Management Team

Mark Cree - CEO and Founder

A veteran of routing and switching technology, Mark most recently worked with high-performance storage solutions. As the CEO of Storspeed, Mark had several patents filed related to storage caching. Mark led Cisco Systems entry into the storage networking market as the General Manager of Cisco Systems Storage Router Business Unit. Mark joined Cisco Systems through the acquisition of NuSpeed, a company he founded that delivered the first commercial iSCSI storage over IP product which became the foundation of a multi-billion dollar market. Between 1989 and 1995 Mark was part of a team that delivered one of the first IP routers and firewalls at technology pioneer Network Systems Corporation (NSC). Mark holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a BS in MIS from the University of Minnesota.

Jay Rolette - Vice President of Engineering and Founder

A packet processing and security technology veteran, Jay was most recently the Chief Technologist of HP TippingPoint, a network security company acquired by 3Com in 2005, which was subsequently acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2010.  Jay was part of the core team that developed the industry's first inline, bump-on-a-wire, high-speed network intrusion prevention system (IPS). During his 12 years at TippingPoint, Jay worked in a number of different roles including software developer, systems architect, and Director of Software Engineering. Prior to TippingPoint, Jay was the Director of Professional Services at Emerald Technologies. Prior to Emerald, Jay held several engineering positions at IBM. Jay studied Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University and is an inventor on a number of patents in the areas of networking, network security and high-speed packet processing systems.

David Sommers – Vice President of Operations and Founder

David has been there and done that, most recently being the Vice President of Systems and Software at NetEffect developing a RDMA 10Gb NIC product which was acquired by Intel. Prior to NetEffect, David joined Vitesse as the Vice President of RAID ASIC development. David spent 19 years with Adaptec, as the Vice President of Engineering, responsible for the development of RAID ASIC's, TCP/IP offload solutions (TOE), multiport Ethernet adapters, iSCSI, CR and encryption. David built and led multinational Engineering teams of over 300 in the US, Singapore and India in every discipline of Engineering. Early in his career David worked at Atari with Noland Bushnell and Steve Jobs. David did his Undergraduate Studies in Engineering at Chabot College.

Advisory Board

Dean Drako

Dean Drako founded Eagle Eye Networks in 2012, leading it to be the first cloud-based video surveillance company to provide both cloud and on-premise recording. Dean was previously founder, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, where he created the industry’s first email security appliance in 2003 and subsequently grew the company to more than 140 products, 150,000 customers and approximately 1000 employees. Dean was also the founder of Boldfish, a leading provider of enterprise messaging solutions that was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2003. Dean was also founder, President and CEO of Design Acceleration, Inc (DAI), a maker of superior design analysis and verification tools, which was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1998. Dean received his BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.

Steve Duplessie

Steve is the founder and senior analyst at ESG and is an internationally recognized expert in IT infrastructure technologies and markets. An acclaimed speaker and author, Steve’s insights have been featured in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, USA Today, China Daily, The Moscow Times, and many other print and online publications. Steve is a valued strategic advisor to many of the largest technology providers in the world, including IBM, HP, Dell, EMC, NetApp, HDS, and other global IT organizations. A much sought-after speaker at conferences and industry events worldwide, Steve is known for his pull-no-punches, straight-shooting style. Steve’s presentations are renowned for being educational, opinionated, thought-provoking, and entertaining. They often draw standing-room-only capacity crowds. Prior to founding ESG, Steve was the founder and CEO of Invincible Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of fault-tolerant NAS systems. Before founding ITC, Steve started and ran a storage peripherals business unit at Clearpoint Research Corp., and he began his career at EMC. Steve holds a B.S. degree from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Asher Waldfogel

Asher is a serial entrepreneur, technology and business innovator, and creative disruptor. Currently advising companies from inception to publicly traded on innovation and business strategy. Asher was a founding engineer at Wellfleet Communications (acquired by Bay Networks), a founder and CTO at Redback Networks (acquired by Ericsson), a founder and CTO at Tollbridge Technologies and a founder and CEO at Peakstream (acquired by Google). He has partnered with several venture capital firms that include Accel Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Matrix Partners, MDV and Sequoia Capital. Asher is active on for-profit and not-for-profit boards. Asher is a commercial multi-engine pilot flying a Beech Baron. Asher holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and an SM in Philosophy from MIT.