Tacit Taps New President to Ramp Up Biz

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Storage appliance maker Tacit Networks has hired InfiniBand veteran Charles Foley as president to guide the company’s growth in the burgeoning wide area file services (WAFS) market.

Foley, former CEO and board member at InfiniCon Systems until he stepped down in August, will be responsible for Tacit’s business development and strategic alliances, product management, corporate marketing, product direction and positioning.

The executive, who goes by the nickname Chuck, joins the South Plainfield, N.J., company as it is expanding its sphere of influence in the nascent market for WAFS, which research firms like The Taneja Group believe poses a $1 billion opportunity.

Tacit makes storage systems that provide WAFS, which help companies exchange content between data centers and remote offices over wide area networks (WAN) , where performance is typically poor. Tacit makes appliances that, when put at respective sites, help companies distribute content effectively over a WAN.

Stephanie Balaouras, senior analyst of enterprise computing and networking at The Yankee Group, said hiring Foley, who has many contacts in the networking industry from his tenure at InfiniCon, makes sense.

“He was trying to build relationships for a networking technology that is struggling to gain a foothold,” Balaouras told Enterprise Storage Forum. “If he can do well in that market, which is actually a growing market and is viable, he should be pretty successful.”

Balaouras said Tacit’s strength derives from several technologies that help maintain consistency of the file and keep its content intact. A supplemental technology to traditional file systems, Tacit’s WAFS machines target network-attached storage (NAS) systems.

“Tacit allows various branch offices and other remote data centers to share data, so they help compress the data and move it quickly over the wide area network,” Balaouras said. “This is about how to get information over that WAN faster and more effectively.”

Tacit is gaining momentum. The company inked a partnership with IBM in July for multi-level support and product qualification and to resell Big Blue’s products. IBM in turn agreed to provide global support for Tacit’s WAFS product line and resell its appliances and software.

Earlier this year, Tacit acquired the intellectual assets of AttachStor, the e-mail storage management software from Attachsoft.

Because the market is so young, Tacit has few competitors. Riverbed Technology is one such standalone rival, making products that improve the performance of applications over WANs. Actona was another, but it was acquired by Cisco Systems earlier this year.

Article courtesy of InternetNews.com

Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for CIO.com covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

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