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Will Saleen Sing?

Former SAN Valley CEO Bob Coackley resurfaces at helm of clustered Linux software startup

As SAN Valley Systems seemed to be sinking faster than the Titanic earlier this year, company president and CEO Robert Coackley jumped ship, hoping that "Saleen" would keep him afloat (see SAN Startups on the Block).

No, not Celine Dion. We're talking about Coackley's new company, Saleen Systems Inc., which is so new its umbilical cord has hardly been severed. The company, conceived in March and incorporated in May, has yet to start looking for its first round of funding.

Still, it's not too early for Coackley to claim that (much like Celine's mesmerizing tunes of love and loss) Saleen's technology vision is inspired (see Saleen Forms Advisory Board). The company will soon start developing software for Linux-based clustered computing.

"Our software is aimed at solving the management problems and aimed at improving scaleability for clustered computing," he says. "I think when we do get it out there in beta, people will be thrilled with it."

The Pleasanton, Calif., company emerged as if from thin air this week, announcing that it has formed an advisory board that comprises Robert Chun, an associate professor at San Jose State University, and Hank O'Hara, VP of strategic programs at Bell Microproducts (Nasdaq: BELM). Chan will advise Saleen on technical matters, while O'Hara will help the company with its sales and marketing strategies as it attempts to bring its product to market sometime next year, Coackley says.

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