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ClusterHQ Names Mark Davis as Chief Executive Officer

ClusterHQ™, The Data People for Docker™, today announced the appointment of Mark Davis, founder and former CEO of software-defined storage vendor Virsto Software, as chief executive officer. Davis has served as ClusterHQ’s chairman since June 2014. Davis succeeds founding CEO Luke Marsden, who will continue to lead execution of his vision as the company’s CTO and head of product.

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“Mark has been instrumental to the development of ClusterHQ, and we are very pleased that he has accepted the chief executive position as we move into a period of rapid technology innovation and business development,” said Marsden. “His progressive vision and extensive experience in the data center infrastructure market will serve ClusterHQ and its partners well.”

Davis co-founded Virsto Software, an early leader in the software-defined storage market, and led the company through three rounds of venture capital funding prior to its acquisition by VMware in 2013. He previously served as CEO of Creekpath Systems through its acquisition by Opsware (now HP), and held VP positions at several startups, including Evolve Software where he was a key player in a successful IPO and ConvergeNet Technologies where he was instrumental in its $340M acquisition by Dell. Before beginning his career of leadership in high-growth, venture-backed startups, Mark was a marketing executive at StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and Oracle. He currently serves on the board of directors for Talena and is an advisor and angel investor to several startup companies and startup accelerators.

ClusterHQ announced Flocker™ 0.1, the container industry’s first solution for reliably running databases, key-value stores and queues inside Docker containers in August 2014. An open-source volume and container manager, Flocker is the only software that solves the significant operational challenges that come from running data-backed services inside containers. Flocker allows developers to define their application as a set of connected Docker containers, deploy and then easily migrate them along with their data between hosts, even when in different data centers.

“ClusterHQ is the only company solving data portability issues for Linux containers. Customers, partners, and technology experts have repeatedly told us that lack of adequate data management is emerging as a crucial obstacle to widespread deployment of Docker,” said Davis. “I look forward to working closely with Luke and the rest of the team to help drive the company’s expansion and the growth of the Docker market.”

About ClusterHQ

As The Data People for Docker, ClusterHQ is the company behind the container industry’s first solution for reliably running databases, key-value stores and queues inside Docker containers. Through its innovative open-source data volume and container manager, Flocker, ClusterHQ delivers a platform for solving the significant operational challenges that come from running data-backed services inside containers. The ClusterHQ team are technical experts in storage, networking and containers who have successfully driven open source adoption in developer-led communities. The team holds seven patents related to operating container-based applications at scale.

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