Isilon Systems announces expansion into ANZ storage market

In the business of transforming data into information

Clustered storage and data management specialist, Isilon Systems, launched in the Australian and New Zealand markets today with the appointment of Michael Burnie as country manager and Paul Rosham as technical director.

Seattle-based Isilon provides clustered storage systems for digital content and clustered data, enabling enterprises to transform data into information. The new local operation will sell its solutions solely through channel partners.

Michael Burnie will report to Tom Pettigrew, VP and general manager for Isilon Asia Pacific, who is in the region this week and will also be officiating at the opening of other new in-county operations in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.

A seasoned player in the data storage space, Michael Burnie was previously with both EMC and Network Appliance.

He was the first local managing director of both of these major storage companies growing the local operations from single employee organizations to successful industry leaders.

Announcing his company's Asia Pacific expansion, Sujal Patel, CEO of Isilon Systems, said the digital age is transforming the way business is conducted across the globe, leading to continued demand for clustered storage systems.

"This includes enterprise businesses using Isilon IQ to maximize the value and opportunity of their rapidly expanding troves of digital content and unstructured data," Patel said.

"By expanding into the Asia Pacific geography, we complete the initial phase of our worldwide expansion.

"With our talented APAC team, Isilon is well-positioned to begin delivering the breakthrough benefits of our storage products to the burgeoning Asia Pacific market."

The company's regional VP, Tom Pettigrew said Isilon has already established strong reseller partnerships in Australia and New Zealand, including those with ASI, Data Management Australia, Magna Systems, and Techtel.

The managing director of Techtel, David Elsmore, said as digital content continues to drive innovation and new revenue streams in the media and communications industries, effectively storing and managing this explosion of large, file-based data is critical to business success, both today and tomorrow.

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