Welcome to the DataGravity Website

We aren’t sharing the specifics of what we are up to yet, but we will closer to launch. When I thought about my first blog post, I wondered what would be interesting to share.  The question I am asked most often, after saying no comment about what DataGravity is specifically doing, is where the name DataGravity came from and at high level what is our mission.

So I’ll dedicate to my first post to answering those questions.

The idea behind DataGravity and our name.

A famous database researcher did a presentation about the gravitational pull between applications and data. He asserted that every time people tried to pull them apart there was a force of nature that pulled them back together. At the time he theorized that computers should be as close as possible to the data.  This was when SANs were starting to catch on.  I read the presentation, and a paper that went into more details on the theory in 2001 when I was starting EqualLogic.  The concept stuck with me, and I bought the DataGravity.com URL in 2004, knowing someday I would work in this area. I have been talking about the concept for years.

When I started to think about my next adventure after leaving Dell/EqualLogic, I started to research the Data Intelligence landscape. I wondered if the gravitational pull expanded beyond the physical locality of the application and the data, to the intelligence extracted from the data. Are there advantages for the intelligence derived from the data to be in close proximity to the data itself? Answering this question led me on the journey to start DataGravity with my Co-Founder John Joseph.

We can’t wait to share the surprising results we found as we answered these questions.

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Paula Long

Paula Long is the CEO and co-founder of DataGravity. She previously co-founded storage provider EqualLogic, which was acquired by Dell for $1.4 billion in 2008. She remained at Dell as vice president of storage until 2010. Prior to EqualLogic, she served in engineering management positions at Allaire Corporation and oversaw the ClusterCATS product line at Bright Tiger Technologies. She is a graduate of Westfield State College.