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Model9 Builds Growth Advisory Board to Support Company in Critical Period for Digital Transformation of Mainframe Organizations

Mainframe-dependent organizations show growing interest in cloud adoption, digital & analytics transformation, and hybrid options but awareness of modern enabling technologies lag

NEW YORK, NY — June 22, 2021 — Model9, a pioneer of cloud management for mainframe data, has announced the launch of its new Growth Advisory Board to help guide the company in its global expansion and deepen industry awareness of its unique data movement and management capabilities.

The inaugural members of the board each boast impressive credentials and have experiences in digital & analytics transformation, mainframe, and cloud technologies that are highly relevant to Model9’s mission of liberating mainframe data and integrating cloud and mainframe to better meet enterprise IT and business transformation needs.

Brian Householder, former President and CEO of Hitachi Vantara, is a respected tech executive with experience leading both startups and large, multi-billion dollar organizations and a leading voice in the conversation surrounding AI, big data, analytics, and IoT.

Norm Judah, former Worldwide Services CTO at Microsoft, currently Evangelist, Strategy & Leadership Advisor, is a leading technology voice who spent nearly three decades working as a CTO with Microsoft.

Andy Walter, former SVP IT at Procter & Gamble, has over 15 years working on boards and in board-level advisory roles. He focuses on disruptive innovators in the digital transformation, data, and analytics space. He also holds numerous board & CEO strategic-level advisory roles at both nonprofit and private organizations.

“Brian, Norm, and Andy have priceless perspectives and insights into the trends that are reshaping the mainframe environment and the concerns of the world’s largest enterprises,” said Model9 CEO, Gil Peleg. “We believe they will help us clarify and sharpen our offerings and underscore the importance of this moment of transformation in the market,” he added.

“Mainframe data has been trapped from most enterprise digital, data, and analytics transformations,” said Andy Walter. “Model9 not only accelerates hybrid options for data protection, but fundamentally changes the game for enterprises with mainframes still core to their IT landscape.”

Norm Judah continued, “Model9 not only provides a solution for a cloud-based, air-gap copy of mainframe data for security and reliability, but also opens up the possibilities for additional cloud-based analytics merging mainframe data with heterogeneous cloud data.”

“Model 9 is a game changer for the industry,” Brian Householder added. “Enterprises can now leverage their mainframe data in the context of their overall cloud, analytic, and AI strategy.”

Model9’s patented and proven Cloud Data Manager for Mainframe modernizes mission-critical data operations and offers a seamless software-based solution to discover, move, transform, and manage mainframe data in any private or public cloud.

Model9, recently named a “Gartner Cool Vendor,” is the only solution that eliminates the need for legacy tape and VTL solutions while enabling direct access to mainframe data in the cloud without affecting mainframe applications. Bridging the gap between mainframe and cloud is a major innovation that eradicates decades of previously accepted mainframe hardware limitations and opens up an entire world of possibilities for technology leaders.


Model9 modernizes mainframe data management and business intelligence in enterprises to help them benefit from cloud economics and accelerate the adoption of hybrid cloud technologies. Its patented software-only technology securely delivers mainframe data to any cloud or on-premises storage platform, eliminating physical and virtual tape alike, and enabling secure integration with advanced analytics tools. Model9 is trusted by the world’s leading financial institutions, government agencies, and transportation companies.

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