Twenty-two years in the data storage industry with Seagate focused on HDD product development and driving storage hardware and software ecosystem development Career. Twelve years in mechanical design for HDD, ranging from advanced motor technology development, HDD design and leading mechanical design teams for mission critical products.
Developed three mission critical HDD products over seven years as a product core team design lead, successfully leading cross functional design teams to provide the highest performance and highest reliability products in the storage industry. Development of these products required an understanding of all facets of storage device level subsystems and mandated interactions with customers to understand their system requirements. Led an effort to define the system level operating vibration ecosystem to optimize the environment to enable delivery of the lowest $/TB storage solution. Required coordinating HDD device development and CSB system developers to provide a sustainable ecosystem allowing HDD storage devices to grow capacity at sufficient rates to maintain the data industries long term growth goals while maintaining performance standards. Understanding the industries long term strategies around cooling of compute plus storage, the higher level architecture that optimizes for power consumption and $/TB costs required for a healthy and competitive industry.
Developed the technical strategies to deliver device level firmware features that support the industry requirements through T13 and T10 standards and supporting feature arriving from industry organizations such as OCP. Increasingly device requirements must adapt to support the requirements of the larger storage architecture to support multiple ecosystems defined cloud and edge. Leading an effort to deliver open source tools and methods to manage installed storage both in the cloud and at the edge, creating options that enable delivery of low cost, highly available and secure storage to the industry. Tools that facilitate device health management and power optimization provide the operators the capability to minimize opex and industry implementation of these tools allows device makers to deliver the lowest $/TB to minimize capex.
Working with industry organizations such as ASHRAE and Open 19, pushing industry standards for environments and hardware architectures to optimize cooling and maintain environments promoting device reliability and capacity by minimizing vibration, reducing power consumption. Standardizing on hardware architecture and environmental conditions facilitates device and system developers lowers the both the capex and opex costs of deployed storage for the industry.