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Tacit Turns Up CEO

File-caching startup Tacit Networks Inc. has recruited Greg Grodhaus as president and CEO, hoping his 34 years in the technology industry will help it land some enterprise-size sales (see Tacit Hires CEO).

Grodhaus previously was CEO of Inrange Technologies, which has since been acquired by CNT (Nasdaq: CMNT). He takes over for Tacit founder Tim Williams, who will remain chairman of the company (see CNT Walks Off With Inrange and Inrange CEO Exits).

"For about a year I was saying, 'We're the McData or Inrange of this space,' and in walks the guy who took Inrange public," Williams tells Byte and Switch. Before starting Tacit, Williams founded NAS software firm CrosStor Software, which he sold to EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) in November 2000.

Tacit sells storage caching appliances, which the company claims allows files to be encrypted and shared over a WAN as if they were on a LAN. Conceptually, it's similar to Web caching, except that with Tacit's system the cached data is live, meaning users can write to it as well as read it. The system requires two different components: the Tacit Cache Server, which sits in front of a NAS system at the data center, for a list price of $22,500; and the Tacit Cache Appliance, which connects to a Cache Server via a proprietary protocol and serves data to local clients via NFS or CIFS, priced at $21,500 apiece.

"We've passed many months of beta stage. The final version is with the customer base, and we're trying to win some business now," Grodhaus says. So far, Tacit hasn't made any sales; the company wouldn't name customers beta testing the product.

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