About Us

Reimagining Enterprise Storage

From the dawn of the disk era, storage has been defined by its limits, creating barriers to extracting maximum value from an enterprise’s most valuable asset – data. Today, clouds are driving needed agility, but storage has not kept pace. Until now.

Datera is tearing down storage barriers through a radically simple idea – defining storage by its data, driven automatically by applications.

Leadership Team

Our vision and execution are driven by experienced and passionate technology innovators and executives from leading companies spanning the computing, networking and storage industries.

Guy ChurchwardExecutive Chairman and CEO
Guy ChurchwardExecutive Chairman and CEO
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Guy is a serial technology entrepreneur who brings with him a long tenure of senior leadership experience in systems, software and enterprise data storage to his role as CEO at Datera.

Prior to Datera, Guy held executive leadership roles at Dell EMC, where he was responsible for the core technology business, NetApp, and BEA Systems. He has also led data disruptor startups including Data Torrent and Log Logic and currently serves on the boards of directors of Druva and FairWarning. Guy's educational pedigree includes studies at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and Cambridge Tutors College in London, UK.

Flavio SantoniPresident
Flavio SantoniPresident

Flavio brings more than 25 years of executive management experience in the technology space. Flavio leads all revenue generating functions including sales, marketing, alliances and strategic partnerships.

Previously, Flavio was chief revenue officer at Panzura, a cloud storage company, and CEO of Syncsort/Catalogic, a data integration and data protection company. Prior to Syncsort, his leadership roles included serving as the EVP and co-general manager of the Engenio Storage Group at LSI, EVP and COO at Sutmyn Storage and various senior management positions with Memorex Telex in the US, UK and Italy.

Flavio holds a degree in Electronics from IX Istituto Tecnico in Milan, Italy. He has also completed the AeA/Stanford Executive Institute program for the management of high technology companies.

Narasimha ValivetiChief Product Officer
Narasimha ValivetiChief Product Officer
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Narasimha brings more than two decades of experience delivering industry-leading software products and solutions to power and automate data center operations. He leads all engineering, product management and customer success functions for the company.

Previously, Narasimha was vice president of software engineering at Dell EMC, where he led engineering for the firm’s billion-dollar data protection business. Prior to Dell EMC, he held senior technical and engineering leadership roles with Veritas/Symantec for the firm’s storage and availability business. A technical visionary, Valiveti holds multiple patents in the areas of storage virtualization and management software and systems.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bangalore University.

Eric SoliChief Financial Officer
Eric SoliChief Financial Officer
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Eric brings more than 25 years of experience as a strategic and operational financial executive to Datera, where he oversees all company financial functions and activities.

Prior to Datera, Eric held executive positions in Finance and Operations with public and private technology companies including semiconductor maker Catalyst Semiconductor and RF amplifier maker Spectrian, Inc., as well as private ad tech companies Adchemy, Zeta Interactive and VigLink. He also served as a senior auditor with “Big Four” accounting firm EY, where he earned his CPA certification.

Eric graduated from the University of Nevada with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Deb HoffmanChief Human Resources Officer
Deb HoffmanChief Human Resources Officer

With over 15 years experience as a leader in human resources, Deb has developed and managed HR programs across a spectrum of high-tech corporations, including Intel, EMC, Barracuda Networks, Data Domain and Xilinx. Earning a BS in Organizational Behavior from University of San Francisco, Deb has also volunteered for the American Cancer Society.

Nic BellingerCo-founder & Architect
Nic BellingerCo-founder & Architect

Nic brings to Datera more than 15 years of storage product and open source software experience. He has been a prolific contributor to Linux, including the entire Linux I/O SCSI storage subsystem, which has become an industry standard and is being used by numerous tier-1 cloud and storage companies.

Before Datera, Nic was the Chief iSCSI Architect at SBEi, Inc., a company that pioneered and sold software-defined storage software solutions to large storage system enterprises.

Guillermo "Bill" RozasSenior Architect
Guillermo "Bill" RozasSenior Architect

Bill brings more than 30 years of experience in computing, systems and microprocessor design to Datera, where he serves as chief architect for the company’s high-performance data plane technology.

Before Datera, Bill served as Distinguished Engineer & Chief Architect at NVIDIA, where he led the design effort for their first internally-developed ARM v8 64-bit CPU and its coherence protocol. Previously, he held the position of Fellow & Chief Architect at Transmeta Corp., a maker of low-power x86 compatible microprocessors.

Bill earned both a Masters and PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and additionally holds bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the same institution.

Bill BorsariHead of Systems Engineering
Bill BorsariHead of Systems Engineering
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Bill leads the sales engineering team and is focused on customer success.

With more than 20 years in the storage industry, Bill has held senior positions with Nimble Storage, Seamicro and Parascale enabling him to bring a unique and broad perspective of the storage industry to Datera clients. In 2015 Bill organized the 30th anniversary event for the Amiga Computer at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Bill holds a BA degree from the University of Maryland, College Park where he double-majored in Decision & Information Systems and Management Science with Statistics.

Investors

Founded by the authors and maintainers of the Linux I/O storage stack, Datera is backed by Khosla Ventures, Samsung Venture Investment and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Andy Bechtolsheim and Pradeep Sindhu.