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2010 Storage Superstars
Claus Mikkelsen CTO, Storage Architectures, Hitachi Data Systems
Mikkelsen oversees research in storage applications, virtualization and data life-cycle management. He was the former chief architect for IBM's storage replication and disaster recovery products.
James Lau Founder, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, NetApp
Lau is behind the evolution of NetApp's business strategy. While at NAS pioneer Auspex, he was key in defining high-performance NFS file servers.
Richie Lary Corporate Fellow, Xiotech
Prior to joining Xiotech in 2009, Lary was a consultant to emerging storage companies. He was a key architect for storage at DEC and Compaq, which later formed the base for HP's StorageWorks business.
Konstantin Komarov Founder, CEO, Paragon Software Group
Oleg Kiselev Chief Architect, ParaScale
Kiselev drives the technical vision and architecture for ParaScale's cloud storage solutions and has 64 patents in storage management and clustering. He also was at Veritas for years.
Gerard Lam Founder, President, CTO, SANpulse Technologies
Lam develops technology for automating SAN discovery, migration and optimization. He also helped establish the Information Storage Consulting practice at Accenture.
Miki Sandorfi Chief Strategist, File And Content Services, Hitachi Data Systems
Sandorfi drives development of HDS' file, content and cloud products. His 18 years in storage includes a decade at EMC where he was a lead architect for Symmetrix.
Jeff Ready Founder, CEO, Scale Computing
Ready developed software to cluster industry-standard servers for midmarket storage applications. IBM uses the technology to compete with Dell EqualLogic and HP LeftHand.
Frank Rauch Vice President, Enterprise Server, Storage And Networking Unit Channel Sales, Hewlett-Packard
Rauch is the storage channel chief at Hewlett- Packard. He came to HP in 2003 with the acquisition of Compaq.
Josef Rabinovitz President, CEO, JMR Electronics
Rabinovitz has been supplying storage OEMs with arrays since 1982. He has developed technologies for, among other things, hot-plugged disk drives, stacking of drive bays and storage cooling.
T.M.Ravi CMO, Iron Mountain Digital
Ravi was an early developer of digital archiving technology for legal discovery, disaster recovery, compliance and proactive content monitoring at Mimosa, which Iron Mountain acquired in 2010.
Steve Sicola CTO, Xiotech
Sicola was the force behind generations of storage arrays and architectures at DEC/Compaq/HP StorageWorks. He has been designing storage hardware and software for nearly 30 years and has 39 patents or patents pending.
Shmuel Shottan CTO, BlueArc
Shottan led the delivery of the industry's first network storage offering that was capable of supporting both Fibre Channel and ATA drives in the same cabinet. He also was the individual behind the world's first hardwarebased file system.
Eric R. Schott Director, Product Management, Dell
Schott was the principal driver in developing the virtualized Peer Storage Architecture in EqualLogic SANs. In addition, he helps with realtime systems, logbased file systems, host volume managers and clusters.
Michael Schnapp Co-Founder, CTO, Infortrend Technology
Schnapp is the chief architect behind Infortrend's storage solutions and leads R&D. He has helped take the company from producing basic RAID systems to virtualization and data services.
Darshan Shah Founder, President, Olixir Technologies
Shah was the pioneer who developed the technology to shockprotect a 3.5-inch hard drive and make the hard drive transportable, as an alternative to tape for disaster-recovery purposes.
David Peterson Software Engineer And Senior Adviser, Network Systems Architecture Group, Brocade
Peterson is heavily involved with the T11 as well as a host of other storage networking organizations.
Anand Babu"AB" Periasamy Co-Founder, CTO, Gluster
Periasamy is a leading figure in opensource storage. He worked on scaling commodity clusters to supercomputer-class performance, among other storage projects.
Sujal Patel President, CEO, Isilon
Patel founded Isilon at 28 years old. He invented the company's OneFS operating system for scaling NAS to the enterprise. Prior to Isilon, he was the chief architect for RealNetworks' core media delivery system.
Julie Parrish Vice President, Global Partner Sales, NetApp
Parrish is the storage channel chief at NetApp. Her career spans 24 years in the channel, which includes a long stint as channel chief at Veritas and Symantec, as well as time at Nokia and 3Com.
Rob Peglar Storage Fellow, Xiotech
Peglar has extensive experience with storage virtualization, large heterogeneous SAN architecture, replication and archiving. He is a leader with SNIA and the GreenStorage Initiative and Blade Alliance.
Mark Watkins HP Fellow, StorageWorks, Hewlett-Packard
Watkins has 20-plus years of experience in storage and developed several tape formats. He is now driving scale-out storage and converged infrastructure.
Dan Warmenhoven Chairman, Executive Chairman, Former CEO, NetApp
Warmenhoven led NetApp for 11 years, growing it from a startup to challenge EMC and open up the NAS market.
Tom Wagner Group Vice President, N.A. America Channel Sales, Oracle/Sun
Wagner is the storage channel chief at Oracle/ Sun. He joined Oracle this year after a stint with Agilysys, and before that was Sun's point man on channel issues.
Ramana Venkata President, Iron Mountain Digital
Venkata founded Stratify (acquired by Iron Mountain in 2007), where he developed technology related to eDiscovery and making data actionable for compliance, legal apps.
Mike Walkey Senior Vice President, Global Channels, Hitachi Data Systems
Walkey is the storage channel chief at Hitachi Data Systems. Prior to 2008, he led the company's global reach to the small and medium enterprise market.
Hu Yoshida Vice President, CTO, Hitachi Data Systems
Yoshida defines the technical direction for HDS, was responsible for evangelizing HDS' storage virtualization approach and helps develop open standards for storage management. He spent 25 years with IBM's storage division.
Moshe Yanai IBM Fellow, Researcher, IBM
Yanai developed mainframe storage, created EMC's Symmetrix systems, helped multiple open system servers connect to iSCSI, and developed grid storage for XIV, which was acquired by IBM.
Steven Wilson Director, Technology And Standards, Brocade, and INCITS TC T11 Chairman
Wilson represents Brocade in the Storage Networking Industry Association Technical Committee. He is also chairman of the T11 committee that defines Fibre Channel standards.
Gary Watson Co-Founder, CTO, Nexsan
Watson spearheaded the release of the first data center ATA storage arrays. He was responsible for developing the first ATA-based disk storage systems, which started the move toward diskbased backup.
Alex Winokur Axxana
Winokur is an IBM Master Inventor and has authored/co-authored more than 15 patents in storage, network management and telecommunications. Prior to Axxanna, he was CTO at XIV (acquired by IBM) and the founder of Sepaton.
Jeff Tofano CTO, Quantum
Tofano was the man responsible for integrating disk and tape platforms. He also developed dedupe, scalable file management, as well as intelligent tape automation technologies.
David Sun, John Tu Co-Founders, Kingston
Their work in SIMM memory modules led to the memory industry. They sold Kingston in 1996, gave a $100M bonus to employees, and then bought the company back in 1999.-
Bob Solomon Vice President, Storage Technology, EMC Fellow, EMC
Solomon was one of the original creators of the Clariion line. When the Clariion arrived in the mid-90s, it was a pioneer in networked storage and the reason EMC acquired Data General.
Bob Skelley Director, Global Enterprise Architecture, Global Commercial Channels, Dell
Skelley is the storage channel chief at Dell. As the former channel chief of EqualLogic, which Dell acquired, he ensured a smooth transition for partners.
Matt Starr CTO, Spectra Logic
Starr holds 25 patents, mainly for tape libraries. He was an earlier developer of what became iSCSI. A 19-year Spectra Logic veteran, Starr is the company's first CTO and continues to focus on library engineering.