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Alex Bouzari

HPCwire's People to Watch 2012

Alex Bouzari

Alex Bouzari
CEO, DataDirect Networks

The visionary, co-founder, and CEO of DataDirect Networks (DDN), Bouzari brings more than twenty years of experience in the storage industry and a wealth of knowledge in running profitable, fast growth technology companies.

The leader of the largest privately held information storage company, globally, Bouzari is considered by many to be the leading expert in the fields of high performance, high capacity scalable storage and data management. Bouzari was a pioneer in the field of ‘Big Data’ well over a decade ago, before the term ever existed, and his expertise in delivering solutions to effectively manage the big data explosion are unparalleled. It will be fascinating to watch the direction Bouzari guides DDN and it’s technology next, not only over the course of this year but well beyond.

Under his experienced leadership, the company has flourished and is growing at a phenomenal rate. DataDirect Networks holds the coveted distinction of powering more than 60 percent of the world’s 100 fastest computers, and is recognized by IDC as the world’s largest private storage systems company. DDN was also recently named by Inc. Magazine as America’s fastest-growing computer company, with more than $100 million in annual revenue, and by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the Los Angeles area for the second year in a row.

Prior to co-founding DataDirect Networks, Mr. Bouzari served as CEO of Personal Writer, Inc., and co-founder of MegaDrive Systems, Inc. Mr. Bouzari holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering and Economics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), with graduate studies in Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University.

When Alex isn’t madly and passionately chasing his first true love… Big Data, he’s pursuing his lifelong passions around the arts and the pursuit of human excellence. To this end, he’s a member of several organizations and societies which reflect his passions, these include: Managing Director and Angel Contributor of the Los Angeles Opera, Member of Board of Overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Member of Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Hospital Los Angeles, Associate Member of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry, Fellow at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, Sustaining Fellow for the Frick Collection in New York, Patron of the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Patron of the Metropolitan Opera New York, Benefactor of Parsa, and he’s also a Benefactor of the X Prize Foundation.

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