Thursday, September 18th, 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Gridstore?, the leader in converged infrastructure architecture purpose-built for Hyper-V announced today that George Symons, Gridstore CEO, has been named to this year's Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive list, featuring the industry's most influential vendor executives who serve midmarket and midsize customers. The list shines a spotlight on the professionals driving one of the most important customer segments in the industry today.

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George Symons is a long-term highly successful leader in the storage industry bringing over 20-years of experience to his role as a member of the Gridstore board of directors and its current CEO. George previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Nexsan, resulting in its acquisition by Imation. Before Nexsan he held executive roles in storage companies including Xiotech Corporation (COO), EvoStor (CEO), Yosemite Technologies (CEO), EMC (CTO Information Management), and Legato (CTO, VP of Development and Product Management).

Throughout his career in high-tech, George has established a reputation as a thoughtful compassionate executive who exemplifies what it means to be a "student of the industry." He leads by example and is constantly challenging himself and his teams to stay abreast of emerging technologies, market trends and the mid-markets' customers' needs and pains and striving to address these in a positive pro-active manner. Witnessed by his current executive team, most of whom have worked with him in numerous previous companies, his style of total transparency, trust and praise engenders an extremely high level of loyalty.

"I am honored to be recognized by The Midsize Enterprise Summit team as one of the top executives in the storage marketplace," said George Symons, CEO, Gridstore. "Receiving this award validates our value proposition for our partners and customers in the mid-market, delivering innovative storage solutions that aid them in maintaining their competitive advantage. Our software-defined storage (SDS) solutions that are purpose-built and optimized for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, are well suited to address the challenges of this market segment by providing them the ideal high-performance, massively scalable solutions they demand."

"The executives named and the companies they represent serve the midmarket with unwavering commitment, and are dedicated to creating solutions that meet the unique needs of this market," said Robert C. DeMarzo, Senior Vice President of Strategic Content, XChange Events. "Our Midsize Enterprise Summit is an ideal venue to honor these deserving leaders, and we congratulate each executive on their success."

The Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive list was unveiled at the Midsize Enterprise Summit (MES), September 14-16 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, TX. In addition, the list of executives is featured in a slideshow on, a leading source for IT industry news. Visit for access to the slideshow.

About Gridstore
Gridstore? is the leader in converged infrastructure architecture purpose built for Hyper-V that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller? Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized? Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore's performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few as 3 nodes and then can grow one or more at a time to deliver a cost effective scale-as-you-grow solution. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA. its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers. For more information, please visit:

XChange Events
Part of The Channel Company family, XChange Events connects sellers and users of technology through a diverse number of live and virtual events, designed to help attendees share best practices, network with peers and gain exclusive market intelligence from industry editors and analysts. Organized into three categories, XChange Events offers channel events, IT executive events and on demand virtual events to address every aspect of today's evolving IT market. For more information, please visit:

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