Valhalla Adds Storage Hotshot Farah Giga

Valhalla Partners has hired 28-year-old Farah Giga away from HP, adding her as the firm’s newest principal.

Giga began working in data storage technology in 2002, as a 19-year-old Stanford University student. That year she sealed a job with Hitachi Data Systems. She stayed with the company through her undergraduate degree and two master’s degrees from Stanford, working across software development, technical marketing and architecture. Giga started at Hewlett-Packard in 2009, and most notably served as integration lead following the acquisition of 3PAR, which at $2.35 billion, was the largest in the history of HP Storage.

At Valhalla, Giga will focus on investments in “next-generation infrastructure,” which includes cloud computing and big data. “We aren’t picking technology so much as a big wave,” says Valhalla General Partner Charles Curran. “Everybody is going to rebuild their data centers for the cloud because it’s cheaper.”

Valhalla has already placed some solid bets in cloud computing: SolidFire, Boulder, Colo.-based cloud computing storage platform, raised its first institutional round last summer from Valhalla and Novak Biddle Venture Partners. Another cloud company, Nirvanix, based in San Diego, has raised at least $40 from investors including Valhalla, Intel Capital and Mission Ventures.

Valhalla is investing out of its second fund, which closed at the end of 2006 with $260 million. Curran says the firm still has roughly $100 million for new investments, and that it will continue to add to its investment team.

(Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated where SolidFire is based.)