EPFL Chooses Himalaya for Montreux Jazz Festival Footage

École_Polytechnique_Fédérale_de_Lausanne_logo.svgEPFL, Switzerland’s world-class technical institute, purchased and installed a storage system based on Amplidata’s Himalaya software to meet the needs new applications that enrich the lives of music lovers around the world. Its Himalaya-based object storage system is being used to create and deliver innovative uses for the archive and live recordings from the montreux-jazz-festival1Montreux Jazz Festival, hosted annually by the school’s Lake Geneva neighbor.

The new media delivery applications driven in part by Himalaya include:

  • A live streaming application: at the end of each festival day, the digitized music is added to the archive by moving the files into the data center via a 10Gb dedicated line
  • A live streaming application for festival attendees to discover the archive on mobile platforms
  • A streaming application for visitors to the Montreux Jazz Festival cafés around the world that allow visitors at each table to listen to any session without bothering other patrons listening to other sessions, or using headsets

As Alain Dufaux of EPFL said in the press release, “we first turned to Amplidata when we recognized the need to preserve these recordings on something more available than tape. Now that we have Himalaya, we are stretching the boundaries of technology to deliver new ways to consume the media.”

Amplidata Expands Leadership Team to Support Growth

Sam Sirisena joins as SVP, Business Development and Operations; Mark Ward becomes new SVP of Sales and Marketing

Milpitas, CA – June 12, 2014 –Amplidata, a leader in object-based software defined storage, today announced that it has added two senior executives to itsleadership team, preparing the company to achieve growth targets and serve an expanded customer base. Sam Sirisena brings 25 years of experience in the technology industry to his new role as senior vice president, business development and operations. Mark Ward joins as senior vice president of sales and marketing after decades of holding leadership positions in the storage technology market.

“Sam and Mark are strong additions to our already talented team,” said Mike Wall, CEO and chairman of Amplidata. “Their skills and experience further enhance our ability to execute on our growth objectives with strategies and programs that compliment our industry leading technology.”

Amplidata recently closed a venture funding round of $11M to support and accelerate the momentum for its patented and proven storage solution.

Sam Sirisena brings a strategic focus and vision gained during 25 successful years in the technology industry. During his 15 years at Promise Technology, Inc., he served as the executive vice president of business development, senior vice president of sales & marketing and general manager of the advanced storage group, focused on the enterprise storage segment. He also served on the board of directors from 1998-2002 and helped the company get listed on the Taiwan stock exchange. He holds a Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and followed a Mathematics/Physics program at the University of Colombo.

“The market has already identified Amplidata as the company to watch in cloud-scale storage architecture,” said Sirisena. “The growth in data sets and new, demanding applications point to a dramatically increasing need for our massively-scalable, secure and manageable technology.”

Mark Ward built his successful career in the storage industry on the foundation of more than 14 years with EMC, where he was one of the first 100 employees and oversaw the company’s expansion into Europe and Asia, eventually becoming vice president of global marketing for EMC’s software business and professional services. From EMC, he helped found Enterprise Storage Ventures, which funded and developed successful companies including Storage Networks, AppIQ, Archivas, Akara Networks and WysDM. Since then, Mark has held senior leadership positions with Storage Technology Corporation and Copan Systems.

“Amplidata has the technology, team and vision to address a market hungry for storage systems with high levels of manageability, scalability, and security,” said Ward. “As the limitations of legacy storage technology become painfully obvious, enterprises and service providers need a new architecture built to address today’s and future workloads.”

About Amplidata
Founded in 2008, Amplidata offers software for object-based software defined storage for enterprises, service providers and OEMs. Patented BitSpread®, BitDynamics®, and GeoSpread technologies offers unbreakable durability at greater than 15 nines, up to zettabyte scalability and operating efficiency at a significantly lower cost than traditional systems. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital*, Quantum*, Swisscom Ventures*, Endeavour Vision*, and Hummingbird Ventures*. The company’s US headquarters is in Milpitas, California with European headquarters in Lochristi, Belgium. Sales and support are worldwide. To learn more, visit www.amplidata.com.

AmpliStor, BitSpread and BitDynamics are registered trademarks of Amplidata. * Other names and brands are the property of their respective owners.


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