Seagate to strengthen cloud solutions; appoints Cisco cloud veteran Jamie Lerner

Storage solutions provider Seagate has announced the appointment of Jamie Lerner as president, Cloud Systems and Solutions.

Lerner will join Seagate on March 10 and will report directly to Seagate Chairman and CEO Steve Luczo.

The move to appoint Lerner is seen as part of Seagate’s growing interest in cloud storage.

Lerner joins Seagate from Cisco Systems where he held the position of senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud and Systems Management Technology Group.

Over the last five years at Cisco, Lerner built the company’s Service Provider and Network Management businesses, ultimately leading to the creation of the company’s expanded cloud and systems management division.


“The transitions happening in cloud computing represent significant changes for the storage industry and we are expanding Seagate’s opportunities by advancing our technology portfolio for greater capacity and efficiency in hyperscale deployments,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate chairman and CEO.

With Jamie’s substantial expertise in the cloud space, Seagate hopes to scale their business for new growth initiatives in cloud computing, Luczo added.

“Seagate has been delivering innovative technology for decades and over that time has built a highly respected brand in the storage industry,” added Lerner. “I look forward to leading Seagate’s cloud strategy in this exciting time for the company.”

Cloud opens significant opportunity for Seagate. Research has revealed that over the next eight years, the capacity shipped into the cloud will double and by 2020 personal and enterprise clouds will account for greater than 60 percent of the total storage capacity shipped.

In view of this trend, Seagate has strengthened its cloud portfolio with a number of attractive offers.

In October last year, Seagate launched its Kinect Open Storage platform that simplifies data management, improves performance and scalability, and lowers the cost of owning cloud infrastructure by up to 50 percent.

Earlier in July Seagate launched two hard disk drives (HDD) for cloud infrastructures and large scale data centers. The enterprise-class Seagate Terascale HDD and the Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7 were targeted at system builders.

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