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StorageNetworks' CEO gets 'on board'

On the heels of a recent investment by StorageNetworks, Inc., in online-storage provider Xdrive Technologies, Inc., StorageNetworks' co-founder Peter Bell has joined Xdrive's Board of Directors. Xdrive said that the two companies closely collaborate on marketing and sales as well as operations, where StorageNetworks provides a storage management solution to Xdrive Technologies' software infrastructure, which enables anywhere, any device, file storage, access and collaboration. Xdrive Technologies, a privately held company with headquarters in Santa Monica.

Xdrive Technologies, Inc.

StorageNetworks, Inc.

McData nabs new CFO

McData Corp., Broomfield, Colo., has named Qwest Communications' current senior vice president of finance as its new chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and administration. The storage area network (SAN) infrastructure maker said that Janet Cooper would join the company Jan. 17 and will work closely with Dee Perry, the current CFO to get up to speed before Perry retires. McData anticipates the changeover will be complete by the end of first quarter 2001.

McData Corp.

Solid Data gets new moneyman

Another chief financial officer appointment comes from Santa Clara, Calif., and Solid Data Systems, Inc., a provider of solid-state file-caching appliances. William J. Vaughan has joined the company as vice president and CFO with more than 15 years of experience with capital markets and finance operations. Most recently, Vaughan was CFO of venture-funded Informative, Inc., a digital marketing software company, where he directed all finance and investor relations activities. Solid Data's Excellerator products run on all major Unix and NT hardware platforms, and they support industry-standard SCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces. They use a patented Data Retention System to provide non-volatile storage that protects data in the event of a power loss.

Solid Data Systems, Inc.

Maxoptix appoints storage veteran

Maxoptix Corp., Fremont, Calif., a player in optical data storage technology, announced that it has appointed John Jagelsky as its Vice President of Channel sales. Over the past 18 years Jagelsky has held positions in sales and business development at numerous storage vendors, most recently working at NewWave Technologies, where he established its new Digital Solutions Division to service the professional video and audio dealer market. He will head Maxoptix' efforts to expand Channel sales in North America.

Maxoptix Corp.

Adding software systems expertise to the Arsenal Board

Managed storage services provider Arsenal Digital Solutions, Inc., Durham, N.C., named Lorraine H. Fenton to its Board of Directors. Fenton, a retired IBM executive, most recently was vice president of Research and Development for System Software Associates. She served as the CIO for IBM North America for more than six years and, prior to that, led several significant software development initiatives in the areas of communications, large systems and applications development. Fenton also led the successful reengineering/quality initiatives for all worldwide IBM software divisions.

Arsenal Digital Solutions, Inc.

Former Cisco executive joins Nishan

Walt Blomquist, formerly director of product marketing for Cisco Systems, has joined the marketing team at Nishan Systems, Inc., San Jose, Calif., as vice president of product management. While at Cisco, Blomquist launched and managed the Catalyst 6000 family of switches, targeting both the enterprise and service provider markets. Nishan storage networking products are based on IP and Ethernet.

Nishan Systems, Inc.

QLogic gets a new GM

Aliso Viejo, Calif.-headquartered switch maker QLogic Corp. has brought former Inrange Technologies executive, David Hubbard, on board as vice president and general manager of its Switch Products Group. Hubbard has held various senior positions in marketing, sales, international and business management with Computerm, Computer Network Technology and Digital Equipment Corp.

QLogic Corp.

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