Harr’s leadership experience, cloud storage background and proven capability to scale will accelerate Panzura’s next stage of growth
CAMPBELL, CA. – May 2, 2016 – Panzura®announced the appointment of Patrick Harr as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. With more than two decades of industry experience, Harr joins the company after holding positions as vice president and general manager at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, vice president at VMWare as well as a go-to-market leader and CEO of multiple start-ups. Drawing from his extensive background in cloud, storage, and networking across VC-backed, private and public companies, Harr will build on Panzura’s milestone year in 2015 and lead the company in its next stage of growth.
“The massive levels of data growth seen in information technology is not really news; however, a number of organizations still believe legacy storage technology can scale to meet their storage needs in the long term. When, in reality, the requirement to adopt a different solution to handle massive capacity storage is a when, rather than an if,” said Scott Sinclair, storage analyst with ESG. “As enterprises continue to take advantage of cloud scale and economics, the importance of a modern architecture that Panzura offers to bridge the cloud becomes much more essential.”
Bringing the tenacity of a start-up leader coupled with his proven ability to scale a cloud business, Harr will build on Panzura’s strong foundation to rapidly accelerate its growth through partners and cloud providers. Together with Panzura’s market leading capabilities, he will help organizations transform from storage status quo into a simple, state of the art cloud storage architecture.
“We are ecstatic to have Patrick take Panzura to the next level,” said Paul Madera, managing director at Meritech Capital Partners and Panzura board member. “Patrick rapidly scaled HPE’s Americas Cloud business, growing sales 19X over five years, generating over $1.7B in revenue. Patrick’s proven success as a GM, go-to-market leader and startup CEO is key to scaling Panzura’s business to new heights.”
“I’m very excited to join Panzura as CEO and lead the company in its next phase of growth,” Harr said. “The company has a great team, solid investors and strong partners. Together, we will work with customers to rethink their storage strategies to take advantage of the massive market shift to cloud.”
Panzura is the catalyst in the transformation of cloud storage into high-performance enterprise file systems. Panzura’s revolutionary technology seamlessly combines the economics, scale, and business model of cloud storage with the flexibility, performance and features of enterprise storage. Using Panzura, enterprises shift from a storage status quo into a simple, modern architecture with cloud storage as the cold core and Panzura as the hot edge. Organizations like the Department of Justice, Electronic Arts, Milwaukee Tool, and National Instruments use Panzura for cloud-integrated storage use cases such as Cloud NAS, large file distribution, cross-site collaboration, and active archive.