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Gartner analysts popular among cloud backup companies

01 May 2018

Cloud data management company Rubrik has picked up lead Gartner analyst Pushan Rinnen.

Rinnen brings more than two decades of experience and expertise in backup and recovery to Rubrik and was a critical driver of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions.

Rinnen, formerly a research director at Gartner, will join Rubrik’s marketing team to contribute to strategy and messaging for Rubrik’s product portfolio. At Gartner, she advised numerous clients and authored thought-leading research notes on both data center and cloud-based backup and recovery.

She also has research experience in areas such as network-attached storage (NAS), storage area networks (SAN) and unified storage.

Rinnen says she has been analyzing the players in this industry for years and finds Rubrik’s approach to building both its product and its culture inspirational.

“I’m excited to work with the team to scale its go-to-market strategy as the company continues to evolve and deepen its market-leading capabilities.”

Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha also comments, “Pushan’s decision to join the Rubrik team speaks volumes about the impact the company is making in the cloud data management space.”

“Rubrik is continuing to push the envelope and help companies to manage and do more with their data."

Rinnen adds, “Bipul’s vision and his personal commitment to fostering a strong, transparent culture is unique.”

At the same time, Veeam also announced it is appointing a former Gartner analyst to an executive position in the company. 

Veeam has appointed Dave Russell, most recently vice president and analyst at Gartner, as vice president of enterprise strategy. 

Russell will be responsible for driving strategic product and go-to-market programs, spearheading industry engagement, and evangelizing Veeam’s vision for the Hyper-Available Enterprise at key events across the globe.

Reporting directly to Kate Hutchison, Veeam's chief marketing officer, Russell will work closely with the executive leadership team to accelerate the company’s growth in the enterprise market.

Russell has almost three decades of experience and his research focus at Gartner was on storage strategies and technologies, with an emphasis on backup and recovery, snapshot and replication, SSD/flash optimization software, software-defined storage (SDS) and storage management.

Like Rinnen, Russell was also involved in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, co-authoring the 2017 report. 

Prior to joining Gartner, Russell spent 15 years at IBM in storage product development as a software engineer in mainframe storage and as a manager of product development, architecture and strategy teams for distributed systems storage solutions.

Co-CEO and president of Veeam,Peter McKay, says that Dave’s resume speaks for itself. "He is one of the most prominent figures in the industry, and to have him join Veeam at such an exciting time in our growth is a testament to the company’s momentum in the market."

Russell also comments: “This is a great opportunity to apply my 28 years of thought leadership experience in an industry that is evolving rapidly as enterprises manage the challenges of data hyper-criticality, hyper-growth and hyper-sprawl."

“Customers are struggling to effectively manage and protect exponential data volumes, and I am looking forward to advising them on a smooth journey towards intelligent data management, allowing them to accelerate innovation and bring new digital services to market faster.”

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