SAN JOSE, Calif., November 14, 2017 – Violin® Systems LLC, the enterprise storage industry leader for extreme performance with consistent low latency and data services, announced today that it has named technology industry sales veteran Rick Ruskin as senior vice president of worldwide Sales. In this role, Rick will be responsible for sales, systems engineering and worldwide sales operations, reporting to Ebrahim Abbasi, CEO and President.
“Expanding our go-to-market leadership team is of paramount importance as we re-embark on our path to innovation and growth. Rick’s leadership, industry knowledge, experience and customer advocacy will accelerate our growth,” said Abbasi.
Ruskin has 30 years’ experience growing companies to be market leaders in areas of storage, virtualization, security and e-discovery. He comes to Violin from Kaminario, where he was vice president of North America channel sales, leading significant growth by forming alliances with strategic partners and OEM relationships. Prior to Kaminario, Ruskin held senior sales and executive management positions at companies including Storiant, VDX, eG Innovations, Lumigent Software, VIRTERA, Index Engines, MTI Technology and Storability Software.
“I’m eager to help spearhead Violin’s efforts into furthering their reach to businesses around the world looking to leverage innovative storage technologies that will help them get the the most from their enterprise storage environments,” said Ruskin. “I strongly believe Violin provides tremendous opportunities for enterprises to significantly enhance their infrastructures through Violin’s innovation and cost effective solutions. I look forward to applying my industry experience to exponentially grow Violin’s business through customer advocacy and product leadership.”
Ruskin will be charged with extending the reach of Violin’s Flash Storage Platform™ that helps solve the complex storage needs of organizations across a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, communications and financial markets. The Violin Flash Storage Platform allows organizations to deploy a vertically integrated design of software, firmware and hardware to enable the transition of storage from legacy solutions to enterprise-class, all-flash storage, dramatically transforming data center economics.
“Rick has a proven history of dramatically growing his companies’ businesses through identifying market opportunities and ensuring that sales are closed,” said Abbasi. “As we continue to extend the reach of Violin solutions to markets across the globe, we look to leverage Rick’s success for our own benefit and for the benefit of companies looking to solve their business challenges by simplifying their storage, their data center and their businesses themselves with our flash storage platform.”
Violin, the disruptive innovator in All Flash Arrays, is revolutionizing how businesses operate by enabling storage technology to be Instrumental to their company by changing the SLAs and capabilities of private, hybrid and public cloud environments. The Flash Storage Platform™, powered by Concerto OS™, a fully integrated storage operating system, is the industry leader in the combination of every significant category measured in all flash arrays: low latency, affordability, density, scalability and performance. With tightly integrated data services, the Violin Flash Storage Platform provides a unique combination of data protection, business continuity, and data reduction services onto a flexible, uniquely scalable solution called Scale Smart™, delivering significant CAPEX and OPEX savings. Founded in 2005, Violin is headquartered in San Jose, California.