Nitrosphere develops zero-configuration products that accelerate, secure, and reduce costs of SQL Server applications over the WAN or cloud. Your end users will be satisfied, your data will be secure, and you’ll save on recurring bandwidth costs. This is what we have been doing for nearly a decade. We focus on delivering these solutions through partners such as MSPs, OEMs and VARs around the world. Even so, we have over 40 direct customers worldwide that we nurture carefully and that help us to validate and deliver further innovations to market.


Co-Founder, CEO

Fred Johannessen is the CEO and co-founder of Nitrosphere. With over 30 years of experience in software, Fred has held a wide range of roles from VP of International Sales & Alliances at HEAT Software recently and similar roles at BMC Software, and ScienceLogic, a startup. He has also led $200M plus lines of business and helped drive companies into new markets. Fred is a thought leader having built thriving user communities and ecosystems, is widely published and has a patent award. Fred began his career as a software developer after graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in math and computer science.




Mark Wright has spent much of his career pioneering database management products at companies including BMC Software and Quest Software, where he developed the industry leading products Change Manager and LiteSpeed for SQL Server. He currently has three patents pending, covering virtualization and compression technologies. From learning to push the limits of hardware before even entering high school, Mark has continued to use his skills to get the most performance possible out of the hardware available.

Co-Founder, Chief Architect

Emily Bersin is co-founder and Chief Architect of Nitrosphere. She has spent her career building database management products, with a focus on performance optimization. In particular, she enjoys bringing new technologies to market. Her tenure working on database products began at Imceda Software, later acquired by Quest. In her most recent role as Product Architect at Idera, she oversaw a number of projects including SQL Safe Backup, an industry leader in the SQL Server enterprise backup space. She graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a dual degree in Computer Science and Spanish and is an NCAA All-American in track and field.




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