Debra Chrapaty, who has served in infrastructure leadership positions for some of the Internet’s largest players, is now calling the shots for a cloud service provider. Chrapaty is departing Zynga, where she had been CIO, to become the chief executive officer at enterprise cloud storage specialist Nirvanix.
Chrapaty’s tenure at Zynga spanned the company’s effort to shift away from a heavy dependence upon cloud services, moving much of the gaming company’s infrastructure to in-house data centers. Her experience prior to Zynga included a stint as VP of Global Foundation Services for Microsoft . She also served as Senior VP of the software collaboration group at Cisco Systems and COO of E-TRADE Technologies.
Nirvanix provides cloud storage services focused on enterprises with massive amounts of large unstructured content files, and offers usage-based pricing across public, hybrid and private cloud storage deployments. Last year the company raised $25 million from backers including Khosla Ventures, Intel Capital, Valhalla Partners, Mission Ventures and Windward Ventures. Customers include Cerner Corporation, IBM, USC Digital Repository, National Geographic and Relativity Media.
“I believe there is room for innovation in the enterprise storage market,” said Chrapaty. “Nirvanix is already ahead of the game and differentiating services and gaining traction against some of the storage goliaths. Having built and run some of the industry’s largest cloud environments, I know the importance of secure, available, cost efficient infrastructure and storage. Now we have the chance to build a truly differentiated cloud offering and pass that value on to our enterprise customers. That’s exciting for me and, more important, for the industry.”