Former IBM Cloud Executive Joins Nasuni as Chief Product Officer

Former IBM Cloud Executive Joins Nasuni as Chief Product Officer

November 9, 2017

New Appointment Bolsters Leadership Team on Heels of Another Strong Fiscal Quarter

BOSTON, MA – November 9, 2017 – Russ Kennedy - Nasuni Chief Product OfficerNasuni, the  leading provider of cloud-scale enterprise file services, today announced that former IBM Cloud executive Russ Kennedy has joined the company as Chief Product Officer. Kennedy was previously Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Customer Solutions at object storage innovator Cleversafe from 2011 through its acquisition by IBM. He spent the last two years at IBM helping integrate Cleversafe, now IBM Cloud Object Storage, into the IBM Cloud and Storage Systems businesses. In his new role, Kennedy will help shape Nasuni’s product strategy, while working closely with IBM and other strategic cloud partners to meet growing customer demand for Nasuni’s cloud-resident global file system.

Kennedy’s appointment comes on the heels of another strong fiscal quarter for Nasuni as enterprises look for a more scalable and cost-effective way to manage the exponential growth of unstructured data. Nasuni’s capacity under management has more than tripled in the first nine months of 2017 due to best-in-class subscription renewal rates, improvements in sales and marketing productivity, and new customer wins in manufacturing, architecture, construction, consumer brands, and pharmaceuticals, both in the US and internationally. The positive results continue the trend that led Nasuni to raise a $38M growth equity round earlier this year from Goldman Sachs.

“We are excited that Russ has joined our executive team to help strengthen our partnerships with IBM and other strategic cloud storage partners, and to help guide our product direction,” said Paul Flanagan, Nasuni President. “Nasuni continues to grow very rapidly and having another experienced cloud and storage executive on board will help us navigate the many opportunities we have to penetrate the market with our disruptive hybrid cloud approach to enterprise file services. We will continue to invest in our sales, development, and customer service functions to ensure success in the most demanding unstructured data management use cases, and Russ will be instrumental in helping us in each of these areas.”

Kennedy has a long track record of success making innovative storage technologies mainstream, both in customer-facing and internal engineering and product management roles. At Cleversafe, Kennedy was instrumental in helping elevate object storage to its current place as a widely-used storage technology. Earlier in his career, he held various leadership positions in product management and development at StorageTek, Sun, and Pillar Data Systems.

“I’ve worked with Nasuni as a partner for many years at Cleversafe and IBM, and have always been impressed by the people, the technology, and the opportunity,” said Russ Kennedy, Nasuni’s new Chief Product Officer. “With object storage now recognized as the foundation for bringing cloud economics to unstructured data management, the next foundational element that’s needed is a file system that can unlock the full potential of object storage for global file sharing, multi-site collaboration, advanced data protection, simple file server management, and active analytics. Nasuni’s innovative global file system best meets that need.”

About Nasuni
Nasuni (“NAS Unified”) is transforming the way enterprises store, share, protect, and manage fast-growing file data. Powered by Nasuni UniFS®, the first global file system as scalable as the cloud itself, Nasuni’s hybrid cloud file services platform combines the limitless capacity, geo-redundancy, and low cost of object storage with the security, performance, and flexibility of local file servers. By using Nasuni and their preferred cloud provider for Network Attached Storage (NAS) consolidation, multi-site file collaboration, archiving, and data analytics, Nasuni customers are meeting global growth, workforce productivity, and “cloud-first” objectives, while also realizing massive IT cost savings. Nasuni is a privately held company based in Boston, Mass. For more information, visit

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