Interview with a Storage Architect…

Amit Panchal posted a great interview with an anonymous, self-proclaimed “lowly storage guy”. He’s been in the industry for over 25 years, and has some interesting insights to share.

The interview again shows the unexpected ways a career can develop. The interviewee actually began his career thinking he’d go into marketing. But passion and technical aptitude eventually moved him over onto the architectural side. At this point in his career, he’s moving into a more managerial role with his current employer, which gives him some interesting perspective.

I think my favorite part of the interview was talking about the dreaded silos in an enterprise. The interviewee doesn’t see this as a particular problem of large organizations. Rather, this is something that naturally happens in businesses of all sizes. It’s simply the scale of enterprise that makes it more apparent. This kind of grounds the problem more in human nature than as a thorny business problem. Giving this kind of humanity to a common complaint of large organizations really made me reevaluate my own thoughts on the issue.

The rest of the interview is worth your time as well. He talks about using the Cloud from a storage architect perspective, how to wear many technical hats in an organization, and when he considers looking at other vendors. The interview doesn’t aim to get into the weeds and keeps the conversation at a high level. Some well considered thoughts here, glad Amit shared the interview.

Amit’s Technology Blog comments:


I thought it would be worth while doing something a little bit different on the blog and this time I reached out to a friend of mine (based in the US) who has been in the storage industry for more years than I’ve been working. We talk about his role and the evolution he is seeing.

A good guy to work with and one who inspired me to learn a lot more over the years (you know who you are !!)

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Rich Stroffolino

Rich has been a tech enthusiast since he first used the speech simulator on a Magnavox Odyssey². Current areas of interest include ZFS, the false hopes of memristors, and the oral history of Transmeta.

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