Northern Names Storage Veteran Steve Shotton to Head UK Operations

Increased Regional Presence to Strengthen Customer Relationships and Meet Growing Demand for Enterprise Data Management

Stockholm, Sweden – 6 May 2011 – NORTHERN
, global providers of Storage Resource Management solutions, today announces that it has appointed industry veteran Steve Shotton to provide dedicated support to customers across the UK.  Mr. Shotton will focus on assuring the continued delivery of first-class service to UK customers, while increasing support and resources for large enterprise accounts where the unchecked and explosive rise in user data -- particularly unstructured data -- poses the steepest challenges.

“The growth projections for unstructured data and storage make it imperative that organizations, especially large ones with unwieldy storage infrastructures,  adopt intelligent strategies that minimize the need for day-to-day management, contain costs, and make critical data readily available,"  says Jonas Areskoug, Northern’s CEO. “Our growing customer base in the UK, and the increased demand for robust enterprise-grade solutions, lead to bringing Steve onboard. His proven management skills, experience working with larger organizations and his understanding of the business challenges all organizations face when it comes to managing -- and using -- their data, will enable us to provide customers in the UK with the technical support and strategic direction they need."

Northern's increased presence in the UK follows the recent relocating of the company's US base of operations to Framingham, Massachusetts, as the company expands its global footprint while committing dedicated resources to key regions around the world.  

"Having focused exclusively on storage solutions for over a decade, I have a deep appreciation for the functionality, manageability and value that Northern Storage Suite delivers, particularly to large organizations that are swimming in vast pools of unstructured data,” said Steve Shotton. “I look forward to building strong, sustainable relationships with our key accounts, providing them with the support and resources needed for them to achieve maximum efficiency in their storage environment.”

Northern recently received the coveted “Challenger” designation in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the SRM market, outstripping other SRM vendors in its completeness of vision, its ability to execute, and its ability to identify and resolve customer pain points. Northern’s flagship product, Northern Storage Suite, is a software solution that enables organizations to constrain data growth, align the value of data with the cost of storage, and extend the life of storage infrastructure, making efficient storage usage a part of business culture. This is achieved through five areas of functionality: award-winning quotas, comprehensive reporting & trending, internal billing, automation & migration, and an end-user portal that encourages self-management. Northern Storage Suite provides multi-platform support, seamlessly integrating with NAS devices and SANs; there are also specific versions of the suite for EMC Celerra and NetApp NAS.

ABOUT NORTHERN
Northern is an international software company specializing in the development of reliable, flexible, and easy to use solutions for storage management. In October 2010 Gartner recognized Northern Storage Suite as challenger in their yearly ’Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource Management’. The company serves a global market through its six bases of operations, United States [Framingham, MA], Sweden [Stockholm], France [Paris], Finland [Helsinki], United Kingdom [London], and Italy [Turin]. For more information, visit: www.northern.net.



 

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