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Azul Systems Announces Sun HPTC Vet Shahin Khan As VP, CMO

Azul Systems Inc announced that Shahin Khan has joined the company as vice president and chief marketing officer. A well-respected industry luminary, Khan is responsible for all aspects of marketing and strategy and driving the company's vision of network attached processing into the market.

"Shahin's brilliant track record speaks for itself," said Stephen DeWitt, president and CEO of Azul Systems. "His unprecedented understanding of the industry, coupled with his ability to execute and straightforward approach have earned him the trust of customers, investors, industry analysts and the Azul team. We are fortunate to have him during this period of intense company growth and development."

"Azul Systems is the hottest company in enterprise computing today with the right talent and resources to create a new category in computing," said Khan. "Partnering with industry heavy-weights, we are bringing a unique solution to customers with immediate and dramatic impact, a disarmingly risk-free value proposition."

Prior to joining Azul Systems, Khan held senior-level positions at Sun Microsystems, most recently as vice president of the High Performance and Technical Computing business unit responsible for Sun's visualization products, government program office, and Grid-Everywhere program. During his tenure at Sun, he also led the creation and field deployment of some of Sun's other well-known programs such as Project Blue-Away, Capacity-on-Demand, Server Consolidation, Mainframe Affinity, SUPerG users' performance group conference, and Sun's Data Center Summit sales/channel events.

Khan also served as Sun's chief competitive officer and a corporate spokesperson, responsible for creating market strategies and competitive programs covering the systems, storage, software, systems integration, financing, hosting, and IT consulting industries. As Sun's vice president of product marketing for computer systems, he led a senior cross-company team and was responsible for industry-standard performance benchmarking, Sun's reference architecture initiative, and the worldwide launch of the UltraSPARC microprocessor and the complete line of Sun Blade and Sun Fire systems.

Prior to Sun Microsystems, Khan held management positions with Cray Research, and Floating Point Systems, including a stint at the Cornell National Supercomputing Facility. Khan is a graduate of Cornell University and the author of several papers on parallel processing and large-scale systems.

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