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By | Chris Mellor 29th July 2016 05:02

XtremIO soap opera latest: Cofounder Ehud Rokach steps aside

Former CEO to spend more time with his family after hiring his own replacement

Ehud Rokach, XtremIO's general manager and previously CEO before EMC bought it, is going to take a break from the biz he cofounded.

His replacement is Dan Inbar, once CEO at N-trig, which Microsoft acquired, and a SanDisk exec. EMC announced Inbar’s appointment as CEO of XtremIO this week in Israel, where XtremIO is headquartered.

Inbar’s LinkedIn page says he has been XtremIO boss since May. Rokach still lists himself as XtremIO senior veep and general manager. We're told Rokach recruited Inbar and will work alongside the new CEO during a handover period lasting some months before stepping away to spend more time with family.

An EMC spokesperson said: "Ehud did not resign and is still with EMC. He hired Dan to lead the XtremIO team. Ehud spent eight years of his life building XtremIO and is ready to spend time with family.

"He has been working with Dan on the transition and will continue to work with him in the coming months. Ehud, Dan and the team are working to finish the next major release of XtremIO; there is a tremendous amount of pride around it."

Another XtremIO data point we are hearing is that there will be a major release in 2017, probably in the first quarter.

We understand that the product had strong year-over-year growth in both the first and second quarters of this year. There have been significant new deployments and big wins over large and small competitors.

El Reg hears that EMC believes fervently that one size does not fit all in flash arrays, and thus has a quartet of all-flash array products in its line-up; XtremIO, DSSD, VMAX all-flash and Unity all-flash (with an all-flash Isilon scale-out filer being added in the future). ®

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