Storage Horizons: Steve Sicola has a new Blog!

March 14, 2012

Steve Sicola is a GIANT in storage and someone you should know if  you don’t already.  I just found out he is posting to a new blog called Storage Horizons:


Steve Sicola: SUPERSTAR!!

June 22, 2010


CRN unveiled its 2010 class of Storage Superstars spotlighting 10 “individuals and groups that made the modern storage industry what it is today.” And among the visionaries honored was Xiotech CTO Steve Sicola.

The “driving force on several generations of storage arrays and architectures,” Steve was recognized for his nearly 40 patents, tenure at Compaq and DEC, and as VP of Seagate’s Advanced Storage Architecture (ASA) Group. Informally known as the “Skunk Works” – an homage to Lockheed Martin’s legendary engineering team – the ASA Group was acquired by Xiotech in 2007 and architected ISE.

“Steve embodies the passion, commitment and innovative thinking – all hallmarks of Xiotech – that serve as the foundation of this company and have fueled the revolution that is ISE,” said Xiotech President and CEO Alan Atkinson. “With Steve overseeing our Storage Fellows Program, we look forward to his (and others’) continued contributions to the industry and Xiotech – including the next-generation of ISE.”

Congratulations Steve!

Can you say this on TV? Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, HDS, HP, IBM, LSI, NetApp, NEC, Promise and every other manufacturer of the classic dual controller, modular array or monolithic array have got it wrong.

April 14, 2010


Comment Xiotech wants CorteX to be the door to a new storage world. CorteX is a REST-using API that lets an application access and manage Xiotech’s storage brick, its ISE (Intelligent Stage Element), the sort of super disk drive with fail-in-place components, a five-year warranty and terrific performance from its multiple spindles.

See the entire post here:  “Xiotech’s CorteX to change the storage world”

Xiotech Launches Fellows Program, Names Inaugural Class

February 19, 2010


Yesterday we launched our Xiotech Fellows program and named our inaugural class of Fellows. As President and CEO Alan Atkinson said, “We at Xiotech are blessed to have an incredibly deep roster of storage ‘rock stars’ who have a collective body of accomplishments and patents that rivals anyone else in the industry.”

Our Fellows are:

•Richard Lary, Corporate Fellow – With 40 years of industry experience and 32 patents, Lary’s legendary influence spans from the creation of VAX and the Digital Storage Architecture at DEC to having been a vital consultant to many corporations.

•Rob Peglar, Senior Fellow – With 32 years of experience, Peglar is one of the industry’s most seasoned and recognized experts on a host of storage topics and the current treasurer of SNIA.

•Ken Bates, Fellow – With 35 years of experience, Bates is a performance guru and was a guiding force in the development of the gold standard in performance testing – the SPC benchmark.

•Todd Burkey, Fellow – With 33 years of experience, Burkey has helped to drive key Xiotech innovations for its industry leading reliability around predictive monitoring, telemetry automation and failure management.

•Clark Lubbers, Fellow – With 35 years and 56 patents pending or granted, Lubbers was an early and influential force in virtualization, performance and RAID architectures.

•Bill Pagano, Fellow – With 35 years of experience, Pagano was the lead hardware designer of the company’s Intelligent Storage Element (ISE™) technology and holds five patents for his hardware work.
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