US storage vendor INFINIDAT has hired former EMC sales manager James Byrne as part of its Australian expansion. Byrne joins the four-year-old company as country manager for Australian and New Zealand and will be based out of INFINIDAT’s new Melbourne office. Prior to joining INFINIDAT, Byrne was EMC’s Isilon district manager for ANZ for over two years, and Unified and Isilon storage manager for a year. Byrne said INFINIDAT has already signed three partners in Melbourne, one in Sydney and two in Perth, pending an Australian launch. Arrow has also been signed on to distribute in Australia and New Zealand.