eli was the primary leader of StoreAge, sheparding the company from inception to significant worldwide revenue and the eventual sale to LSI.
Eli has been in the position of CEO in several technology firms over the last 25 years ranging from large public firms (IIS/Decision Data) to private startup companies like StoreAge. He is a seasoned senior executive that in addition to his top leadership roles has been consulting with technology firms for many years on a worldwide basis.
Eli holds a B.Sc degree in Mathematics from the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology.