Contributors


Mohamed Ahmed
Mohamed Ahmed
mohamed.ahmed@magalix.com
http://www.magalix.com
Description Mohamed got his PhD in High Performance Computing. He has several publications and patents in performance engineering and operating systems. He has led infrastructure teams building distributed systems on top of AWS and Microsoft Azure infrastructures. During his tenure at Microsoft and AWS, Mohamed shipped several products. He also received an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate from Stanford university.
Chad Arimura
Chad Arimura
alex.shapiro@oracle.com
Description Chad Arimura is Vice President of Serverless at Oracle, currently leading The Fn Project, open source serverless FaaS platform and orchestration. Prior to this he was a three-time entrepreneur, most recently as co-founder and CEO of Iron.io that had a multi-million dollar ARR business helping pioneer serverless computing. Iron.Io was acquired by Oracle in 2017.
Daniel Berg
Daniel Berg
 
danberg@us.ibm.com
http://www.ibm.com
Description Daniel is an IBM Distinguished Engineer responsible for the container and service mesh technical strategy within IBM Cloud. He has direct responsibility for the technical architecture and delivery of the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service providing managed kubernetes clusters worldwide. Daniel has deep knowledge of container technologies including Docker and Kubernetes and has extensive experience building and operating highly available cloud-native services. Daniel is a member of the Technical Oversight Committee for the Istio.io open source service mesh project and he is responsible for driving the technical integration of Istio into IBM Cloud.
Tony Bradley
  
tony@techspective.net
http://www.techspective.net
Description I have a passion for technology and gadgets--with a focus on Microsoft and security--and a desire to help others understand how technology can affect or improve their lives. I also love spending time with my wife, 7 kids, 2 dogs, 5 cats, 3 rabbits, 2 ferrets, pot-bellied pig and sulcata tortoise, and I like to think I enjoy reading and golf even though I never find time for either. You can contact me directly at tony@techspective.net. For more from me, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook.
Josh Butikofer
Josh Butikofer
  
joshbutikofer@gmail.com
Description Josh Butikofer has been developing software for the past two decades. He has held a variety of engineering and management roles over the years. Although he considers himself a full-stack engineer, his specialty interests include high-performance computing, large-scale distributed systems, and data center automation. Josh is currently a Sr. Software Architect at Adobe where he helps scale the industry-leading Digital Marketing Cloud. He is also a committed husband and father. Josh graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University with a BS in Computer Science. When elusive spare time finally comes his way, he enjoys reading, writing, and cycling.
Lee Calcote
Lee Calcote
lee.calcote@solarwinds.com
https://www.solarwinds.com
Description Lee Calcote is the Head of Technology Strategy at SolarWinds, where he stewards strategy and innovation across the business. Previously, Calcote led software-defined data center engineering at Seagate, up-leveling the systems portfolio by delivering new predictive analytics, telemetric and modern management capabilities. Prior to Seagate, Calcote held various leadership positions at Cisco, where he created Cisco’s cloud management platforms and pioneered new, automated, remote management services.
Colin Cavalancia
colin@devops.com
Pete Chestna
pete@devops.com
Description As Director of Developer Engagement, Pete provides customers with practical advice on how to successfully roll out developer-centric application security programs. Relying on more than 10 years of direct AppSec experience as both a developer and development leader, Pete provides information on best practices amassed from working with Veracode’s 1,000+ customers. Pete joined Veracode in 2006 as a platform developer and was instrumental in delivering the first version of Veracode’s service to customers. Later, as Director of Platform Engineering, Pete managed the Agile teams responsible for delivering Veracode’s SaaS platform and built the first DevOps team.
Matt Chotin
Matt Chotin
laurenb@highwirepr.com
Description Matt Chotin is Sr. Director of Developer Initiatives at AppDynamics, charged with leading AppDynamics products to better support developers in improving improving performance and achieving business outcomes. Prior to AppDynamics, Matt held product leadership roles at Chegg and Adobe and co-founded his own startup.
Joey D'Antoni
Joey D'Antoni
joey@dcac.com
https://www.dcac.co
Description Joey D'Antoni is an Senior Consultant for Denny Cherry and Associates and SQL Server MVP with over a decade of experience working in both Fortune 500 and smaller firms. He is an IDERA SQL Superstar and has hosted numerous Geek Sync, #SQLChat, and IDERA Live sessions for the database tools company.
Bill Doerrfeld
Bill Doerrfeld
 
bill@doerrfeld.io
http://www.doerrfeld.io/
Description Bill Doerrfeld is a tech journalist and analyst based in Seattle. His beat is cloud technologies, specifically the web API economy. He began researching APIs as an Associate Editor at ProgrammableWeb, and since 2015 has been the Editor at Nordic APIs, a high impact blog on API strategy for providers. He loves discovering new trends, researching new technology, and writing on topics like DevOps, REST design, GraphQL, SaaS marketing, IoT, AI, and more. He also gets out into the world to speak occasionally.
Gary Duan
Gary Duan
 
gary@neuvector.com
http://www.neuvector.com
Description Gary Duan is CTO at NeuVector, a Kubernetes security company that uses behavioral learning and firewall technology to secure containers during run-time. Gary has more than 15 years of experience in networking, security, cloud and data center software. He also holds several patents in security and data center technology.
B. Cameron Gain
B. Cameron Gain
brucegain@gmail.com
Description B. Cameron Gain first began writing about technology when he hacked the Commodore 64 family computer in the early 1980s and documented his exploit. Since his misspent youth, he has put his obsession with software development to better use by writing thousands of papers, manuals, and articles for both online and print. His byline has appeared in Wired, PCWorld, Technology Review, Popular Science, EEtimes, and numerous other media outlets.
David Geer
David Geer
david@geercom.com
Description David Geer’s work has appeared in ScientificAmerican, The Economist Technology Quarterly, CSO & CSOonline, FierceMarkets, TechTarget, InformationWeek, Computerworld, Byte.com, ITWorld.com, IEEE Computer Society’s Computer magazine, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, Government Security News, Laptop, Smart Computing, Technical Support, The Hosting Standard (Canada), TechWorld.com (UK), SIGnature, Processor, and the Engineering News-Record. David served as a technician at CoreComm in Cleveland, OH prior venturing into writing.
Connor Gilbert
Connor Gilbert
  
connor@stackrox.com
http://www.stackrox.com
Description Connor Gilbert is Principal Architect at StackRox, where he designs and builds tools to help customers reduce risk and contain compromises across the container lifecycle. Previously, as Security Research Scientist at Qadium, he built tools to uncover network perimeter exposures and conducted DARPA Internet security research. Connor holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Gerald Haydtner
Gerald Haydtner
   
Gerald.Haydtner@ruxit.com
https://www.dynatrace.com/
Description Gerald Haydtner works for Dynatrace, the leader in digital performance management that enables companies to manage thousands of servers with very small IT monitoring teams. Gerald is a trained software developer with a passion for performance optimization.
Boyd Hemphill
Boyd Hemphill
behemphi@gmail.com
Description Boyd Hemphill is a DevOps raconteur and thought leader in the silicon hills of Austin Texas. Boyd founded Austin DevOps when he learned this thing he was doing had a name. Boyd organizes the Docker Austin meet up and the first ever Container Days is Austin Texas. In his professional life, Boyd has been a developer (PL/SQL and PHP), DBA (Oracle and MySQL), and system administrator. He sees Docker as containers for mere mortals in the same way Slicehost was virtualization for mere mortals in 2009. Currently Boyd is the Director of Evangelism for StackEngine where he educates and espouses DevOps practices as they relate to Linux Containers.
Mark Herring
Mark Herring
mherring@influxdata.com
Description Mark Herring is CMO at InfluxData. He is a well-rounded silicon-valley executive with proven experience in taking complex technology and making it understandable to the broader audience. His deep developer roots are never far from his mind as he looks at trends and asks the tough questions on whether the technology is here to stay or just another fad. Currently Mark is Chief Marketing Officer at InfluxData.
Asena Hertz
Asena Hertz
Asena.Hertz@Turbonomic.com
http://www.turbonomic.com
Description As the Cloud Native Technical Evangelist at Turbonomic, Asena Hertz brings more than a decade of experience in disruptive technologies spanning workload automation, energy and resource analytics, developer tools, and more. Asena is passionate about the long-term impact and role that cloud native architectures and distributed systems will have on the future of IT and the way businesses bring new ideas to market.
Matt Hines
Matt Hines
hinesmatt@gmail.com
Description Matt Hines has over 18 years as an IT marketing/communications professional at companies ranging from ground-floor startups to established industry leaders with emphasis on advancing broader understanding of key technology industry trends, market drivers, customer requirements and innovative products to highlight value, increase awareness and drive revenue growth. Additionally Matt has a decade-plus writing in IT journalism covering leading trends for a wide array of industry-leading business technology publications including eWeek, InfoWorld, CNet and TechTarget. You can reach him on LinkedIn
Rob_Hirschfeld
Rob Hirschfield
  
rob@rackn.com
http://robhirschfeld.com
Description Rob Hirschfeld has been working in Cloud automation since 1999 where he co-founded one of the first IaaS companies. He is CEO of RackN: a company dedicated to commercial support OpenCrowbar, the bare metal DevOps platform. He is also a long serving OpenStack board member who is passionate about Agile/Lean process and scale data center automation.
Hart Hoover
  
hart.hoover@gmail.com
https://hart.io
Description Hart Hoover started his career at Rackspace in 2007 as a Linux Systems Administrator, providing technical support for managed server environments. He moved to the cloud in 2009 to help design and implement the Managed Cloud support model, leading Rackspace to be the #1 Managed Cloud company. Hart then created and delivered cloud application and architecture training for all of Rackspace Sales, and started the Rackspace Developer Blog. He now serves customers as a Product Engineer with the Digital team at Rackspace while leading the San Antonio DevOps meetup.
Marc Hornbeek
Marc Hornbeek
mhexcalibur@yahoo.com
Description Marc Hornbeek is a Principal Consultant - DevOps at Trace3. DevOps consultant, advisor, mentor. Author of Continuous Delivery Architect course and DevOps Test Engineering course for the DevOpsInstitute.com, DevOps blogger on DevOps.com. Engineering and business solutions leader. Specialist / expert in DevOps maturity assessments, DevOps transformation roadmaps, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Test automation (CT), Continuous Delivery and Deployment (CD), Lab-as-a-Service (LaaS), DevOps Cloud Native, wireless and mobile infrastructure solutions. IEEE outstanding engineer, Western USA. Senior IEEE member, 42 years.
Dan Hubbard
Dan Hubbard
 
dan@lacework.net
Description Dan Hubbard is Chief Product Officer at Lacework responsible for driving the company’s product and security strategy for public and private clouds and security research. A pioneering force in Internet security, Dan’s expertise spans from reputation and advanced classification systems to large-scale security data mining, and cloud security. Prior to Lacework, Dan was CTO at OpenDNS, helped deliver the world’s largest cloud security network that led to the $600M acquisition by Cisco. Prior to OpenDNS, Dan was CTO at Websense, led R&D, launched the Websense Security Labs, and was instrumental in the company’s success from early days through successful IPO. Dan owns several patents in the areas of data classification and cloud security and is a frequent speaker at security conferences globally.
Madhukar Kumar
Madhukar Kumar
RedisLabs@10fold.com
http://www.redislabs.com
Description Madhukar is a product strategist with a track record of successfully running product management and product marketing teams for the last 10+ years. He has held several leadership positions in small and large technology companies like Zuora, HP and Oracle where he was responsible for building vision, go to market strategies and opening up new markets for hyper growth. More recently he ran product strategy and product marketing at Oracle for Customer Experience (CX) products portfolio including Marketing, CRM, Commerce and Service. In the last 10 years he has also been writing in technology journals and speaking at several industry events across the globe around disruptive new technologies affecting businesses and the future of customer experience.
Tim Mackey
Tim Mackey
 
Tim.Mackey@synopsys.com
http://www.synopsys.com
Description Tim Mackey works within the Synopsys Software Integrity Group as a technology evangelist. He joined Synopsys as part of the Black Duck Software acquisition where he worked to bring integrated security scanning technology to Red Hat OpenShift and the Kubernetes container orchestration platforms. Prior to joining Black Duck, Tim worked at Citrix as the community manager for XenServer and was part of the Citrix Open Source Business Office. Being a technology evangelist allows Tim to apply his skills in distributed systems engineering, mission critical engineering, performance monitoring and large-scale data center operations to customer problems. He takes the lessons learned from those activities and delivers talks globally at well-known events such as RSA, OSCON, Open Source Summit, KubeCon, Interop, CA World, Container World, DevSecCon, DevOps Days and the IoT Summit. Tim is also an O’Reilly Media published author.
James Monek
James Monek
  
jamesmonek@gmail.com
http://jamesmonek.com
Description James Monek is a Technology Manager and Solutions Architect at Unisys Corp where he leads agile teams to deploy leading edge solutions. James has more than 20 years of experience in IT, focusing on team leadership, cloud computing, containers, Agile Methodology, continuous integration services and solutions architecture. James earned a BS degree from University of Dayton and an MBA from Saint Joseph's University. James is passionate about building successful teams, cloud computing, automation and solutions architecture, you can reach out to him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
John Morello
John Morello
john@twistlock.com
https://www.twistlock.com
Description John Morello is the Chief Technology Officer at Twistlock. As CTO, John leads the work with strategic customers and partners and drives the product roadmap. Prior to Twistlock, John was the CISO of Albemarle, a Fortune 500 global chemical company. Before that, John spent 14 years at Microsoft, in both Microsoft Consulting Services and product teams. He ran feature teams that shipped security technologies in Windows, Azure, and Office 365 and served as the Lead Architect of the hybrid cloud consulting team for the Americas. A self-proclaimed "public school guy," John is passionate about building out more modern curricula for cybersecurity. In fact, in May 2018 he established a Twistlock outpost at Lousiana State University’s Innovation Park in order to pay off this vision. John lives in Louisiana with his wife and two young sons. A passionate fisherman and scuba diver, he also serves as Chairman of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.
David Mortman
mortman@mortman.com
Gadi Naor
Gadi Naor
gadi@alcide.io
Mark Nunnikhoven
Mark Nunnikhoven
Mark_Nunnikhoven@trendmicro.com
http://markn.ca
Description Mark Nunnikhoven is the Vice President of Cloud Research at Trend Micro. He is one of the foremost experts on cloud technologies and cybersecurity issues. With a focus on modernizing security practices and usable security systems at scale, Mark works with clients and partners around the world. Often quoted in the media both at home in Canada and internationally, Mark is an engaging public speaker, an O'Reilly video author, an accomplished computer scientist, and security leader.
Rao Papolu
Rao Papolu
Rao@Cavirin.com
Description Dr. Rao Papolu is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cavirin Systems, Inc., a provider of continuous security assessment and remediation for hybrid clouds, containers and data centers. Rao is on the Board of Directors of SRA, Inc., a publicly-traded company, and an Advisory Board Member to Solix Technologies. He received his Doctorate degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He has published 25 technical papers in various international journals and was a visiting scientist at the University of Michigan and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan.
Tom Phelan
Tom Phelan
Tom@BlueData.com
https://www.bluedata.com/
Description Tom has spent the last 25 years as a senior architect, developer, and team lead in the computer software industry in Silicon Valley. Prior to co-founding BlueData, Tom spent 10 years at VMware as a senior architect and team lead in the core R&D Storage and Availability group. Most recently, Tom led one of the key projects – vFlash, focusing on integration of server-based Flash into the vSphere core hypervisor. Prior to VMware, Tom was part of the early team at Silicon Graphics that developed XFS, one of the most successful open source file systems. Earlier in his career, he was a key member of the Stratus team that ported the Unix operating system to their highly available computing platform. Tom received his Computer Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lenny Pruss
Lenny Pruss
 
lenny@redpoint.com
http://lennypruss.co/
Description Lenny Pruss is a Principal at Redpoint Ventures and focuses on investments in cloud infrastructure, developer tools, SaaS and security. Prior to Redpoint, Lenny was a Principal at RRE Ventures, a leading early-stage venture fund in New York, where he worked on the firm's investments in Datadog, Flynn, Kryptnostic, WhipTail (acq. by Cisco) and several other companies. Lenny began his career as an Analyst with RRE, and prior to returning there after his MBA he worked as a Product Manager at Dataminr and an Analyst covering software, systems and semiconductor companies at JAT Capital, a multi-billion-dollar technology, media and telecom-focused ('TMT') hedge fund. Lenny holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from UC Berkeley where he graduated from with honors.
Prasanna Raghavendra
Prasanna Raghavendra
  
prasanna@cloudmunch.com
http://www.cloudmunch.com
Description Prasanna Raghavendra is co-founder and serves as CTO at CloudMunch. Prasanna leads the architectural vision for the CloudMunch DevOps platform. Prasanna has many years of experience in the IT industry where he has held various software delivery roles, built software engineering and cloud platforms. An expert in cloud platforms, SaaS and Web 2.0, Prasanna led technology projects at Infosys, where he was head of engineering for the SaaS practice. In his last role at Misys, he led engineering for the BankFusion platform that enabled faster development & delivery of its products. Prasanna is passionate about Agile development & DevOps practices.
ROELBOB
Bob Reselman
  
bobreselman@gmail.com
http://www.theworldinwhichwelive.com
Description The World in Which in We Live (www.TheWorldInWhichWeLive.com) is created by ROELBOB: humor, art and technical insight coming together to explore the world of modern technology via thought provoking cartoons.
Chris Riley
Chris Riley
rileybeebs@gmail.com
http://www.hoardinginformation.com
Description Chris Riley (@HoardingInfo) is a technologist and DevOps analyst for Fixate IO. Helping organizations make the transition from traditional development practices to a modern set of culture, tooling, and processes that increase the release frequency and quality of software. He is an O'Reilly author, speaker, and subject matter expert in the area of DevOps Strategy, Machine Learning, and Information Management.
Hal Rottenberg
Hal Rottenberg
hrottenberg@splunk.com
http://www.splunk.com
Description Hal is an experienced enterprise systems engineer, having worked for several Fortune 20 companies over his career. In 2012, he joined Splunk, where he spent 2.5 years in Business Development as a solution architect and consultant. Most recently, he's moved to the Office of the CSO, where his passion for speaking and education are used to help grow the Splunk developer platform ecosystem, and build programs to sustain that growth. Hal is also the co-host for the long-running PowerScripting Podcast, a weekly Internet radio show which focuses on Windows PowerShell. Since 2007, the show has had over 300 episodes and 900,000 downloads. He is also a published author, and an accomplished technical trainer.
Prakash Sarma
Prakash Sarma
prakash.sarma@newstar-online.com
http://www.newstar-online.com
Description Prakash Sarma is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Newstar Corporation, focused on All Things Ecommerce. Prakash has spent the past decade building high traffic and scalable ecommerce platforms for numerous omnichannel retailers and B2C companies. A technologist at heart, with a product and revenue driven mindset, Prakash is passionate about Ecommerce, Distributed Systems, Cloud Platforms, Big Data, DevOps, and CI/CD. He frequently advises startups and presents and writes on these topics as well as innovation and culture transformations in enterprises.
Kumar Saurabh
kumar@sumologic.com
Zachary Smith
Zachary Smith
  
zac@packet.net
https://www.packet.net
Description Zachary is co-founder and CEO of Packet, the leading fully automated bare-metal cloud platform. Prior to Packet, Zachary was an early member of the management team at Voxel, a NY-based cloud hosting company with a focus on infrastructure automation that sold to Internap (NASDAQ: INAP) in 2011 for 35MM. As an investor, Zachary has advised or invested in nearly a dozen technology startups and currently serves on the board of Fireblade, a cloud-based WAF service based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Dimitri Stiliadis
Dimitri Stiliadis
dimitri@aporeto.com
Description Dimitri Stiliadis is the co-founder and CTO of Aporeto. He brings a multidisciplinary background in distributed systems, security and networking and has been the inventor of several ground-breaking technologies in these areas. Before Aporeto, he was the co-founder and CTO of Nuage Networks, the CTO and Co-Founder of the NonStop Laptop Guardian, and has also held several leading roles in Bell Labs Research. Dimitri received a Ph.D. and an MSc in computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of more than 50 papers at international conferences and journals, holds more than 25 patents and was the co-recipient of the 1998 IEEE Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award.
Jesse Stockall
Jesse Stockall
jstockall@embotics.com
http://www.embiotics.com
Description Jesse Stockall is a proven leader with over 20 years of industry experience. He has spent the past 12 years leading the development of Embotics' award-winning cloud management platform, vCommander. Jesse’s passion for modern software development includes active participation in local Agile and DevOps communities. Prior to joining Embotics, Jesse designed autonomic computing capabilities and management tooling for embedded applications at Symbium.
Twain Taylor
Twain Taylor
apanicker@we-worldwide.com
Description Twain is a Fixate IO Contributor and began his career at Google, where, among other things, he was involved in technical support for the AdWords team. His work involved reviewing stack traces, and resolving issues affecting both customers and the support team, and handling escalations. Later, he built branded social media applications, and automation scripts to help startups better manage their marketing operations. Today, as a technology journalist he helps IT magazines and startups change the way teams build and ship applications.
Christopher Tozzi
Christopher Tozzi
ctozzi.devops@gmail.com
http://sweetcode.io
Description Christopher Tozzi has covered technology and business news for nearly a decade, specializing in open source, containers, big data, networking and security. He is currently Senior Editor and DevOps Analyst with Fixate.io and Sweetcode.io.
Mike Vizard
Mike Vizard
mvizard@gmail.com
Description Mike Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist with over 25 years of experience. He also contributed to IT Business Edge, Channel Insider, Baseline and a variety of other IT titles. Previously, Vizard was the editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise as well as Editor-in-Chief for CRN and InfoWorld.
Chenxi Wang
Chenxi Wang
 
chenxi.wang@gmail.com
http://www.twistlock.com
Description Dr. Chenxi Wang is Chief Strategy Officer of Twistlock. She is responsible for corporate strategy and marketing. Dr. Wang joins Twistlock from Ciphercloud, another successful Silicon Valley startup. Prior to that, Chenxi built an illustrious career at Forrester Research and Intel Security. At Forrester, Chenxi covered mobile, cloud, and enterprise security, and wrote many hard hitting research papers. At Intel Security, she led the ubiquity strategy that spans both hardware and software platforms. Chenxi started her career as a faculty member of Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Chenxi is a sought-after public speaker and a trusted advisor for IT executives. She has been quoted/featured by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, Dark Reading, and many trade media outlets. Chenxi holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Virginia. Her Ph.D. thesis received an ACM Samuel Alexander award for excellence in research.
Ash Wilson
Ash Wilson
awilson@cloudpassage.com
Description Ash Wilson is originally from Apison, Tennessee, and has been living in San Francisco since 2012. He has been a paid tech worker since March 2000, and a hobbyist long before that. He came to security via network engineering and systems administration. Ash spent the last seven years in post sales engineering and strategic engineering for security product companies, and currently works for CloudPassage.
Stephen Withers
Stephen Withers
 
swithers@blackandwrite.com.au
http://blackandwrite.com.au
Description Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, covering everything from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.
Lance Woodson
Lance Woodson
  
lance@webmaneuvers.com
http://devquixote.com
Description Lance Woodson is a Dev/Data/DevOps technologist based in Austin, Texas. He has built and maintained scalable, cloud-based infrastructure for small to mid-size companies in technical leadership roles. His current interest is in container technology which he believes will allow microservice architectures to be adopted more widely and with less operational pain. He currently works as an engineer/architect at ShippingEasy where he puts these thoughts into practice.
Gaurav Yadav
Gaurav Yadav
 
Gaurav@hedvig.io
http://www.hedvig.io/
Description Gaurav Yadav is founding engineer and product manager at Hedvig. He has more than 10 years of experience working in storage, databases, distributed systems and virtualization. His previous experience includes working with a search-engine startup, Google and Oracle.