Big news for ‘Big Data’ company Clustrix today. Clustrix, which was initially financed by Y Combinator back in 2006 and went on to raise $12 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, USVP and ATA Ventures, has gotten to a point where it apparently has enough klout to convince a former top Hewlett-packard (HP) executive to join the venture as its new leader.

Clustrix this morning announced that it has appointed Robin Purohit as president and CEO.

At HP, Purohit was a vice president and general manager of the company’s $3 billion portfolio of IT management, information management, and application security products.

Purohit has more than 20 acquisitions under his belt, too, and has been an executive leader for these three major exits: CANSTAR Communications to HP (1994), VERITAS to Symantec (2005) and Mercury to HP (2007).

Purohit will succeed Clustrix co-founder Paul Mikesell, who will stay on as VP of Strategy and Technology.

Based in San Francisco with offices in Seattle and London, Clustrix has developed a database appliance that solves database scalability challenges for the ‘newSQL’ market. You can learn more about its product here and here.



Clustrix, Inc. has created a new category called Clustered Database Systems (CDS) for Internet-scale applications. Clustrix has developed a unique technology that combines the fully relational, ACID-compliant functionality of SQL with the massive scalability and high-performance of NoSQL key-value stores.

Clustrix’s headquarters is located in San Francisco, California, at the historic corner of Post and Market Streets. The company is privately held, and is backed by Sequoia Capital, U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), and ATA Ventures.

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