HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Graylog, Inc., the company behind the popular Graylog open source log management platform, today announced that Chris Smith has joined its leadership team as Vice President of Marketing. Smith has more than 18 years of experience in building and growing both open source and commercial software companies. He will lead Graylog’s global marketing strategies, execution, and brand awareness, as well as drive initiatives to expand and support the Graylog open-source community.
“Chris Smith is a proven marketing executive with an extensive track record of success growing software start-ups and building engaged user communities,” said Michael Sklar, CEO of Graylog. “Chris has been consulting with us on go-to-market strategies for expanding the Graylog user base. We’re excited to have him join our executive team as a full-time member.”
Smith joins Graylog from Zenoss, a leading developer of open source and commercial IT monitoring software, where he was Chief Marketing Officer and oversaw the revival of its user community (zenoss.org), producing double-digit growth in engagement levels and download volumes for the first time in five years. Previously, he was Vice President of Product and Partner Marketing for Quest Software, which was acquired by Dell. As VP of Marketing and Product Management for Alert Logic, he repositioned the regional MSSP into a first mover in the then emerging security-as-a-service market. He has also held leadership positions with Bindview, a provider of IT Security and Compliance software (acquired by Symantec), Postini, a provider of email security services (acquired by Google), NetIQ, a vendor of systems and security management solutions (acquired by AttachmateWRQ), PentaSafe Security Technologies, a security management software vendor (acquired by NetIQ), and BMC Software, a provider of ebusiness systems management software. Smith holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Rice University.
“Everyone knows that unstructured machine data is valuable for helping to detect and troubleshoot IT performance problems. However, most companies haven’t taken advantage of this rich source of information because commercial log analysis software has always been very expensive,” said Chris Smith. “Graylog is using the open source business model to transform the economics of log management technology, and is well positioned to capture a large share of this market. It’s a great time to be an open source provider in this space, so I’m very excited about joining the Graylog management team.”
Graylog provides service and support for the open source Graylog solution which stores, searches, and analyzes machine data collected from IT infrastructures and applications. The company enables organizations, at a fraction of the cost, to improve IT operations efficiency, security, and reduce the cost of IT. Graylog has received funding from multiple investors and is based in Houston, Texas. For more information visit: https://www.graylog.org