Velostrata Taps MobileIron Executive John Donnelly to Lead Global Sales
Amid Rapid Company Expansion
Hybrid Cloud Startup Augments Leadership Team and Scales Operations to Meet Growing Demand
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Jan. 13, 2016 – Velostrata, the cloud workload mobility company, today announced the appointment of John Donnelly as vice president of worldwide sales, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Donnelly joins Velostrata during a rapid growth phase following its launch from stealth last August and will lead the company’s global sales operations to drive revenue and customer acquisition. He brings more than 25 years of sales leadership experience and a proven track record in taking companies such as MDM and enterprise mobility company MobileIron, from pre-revenue levels to hundreds of millions of dollars; he has led sales organizations at fast-growing, enterprise-focused companies through three IPOs and two acquisitions.
IDC predicts that the global cloud market will hit $118 billion in 2015 and crest at $200 billion by 2018; this includes private, public and hybrid clouds. Velostrata has been scaling operations to meet this growing opportunity. Over the past month the company has expanded the sales teams on the East Coast, in the Midwest and in Europe to better serve a growing enterprise customer base across automotive, energy, healthcare, financial services, and media and entertainment industries. This growth, coupled with Donnelly’s leadership, also positions Velostrata to actively work with strategic partners in various regions to support growing adoption and develop new use cases.
As senior vice president of sales at MobileIron, Donnelly led the company’s global revenue growth and sales operations, taking MobileIron from pre-revenues to a run rate of $150 million in sales, which culminated in an IPO last year. Prior to joining MobileIron, Donnelly was vice president of sales at Symantec, where he led worldwide sales and established the company as the top provider of enterprise data loss prevention (DLP) solutions, with more than a third of the Fortune 100 as customers. In his career, Donnelly has grown several startup companies, including Talking Blocks, Kana Communications, Connectify and NetGravity, from early-stage to public market or acquisition.
“John is a very senior sales executive with a proven track-record and vast experience leading enterprise-focused sales teams worldwide, growing pre-revenue to levels ready for going public, and creating long-term, successful companies,” said Issy Ben-Shaul, CEO and co-founder of Velostrata. “The hybrid cloud opportunity is vast, but largely untapped for production workloads due to key barriers related to risk, cost, speed, complexity and lock-in, and John’s sales management and execution will help us deliver strong growth and drive greater expansion in this nascent market for years to come.”
Customers have validated Velostrata’s approach to hybrid cloud. The company’s unique technology decouples compute from storage and provides the first real-time hybrid cloud solution that streams production workloads to and from the cloud in minutes, leaves the storage on-premises and optimizes performance end-to-end. Velostrata’s innovative technology removes all previous barriers to hybrid cloud adoption for production workloads and opens a massive opportunity in the market. Customers using Velostrata have seen cost savings anywhere from 50 percent to 75 percent depending on the use case, with time and cost savings resulting from the ability to spin up resources in the cloud, on-demand, instead of over-provisioning the data center.
“The hybrid cloud paradigm is changing dramatically, and I’ve experienced and heard the struggles companies have in leveraging the public cloud for production use cases,” said Donnelly. “We’re now entering a hybrid-cloud world, and the need for leveraging cloud resources on-demand proves challenging, yet is mission-critical to today’s businesses. Velostrata’s approach to enabling hybrid cloud for production workloads is unique to the market, and I’m excited to help businesses reimagine their cloud strategies with such a great team.”
Velostrata’s mission is to enable frictionless, no-compromise hybrid clouds. “Frictionless” means enterprises have the speed and flexibility to stream production workloads to and from the cloud in minutes with the click of a button. “No-compromise” means enterprises leave the storage on-premises, and yet performance is optimized end-to-end. With Velostrata, hybrid cloud is finally low risk, cost-effective, fast and simple. Velostrata is backed by Norwest Venture Partners and Greylock Partners IL (83North) and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California with R&D in Israel. For more information, visit: http://www.velostrata.com.
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