Ottawa-based BTI Systems Inc. has named software industry veteran Tod Nielsen to the company’s board of directors. Nielsen recently helped establish the EMC/VMware spin-off Pivotal Initiative. Prior to that he was with VMware, Borland and Microsoft. BTI, a provider of intelligent networking software and systems, has been venture-backed since 2000. Its investors include Bain Capital Ventures, BDC Venture Capital, Covington Funds, Export Development Canada, GrowthWorks and Kodiak Venture Partners.
BTI Systems Adds Former VMware Executive Tod Nielsen to Board of Directors
Internationally Respected Industry Leader and Former VMware Co-President of Applications Platform Group Brings Significant Software, Cloud Computing and Big Data Market Expertise
OTTAWA and BOSTON, April 16, 2013 – Following closely on BTI Systems’ introduction ofIntelligent Cloud Connect – an open, software-rich platform designed to significantly improve cloud networking performance by combining network intelligence and application awareness with significantly expanded capacity and scale – the company today announced that software industry visionary Tod Nielsen is joining its board of directors.
Based in Silicon Valley and globally recognized for his combination of strategic vision and operational capabilities, Nielsen most recently helped establish the Pivotal Initiative, the highly anticipated and closely watched EMC/VMware spin-off focusing on cloud computing and Big Data. Prior to that he was with VMware, where he served as co-president of applications platform group and, earlier, as chief operating officer.
With cloud network traffic expected to increase 6-fold by 2016, Nielsen brings world-class applications and software industry leadership to BTI’s board. In February, the company expanded its portfolio with a first-of-its-kind platform, Intelligent Cloud Connect, which empowers content and service providers to capitalize more fully on opportunities in cloud services delivery. Combining software intelligence with the flexibility of routing and the capacity and scale of optical, BTI’s new platform unlocks the bottleneck between and among data centers, peering points and users. Notably, it quadruples capacity and scale, reduces latency by half, and increases network applications performance by as much as 10 times. It does so while significantly improving operational efficiencies, network control and service innovation compared to legacy solutions.
“The rapid adoption of cloud computing represents one of the most important and promising shifts for customers and vendors alike,” said Nielsen. “With this comes the demand for new and better architectures to greatly improve the performance of the underlying network and to fuel current and new service offerings. I’m excited to join the board at a time when BTI’s vision, strategy, technology and partnerships are enabling the company to establish its role as a key player in this new ecosystem.”
Nielsen has held a series of high-profile positions during the past two decades. Prior to the Pivotal Initiative and VMware, he served as the CEO of Borland Corporation. Earlier, he held the positions of senior vice president of marketing and global sales support for Oracle and executive vice president and chief marketing officer for BEA Systems. He is a member of the board of directors at CyrusOne Inc, MyEdu and Club Holdings LLC.
“BTI is making cloud computing a reality for our content and service provider customers – fueled by the vision, strategy and next-generation innovations required to fundamentally transform their businesses and the services they offer,” said BTI President and CEO Steve Waszak. “We’re thrilled to have a proven thought leader of Tod’s caliber and expertise join us at a time when BTI is entering our next phase of substantial expansion. It comes on the heels of announcing a new round of growth capital, an innovative SDN-enabled platform that represents a new market category for our industry, and expanding our established presence in Silicon Valley. Gaining Tod’s contribution to our vision and direction is a significant competitive advantage.”
About BTI Systems
BTI delivers solutions that transform the economics, performance and innovation of global networks through intelligent networking software and systems. Leading content, cloud and service providers choose BTI to drive improved operational efficiencies and profitably deliver high-value services to businesses and consumers around the globe. With more than 350 customers, BTI is headquartered in North America, and operates regional sales, marketing, and R&D centers of excellence throughout the world. For more information, visitwww.btisystems.com.
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