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David West has served as our Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development since April 2011. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development from September 2005 to March 2011, and as our vice president of business development from August 2000 to September 2005.
Prior to joining our company, Mr. West served as a director of strategic alliances from April 1999 to July 2000 and vice president of storage solutions in July 2000 at Legato Systems, Inc., which was subsequently acquired by EMC Corporation.
Prior to joining Legato Systems, Mr. West served as vice president of sales at Intelliguard Software, Inc., which was also subsequently acquired by EMC Corporation, from 1990 to April 1999.
Mr. West obtained his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University.
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Monday, February 01, 2010
With all the noise surrounding cloud computing, it's getting harder to separate the hype from the reality. After all, the term, which has become one of the most overused technology buzzwords, has different definitions with muddled meanings that make it difficult for organizations to determine how, why and when to deploy cloud-hosted solutions to best support evolving business needs.
So isn't it time for technology vendors to stop the hype and deliver practical solutions that work as promised? At CommVault, we have formulated a pragmatic strategy that extends our core competencies in data management to the cloud. We've also been very deliberate in pursuing MSP partners that can support our customers' growing interest in cloud storage by leveraging their own data center expertise and proven IT services.
We started this process by talking with customers to discover what they want from cloud computing. We learned they want to do more than just store data in the cloud; they want to manage it for data protection, archiving and eDiscovery, just as they do already with data stored on disks and tapes. We also surveyed our customers worldwide to find out their thoughts on the biggest risks and rewards of cloud storage. More than half of the 535 respondents to CommVault's cloud computing survey reported growing interest in cloud storage. Such interest by participants was attributed to a number of factors, including the ability to lower overall costs, reduce hardware expenditures, augment offsite disaster recovery as well as replace or supplement tape. Still, more than 75 percent of those polled expressed qualms over moving to a cloud storage model and cited security, privacy and reliability among their top concerns.
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