OUR TEAM

ZIVAN ORI

CEO & Co-Founder

Mr. Zivan Ori is the co-founder and CEO of E8 Storage. Before founding E8 Storage, Mr. Ori held the position of IBM XIV R&D Manager, being responsible for developing the IBM XIV high-end, grid-scale storage system, and served as Chief Architect at Stratoscale, a provider of hyper-converged infrastructure. Prior to IBM XIV, Mr. Ori headed Software Development at Envara (acquired by Intel) and served as VP R&D at Onigma (acquired by McAfee).

ALEX FRIEDMAN

VP R&D & Co-Founder

Mr. Alex Friedman is the co-founder and VP R&D of E8 Storage. Before founding E8 Storage, Mr. Friedman managed IBM XIV’s core R&D department responsible for all aspects of IBM XIV’s storage stack software development. Before joining IBM, Mr. Friedman worked at Wanova, a virtualization startup acquired by VMware, and managed an R&D group at an Israeli government organization. Mr. Friedman holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

ZIV SERLIN

VP System Architecture

Mr. Serlin is an expert in the field of architecture, design, prototyping and integration of complex systems in the areas of storage systems and networking. Mr. Serlin has extensive experience as a system architect and management positions at companies such as Primary Data Inc. (a data virtualization company), IBM XIV (a scale out high-end enterprise block storage system) where he managed hardware R&D department and Commex Technology (high performance networking ASIC).

ANDREW FLESCH

VP Sales

Mr. Flesch has been bringing new disruptive technologies to market and identifying technology paradigm shifts for close to 20 years. Mr. Flesch most recently led sales for Instart Logic, a pioneer in end point aware application delivery. Prior he led sales for NetMotion, a leading mobility software company (acquired by the Carlyle Group) and also led Americas Sales for Solid State Storage Array maker, Whiptail, (acquired by Cisco). Mr. Flesch was also an early employee and key contributor at Citrix, VMware and Riverbed. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

DANNY MELAMED

Director R&D

Mr. Melamed has a proven track record in storage software development. Prior to joining E8 Storage, Mr. Melamed led IBM XIV’s test organization, after joining IBM through the acquisition of Diligent Technologies. At Diligent, he played a key role in the development team, managing various software development groups.

RON HERRMANN

Director Sales Engineering

Mr. Herrmann is a veteran in the storage and networking industry. Prior to joining E8 Storage, Mr. Herrmann worked at IBM (after the Diligent Technologies acquisition). He also held key positions at several start-ups including Prominet and Agile (both acquired by Lucent) and Cereva (acquired by EMC). Mr. Herrmann also served as the Systems Group Leader for the Michigan Supreme Court and worked at Chipcom (acquired by 3Com) and Timeplex (acquired by Unisys).

JULIE HERD

Director Technical Marketing

Ms. Herd has been a product management leader in the storage industry for many years, spanning both hardware and software product management and product marketing. Prior to joining E8 Storage, Ms. Herd led product management teams at companies such as NetApp, Nexenta and BlueArc (acquired by Hitachi Data Systems) among others. She started her storage career at Legato Systems (acquired by EMC) and earned an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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