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Jamie Lerner, president of cloud systems and solutions, Seagate

Jamie Lerner, president of cloud systems and solutions, Seagate

Computer storage maker Seagate announced Monday that the company has hired ex-Cisco executive Jamie Lerner as president of cloud systems and solutions. Lerner, who most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of cloud and systems management technology group at Cisco, will help lead the company’s charge as it seeks to disrupt the cloud market with new storage technologies.

Lerner has spent the better part of  the past two decades working with software and services companies. Over the past five years he helped build Cisco’s service provider and network management business and led its expansion in the systems management and cloud computing segment.

Before that, he helped found CITTIO Inc., which developed enterprise software for system monitoring and management, and XUMA Inc., an application service provider particularly focused on e-Commerce companies.

“Seagate has been delivering innovative technology for decades and over that time has built a highly respected brand in the storage industry,” said Lerner, who joins the firm in March. “I look forward to leading Seagate’s cloud strategy in this exciting time for the company.”

News of the appointment arrives as Seagate looks to make a splash in the enterprise storage and cloud segment and unseat incumbent EMC. In October 2013 the company unveiled what it claimed to be a breakthrough software defined storage technology that can allegedly quadruple write performance; it’s currently being looked at by Dell, Yahoo and Rackspace among others.

“The transitions happening in cloud computing represent significant changes for the storage industry and we are expanding Seagate’s opportunities by advancing our technology portfolio for greater capacity and efficiency in hyperscale deployments,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate chairman and chief executive officer.

“We are confident Jamie is the right leader to drive this important next chapter for Seagate,” he added.