Former Hypertec honchos Colin Lillywhite and Geoff O'Reilly have resurfaced at the helm of startup Platypus Technology, officially launched yesterday.
The company is banking its success on a range of RAM-based solid state drives designed to improve PC and server performance. Its products, QikCACHE, QikDRIVE and QikDATA, are distributed by newly appointed partner Express Data.
Lillywhite indicated the move to Platypus was not difficult given Hypertec's memory-driven history; however, working for a startup presents unique challenges. "If you get the chance to put together a business from scratch it's extremely rewarding but bloody hard work."
Lillywhite said resellers will have the opportunity to integrate the drives into solutions into mostly server-based environments supporting websites, databases and caching proxy servers.
Platypus Technology evolved from Hypertec's research and development group which was left behind when the company's memory business was sold in September 1999.
"With memory prices decreasing, Hypertec was at the time looking at other ways of using memory products. Memory prices have dropped by more than 300 per cent over the last three years and opened up opportunities for using memory in ways that wouldn't have been economical before," Lillywhite explained.