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ExtraHop Hires Former VMware, Microsoft Business Leaders

By Craig Galbraith
June 08, 2016 - News
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**Editor's Note: Click here to see which channel people were on the move in May.**

Seattle-based ExtraHop, which provides real-time wire data analytics, has two new tech veterans on its leadership team.

ExtraHop's John LeonThe first is John Leon, who takes on the role of VP of business development. He’s best known for his work at Puppet Labs, VMware and Intel, where he held a range of positions as an alliance manager.

“I’ve worked with and for many disruptive companies, and I know a game-changing product when I see it," said Leon. “For customers, the ExtraHop platform offers an unprecedented degree of visibility and control. For alliance partners it means seamless deployment and ongoing customer success. I look forward to deepening relationships with our existing technology partners and forging new ones that accelerate IT innovation." 

The other newby is Paul Sanford, whose background is in products and engineering with Microsoft and Splunk. He’ll lead the product management team at ExtraHop as a senior director.

ExtraHop's Paul Sanford“ExtraHop is championing wire data analytics to solve many of the issues IT organizations experience daily with expediency and ease," said Sanford. “The company’s technology fundamentally changes how businesses approach IT, and I’m looking forward to furthering our customers’ successes." 

Look for ExtraHop to tap the combined 34 years in IT leadership that Leon and Sanford bring to the company in order to further build its presence in IT operations analytics (ITOA), a category projected to grow at a CAGR or nearly 24 percent through 2020.

“ExtraHop is trailblazing the rapidly growing ITOA category, which requires a special breed of tech talent and entrepreneurial drive," said ExtraHop CEO Jesse Rothstein. “John and Paul bring insights and experience from some of the industry’s fastest growing companies. Their expertise will prove invaluable for partners and customers as we continue to drive innovation as the de facto platform for IT operations analytics."

Wire data comprises L2-L7 data spanning the application delivery chain. ExtraHop says unstructured data is reassembled into structured wire data that can be analyzed in real time and mined for insights to strengthen an ITOA strategy.

The company’s channel program is built for flexibility around level of partnership and partner benefits.

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