Qumulo co-founder and CTO Peter Godman has left the company

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Qumulo co-founder Peter Godman. (GeekWire photo)

Peter Godman, co-founder and chief technology officer at storage startup Qumulo, is no longer with the company, GeekWire has learned.

Qumulo confirmed Godman’s departure in a statement from CEO Bill Richter, which did not get into details. “On behalf of the whole team here at Qumulo, I want to thank him and wish him the best on a well deserved break, time with his family and his next adventure,” Richter said in the statement, after employees at its Seattle headquarters were told Tuesday that Godman was out.

A Qumulo representative did not respond to follow-up questions after emailing the statement in response to an inquiry.

Qumulo co-founder Peter Godman, left, and former Isilon executive Bill Richter, right. (Photo / Qumulo)

Godman was the founding CEO of Qumulo in 2012, moving over to CTO when Richter joined the company in 2016. Qumulo’s storage systems are designed for customers that need to store huge amounts of files, and in the past companies buying this kind of storage have found it difficult to scale as their businesses grow. That led to the development of the Qumulo File Fabric, which runs on custom Qumulo hardware, hardware from HPE, and on Amazon Web Services.

The company has raised $230 million over the last few years, and it’s not clear how the ongoing surge in cloud computing has affected its business.

Qumulo introduced the cloud-based version of its product just last year, and AWS already offers its own file-storage cloud service. Godman told me last year that Qumulo’s service was better at scaling than AWS, and the trend toward hybrid cloud strategies works in the company’s favor, but fewer and fewer companies are ordering hardware for data centers these days.

Another prominent Qumulo executive, Ken Cheney, also left the company in recent months after joining last September, according to his LinkedIn profile. Cheney landed at Qumulo after several years in sales and marketing positions at Chef.


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