CloudByte Names Evan Powell, Former CEO of StackStorm, Nexenta and Clarus Systems, as its Chairman

SAN JOSE, CA – Jan. 05, 2016 — / — Cloudbyte Inc., a leading software defined storage company, today announced the appointment of Evan Powell as its new Chairman. Evan is a well known serial entrepreneur and builder of open source communities with successes at Clarus Systems, Nexenta and recently Stackstorm.

Photo: Evan Powell

Since its inception in 2011, CloudByte has successfully delivered storage solutions to service providers and enterprises deploying private clouds. CloudByte’s flagship product ElastiStor’s unique capabilities include per volume QoS management, enabling it to eliminate the noisy neighbor problem. A free 25TB edition of the ElastiStor virtual storage appliance is available at; all flash hardware solutions are also available as are other solutions from partners including Q5 and Wipro.

CloudByte recently released an early version of OpenEBS, an Apache Licensed 100% open source storage project addressing the needs of today’s DevOps environments with native container integration and other capabilities. The OpenEBS project leverages some of the technology developed by CloudByte including the ability to control QoS from and for containerized storage controllers.

Evan said, “The next wave of storage disruption is upon us and over the months and years to come you’ll see CloudByte and the OpenEBS project delivering a new combination of technology, business model, and community to improve the lives of DevOps architects and operators. I’m already enjoying working with the CloudByte team and the growing OpenEBS community.”

“We are excited to have Evan join us as Chairman,” said Uma Mukkara, co-founder and CEO of CloudByte. “Storage requirements have changed with containers reaching mainstream. I am looking forward to working with Evan in building CloudByte and specifically in growing the OpenEBS community.”

About OpenEBS (
OpenEBS (@openebs) is a new containerized storage platform for container based environments. It addresses the challenge of large scale storage management faced by many container users and provides ease of use in part through its close integration with Kubernetes, Docker and other orchestration projects.

About CloudByte (
CloudByte is the provider of Software defined storage software and appliances. CloudByte’s patented technology has been helping large storage deployments to realize significant cost savings. Established in 2011, CloudByte has development offices in India and Switzerland and customers world-wide.

About Evan Powell
Evan has been the founding CEO of three enterprise infrastructure software companies, Clarus Systems (RVBD), Nexenta Systems, and most recently StackStorm (BRCD).

As founding CEO of Nexenta Systems, he helped to reimagine the storage industry as one in which the value of software and freedom from vendor lock-in would predominate. Under his leadership, Nexenta became the leader of the OpenStorage movement and the software defined storage sector, with thousands of customers and hundreds of millions of dollars of annual partner sales.

As founding CEO of StackStorm, Evan helped to create the event driven automation category, building a vibrant open source community leveraging and improving upon approaches used by the largest operators such as Facebook. Prominent StackStorm users include Netflix, Cisco, and Dimension Data. Brocade purchased StackStorm in early 2016.

Currently Evan serves as an advisor and investor in a number of start-ups, including the emerging leader of intelligent object storage, Cloudian (, as well as Keewi, TextIQ, Journey Software and others.

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San Jose, CA 95129

Source: CloudByte



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