Karmasphere Expands Management Team With New Vice President Of Engineering

Abe Taha Brings Hadoop-based Analytics and Engineering Management Expertise from Ning, Google, Yahoo!

Menlo Park, CA—August 12, 2010 –Karmasphere™, the leader in Big Data Intelligence software, today announced the addition of Abe Taha as vice president of engineering, reporting to chief executive Martin Hall. Taha has responsibility for driving development and delivery of Karmasphere’s suite of Big Data Intelligence software solutions and becomes a member of the Karmasphere executive team. Taha brings significant engineering management experience from big data innovators including Ning, Google and Yahoo!

“We are thrilled to have someone with Abe’s range of hands-on experience managing our engineering team. Abe’s background is uniquely suited to leading a team dedicated to providing software designed from the ground up for Hadoop-based data analytics. From his years with early creators and users of Hadoop and MapReduce, such as Yahoo! and Google, he brings us invaluable insights and knowledge,” said Martin Hall, chief executive of Karmasphere.

Engineering Management and Hadoop-based Analytics Experience

Most recently, Taha was senior director of engineering for Ask.com where he led engineering for all Dictionary.com properties. Prior, Taha was director of engineering at Ning where he worked on Hadoop-based solutions for Ning users and led development of the Ning data services platform and systems management services. Previously, Taha managed development for the Google Apps Infrastructure at Google, and while at Yahoo! served as senior engineering manager for several units including Del.icio.us, Social Search Platform, Search Front-End Platform and Listings Platform. In addition, Taha has held engineering positions at technology companies including CNA eBusiness, Scient and Jackson Software.

Taha has completed course requirements for a PhD and holds a MS in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University.

Taha, the recipient of numerous academic awards and fellowships also holds a patent for development of a search engine with augmented relevance ranking by community participation.

About Karmasphere

Karmasphere is a big data intelligence software company bringing Apache Hadoop power to developers and analysts. Karmasphere enables companies to unlock the competitive advantages within their large datasets by providing an easy-to-use class of client-side software. Karmasphere’s products, built around the Karmasphere Application Framework™, feature independence across any Hadoop environment, easy one-click deployment across any cloud/cluster, and a rich and friendly user-interface to maximize productivity, discovery and insight. For more information please see www.karmasphere.com.

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