Founded in 1998, DataDirect Networks (DDN) is a provider of large storage systems for unstructured data and big data environments. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, USA, has about 650 employees, and in 2011 called itself the largest privately held information storage company. DDN provides storage for applications such as, cloud storage services, supercomputing, life sciences and genomics, seismic processing, financial service trade and risk analysis, film production, live television broadcast, manufacturing, and video surveillance. Competition includes EMC Corporation, NetApp, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and others. The company was originally founded in 1988 under the name MegaDrive Systems. MegaDrive merged with ImpactData, in 1998, to create DataDirect Networks. Alex Bouzari is the company’s CEO, chairman and co-founder. Paul Bloch is president and co-founder.