Correct Solutions founder Wayne Small has hung up his channel shoes and joined storage vendor StorageCraft as its general manager of technical services for the Asia-Pacific region.
Small told CRN that he remained a shareholder of Correct Solutions and will have a part-time role there as he takes on the StorageCraft role.
StorageCraft Asia-Pacific vice-president, Richard Giddey, described Small's appointment as a "major coup".
"Wayne brings with him a wealth of diverse knowledge and is a highly respected industry expert who will be instrumental in helping us accelerate our expansion in the Asia-Pacific market."
Small's IT experience spans 30 years with a recent focus on presenting, technical and business writing, and offering consulting services to small business IT professionals and a Microsoft small business specialist.
He handed over the business to Ryan Spillane in 2006, nine years after launching the company.
Earlier this year Small was surprised and angered by Microsoft's decision to stop the production of its Essential Business Server. He worked on its development for five years and invested heavily in the platform.
He was also not convinced that the company was headed exclusively to the cloud as declared by Steve Ballmer at the Worldwide Partner Conference this year. Ballmer told partners that if they don't want to move to the cloud, "we're not your folks".
Small said StorageCraft was recognised for its backup and disaster recovery and innovations such as head start restore and virtual boot, which reduced the impact on a business in the event of disaster.
StorageCraft said it has had experienced exponential growth of its ShadowProtect server, SBS and virtual server Editions over the past 12-18 months.
"Today, we are signing typically between 1000 and 2000 new customers a month in the Australian and New Zealand markets alone," Giddey said.
In 2007, CRN inducted Wayne into the CRN Hall of Fame for his community efforts.