WekaIO Expands AI Storage Solutions in EMEA

Weka’s Limitless Data Platform delivers simple, fast, and scalable storage for AI/ML, HPC, and HPDA use cases in the region

CAMPBELL, Calif., May 18, 2021WekaIO™ (Weka), the fastest-growing data platform for artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), life sciences research, and high-performance data analytics (HPDA), today announced the opening of an office in EMEA, along with the appointment of Ryan Taylor as Senior Sales Director. Taylor, a seasoned storage veteran, is tasked with expanding Weka’s business across the region to further international growth within the ecosystem and targeted markets.

Taylor has had a successful 20-year career in the storage industry building teams, channels, and direct sales in various senior-level positions. He comes to Weka from Quantum, where he served as the EMEA sales lead specialist for the continuation of the ActiveScale business after its acquisition from Western Digital, driving hundreds of petabytes of business and supporting customers and partners. Taylor was a key contributor to organizations such as Virident and BlueArc prior to their respective acquisitions. Taylor will be heading Weka’s existing personnel plus an expanded EMEA team that includes Systems Engineer Mark Lucas and Regional Sales Manager Adrian Burch.

“The only way to build a world-class organization is behind world-class people, and we believe that we have found some great people to help us expand our reach throughout the EMEA,” said Andrew Perry, Worldwide VP of Sales at WekaIO. “Ryan, Mark, and Adrian are tasked with elevating our efforts and expanding on our previous success in the region. We look forward to their contributions as we deliver the simplicity, speed, and scale that today’s businesses need to achieve positive results from a modern storage architecture.”

Weka has found success delivering modern storage architecture solutions to a variety of multimillion-dollar customers throughout Europe. Among the companies having deployed Weka-based solutions are Genomics England (GEL), Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Scania, and Untold Studios.

Weka’s Limitless Data Platform™ is built on the shareable, scalable, and distributed file storage system WekaFS™. Designed to help future-ready clients’ data centers and enable digital transformation, the breakthrough WekaFS solution was architected to leverage the performance benefits of flash, high-speed networking, and compute-acceleration technologies (like GPUs) whether the data resides on-premises, in the public cloud, or as a hybrid model. WekaFS stands out as a leading solution because it gives clients the leverage to get more value out of their compute resources, providing a full enterprise-grade solution with advanced security and full cloud integration.

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“As workloads change and needs evolve, companies are constantly searching for solutions that will help them accomplish their business objectives without adding complexity and inefficiencies,” said Chris Powers, VP and GM, Collaborative Platforms and Big Data at HPE. “The HPE Complete Program provides customers purpose-built HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 and DL325 Gen10 Plus All-NVMe servers combined with Weka to deliver highly accelerated file storage capabilities to support extreme-performance data analytics environments, including for machine learning, Financial Services, and Life Sciences. We look forward to increased opportunities to enable customer success as Weka expands its presence throughout the EMEA region.”

“Having a vendor with local resources provides a tight partnership and enables interaction from Weka with the customer,” Lee Biggenden, Co-Founder and Director of Nephos Technologies, a WIN Leader Partner. “Weka has the technology that is needed by organizations throughout the world. Expanding their staff throughout EMEA to help regional resellers like us makes all the difference. We are eager to begin working with Weka’s new leadership team to expand opportunities and increase sales.”

“The digital age has generated mountains of unstructured data, with the ability to extract value from that data becoming increasingly difficult. Hitachi Vantara’s new Hitachi Content Software for File in partnership with the WekaIO OEM agreement will help customers translate data into business insights faster and increase application performance to drive a better digital experience for customers,” said Sasan Moaveni, Global Data Intelligence Business Lead at Hitachi Vantara. “Tightly integrated with Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) we support new use cases that require high performance computing, real-time analytics, AI-ML workloads, whilst reducing the total cost of ownership. WekaIO’s expansion in EMEA is testimony to the value and benefits our solutions bring to data-intensive customers in this market.”

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The only way to build a world-class organization is behind world-class people, and we believe that we have found some great people to help us expand our reach throughout the EMEA

Andrew Perry
Worldwide VP of Sales at WekaIO