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Troika Tries on New Head

Troika Networks is putting on a new face -- or rather, a new head -- as it attempts to land OEM partners for its Network Storage Services (NSS) platform. The company has hired Doug Rainbolt, previously VP of McData Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MCDTA) switch product groups, as its new president and CEO (see Troika Taps Rainbolt as CEO).

Rainbolt is taking over the CEO chair from Troika founder Bill Terrell, who will return to his previous position of chief technology officer after a year and a half at the helm of the company (see Troika CEO Quits).

Bill is a very, very strong cornerstone of this company, and will continue to be so,” Rainbolt says. “We’re going to work side by side.”

The shift for Troika’s top management comes at a time when the startup is hungrily looking for OEM partners to latch onto its NSS platform technology. The platform, which is Troika’s second attempt at hitting the storage jackpot, combines the scaleability of an intelligent switch with the flexibility of an application appliance, Rainbolt says (see Can Troika Triumph on Take Two?).

The company created the platform after its first SCSI-to-Fibre Channel HBA software flop, which ended early last year when JNI Corp. (Nasdaq: JNIC) bought all the intellectual property rights to the technology on the cheap (see JNI Buys Troika's HBA Software).

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