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February 7, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Elite Microsoft engineer to Splunk, Artale to Ignition (UPDATE)

Brad Lovering, one of Microsoft’s top engineers until he left last year, is heading a new Seattle office for Splunk, according to a report by Mary Jo Foley.

Lovering is now vice president of development platform with the San Francisco-based company, which provides an enterprise IT data management system used by thousands of customers.

During his 24 years at Microsoft, Lovering rose to become one of the company’s elite Technical Fellows.

Splunk investors include Bellevue’s Ignition Partners, a venture firm led by a number of Microsoft veterans.

UPDATE: Lovering told me he’ll be hiring five to 10 developers over the next year to work at Splunk’s office, which is going to be in South Lake Union.

Ignition also announced today that Frank Artale is joining the firm as managing director.

Artale worked at Microsoft before joining a series of enterprise startups, including several backed by Ignition. He was chief executive of Consera before it was sold to Hewlett-Packard, and vice president of XenSource before it was sold to Citrix, where he was most recently vice president.

Ignition’s release said Artale will focus on core infrastructure, networking and security investments for Ignition Venture Partners IV, a $400 million fund.

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