Posted by Larry Dignan @ 5:01 am
February 5th, 2009
Steve Wozniak, best known for creating Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976, has a new gig now: Chief scientist at Fusion-io, an enterprise storage company. Wozniak had been an advisor to the company.
Fusion-io described Wozniak’s role as the following:
Wozniak will act as a key technical advisor to the Fusion-io research and development group. He will also work closely with the executive team of Fusion-io in formulating a company strategy that will accelerate the expansion of major global accounts.
For his part Wozniak said he believed that Fusion-io’s technology is “extremely useful” to multiple applications and “almost all of the world’s servers.”
In many respects, Wozniak could become a pitchman for solid state drives in data centers. Fusion-io has three products: ioDrive, a direct-attached solid state storage drive; ioSAN, a networked enterprise solid-state drive; and ioXtreme, a consumer drive.
But the enterprise play is Fusion-io’s big pitch. The company is pushing solid state technology as a way to lower costs and increase the speed of storage deployments.