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Big Data Innovator Appoints New President and CEO

Zettaset's new head honcho is Jim Vogt

“Zettaset has already established itself as an innovator in the Big Data enterprise space and a visionary in this high-growth market,” said Nick Efstratis, managing director of EPIC Ventures and Zettaset board member, as it was announced this week that  industry veteran Jim Vogt (pictured below) has been appointed president and chief executive officer in order to align the company’s leadership with increased product development and ongoing growth goals. 

“Adding an industry veteran like Vogt will allow us to better meet the explosive demand being generated around Big Data,” Efstratis added. 

According to a recent report by Forrester Research, “The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2012,” the Big Data management space is growing rapidly, and the analyst firm describes Hadoop as the “nucleus of the next generation” in cloud-based enterprise data warehousing. Zettaset’s technology harnesses the power of Hadoop and makes it accessible and consumable by enterprises.

Founder Brian Christian will move from CEO to assume duties as chief technology officer. In his transition from CEO to CTO, a company statement said, he will continue to play a key role in the company’s growth by better leveraging his expertise and passion for Big Data and security technology development.

With more than 25 years of leadership experience in both start-up and established corporations, Vogt is poised to help Zettaset take advantage of the unprecedented growth opportunities in the Big Data market. Most recently, Vogt served as senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud Services business unit at Blue Coat Systems. Prior to Blue Coat, he served as president and CEO at Trapeze Networks, which was acquired by Belden, Inc.

“The Big Data space is in its early stages, and with the data deluge that every company is experiencing, we’ve just scratched the surface on how Hadoop can deliver unprecedented ROI and provide a huge competitive advantage for companies,” Vogt said. “With our solution, Zettaset will equip organizations with the tools they need to create, manage and leverage Hadoop clusters, without the need for costly professional services. This is a powerful and unique value point and a key reason why I joined Zettaset.”

Vogt’s accomplished career also includes senior management and product experience at major public companies including Nortel Networks, where he was president of the Small Business Solutions Group, and Bay Networks, where he was vice president and general manager of the workgroup product and distributed network systems divisions. Priorities for Vogt as Zettaset president and CEO are to scale the company for growth as it continues to cultivate and develop partners, customers and its go-to-market strategy.

“Brian has done an exceptional job laying the foundation for success, in not only developing our initial products, but also in forming the first critical commercial partnerships,” said Andreas Stavropoulous, managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Zettaset board member. “Jim has all the proven leadership skills and experience necessary to lead Zettaset to its next phase of growth as we continue to build on this strong foundation.”

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