Isilon Systems expands into ANZ storage market

The new operation will sell its solutions solely through channel partners

Clustered storage and data management specialist Isilon Systems launched in Australia and New Zealand last week with the appointment of Michael Burnie as country manager and Paul Rosham as technical director.

Seattle-based Isilon provides clustered storage systems for digital content and clustered data, enabling enterprises to transform data into information. The new operation will sell its solutions solely through channel partners. Michael Burnie will report to Tom Pettigrew, VP and general manager for Isilon Asia Pacific, who is in the region this week and will also be officiating at the opening of other new in-county operations in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Burnie was previously with both EMC and Network Appliance. He was the first local managing director of both of these storage companies growing the local operations from single employee organisations.

Announcing his company's expansion, Isilon CEO Sujal Patel said the digital age is transforming the way business is conducted across the globe, leading to continued demand for clustered storage systems.

"This includes enterprise businesses using Isilon IQ to maximise the value and opportunity of their rapidly expanding troves of digital content and unstructured data," Patel says. "By expanding into the Asia Pacific geography, we complete the initial phase of our worldwide expansion.

The company's regional vice president, Tom Pettigrew said Isilon has already established strong reseller partnerships in Australia and New Zealand, including those with ASI, Data Management Australia, Magna Systems, and Techtel.

Techtel managing director David Elsmore said as digital content continues to drive innovation and new revenue streams in the media and communications industries, effectively storing and managing this explosion of large, file-based data is critical to business success.

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