2015/2016 Technical Council

The SNIA Technical Council is comprised of a total of 16 individuals. There are 9 voting TC members, 7 of whom are elected by SNIA members, and 2 of whom are appointed by the SNIA Board. There are also 7 non-voting TC members, 6 of whom are appointed by the SNIA Board, and 1 of whom is the Technical Council Managing Director. The Technical Council is a select group of acknowledged industry experts who work to guide the SNIA's technical efforts. The Technical Council oversees and manages SNIA Technical Work Groups, reviews architectures submitted by Work Groups, and is the SNIA's technical liaison to standards organizations.

Mark A. Carlson

Mark Carlson, Chairman
Principal Engineer, Industry Standards

Mark A. Carlson, Principal Engineer, Industry Standards at Toshiba, has more than 35 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than 18 years experience with Java technology. Mark was one of the authors of the CDMI Cloud Storage standard. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events. He is the co-chair of the SNIA Cloud Storage and Object Drive technical working groups, and serves as chair on the SNIA Technical Council.

Bill Martin

Bill Martin, Vice Chairman
SSD I/O Standards
Samsung Electronics

Bill Martin is responsible for driving Solid State Storage forward within the industry for Samsung, currently representing Samsung SSD products in a variety of standards and marketing arenas. William has served as SNIA chair of the Data Integrity TWG, serves on the SNIA Standards Committee, and recently joined the Solid State Storage Initiative and several technical work groups in the Solid State Storage area.

Bill also is Vice Chair of the INCITS T10, SCSI Storage Interfaces Technical Committee, Secretary of the INCITS T13, AT Attachment Technical Committee, and editor of SCSI Block Commands – 4 (SBC-4). Previous positions within the storage community include Vice Chair of INCITS T11.3, Fibre Channel Interconnection Schemes, Secretary INCITS T11, Fibre Channel Interfaces Technical Committee, and various editor positions within the Fibre Channel Standards community. William has led Fibre Channel interoperability events for over 17 years, and participated in the SNIA interoperability lab in the early 2000’s.

Bill has received numerous industry recognitions for his contributions to the storage industry over the past decade including: INCITS Merit award 2013, FCIA Achievement award 2010, INCITS Outstanding Leadership Team award 2007, INCITS Technical Excellence award 2005, FCIA Lifetime Achievement award 2005, and SNIA Outstanding Theme lead for the interop lab 2004.

He has been involved in the storage industry for 30 years, starting in 1983 with the development of a proprietary optical storage interface for HP, architecting the HP Tachyon interface chip for Fibre Channel, serving on industry consortiums and standards bodies for storage including SNIA, INCITS T11, INCITS T10, INCITS T13, SATA-IO, and NVMe for HP, Gadzoox Networks, Brocade, Sierra Logic, Emulex, and Samsung. William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.

Arnold Jones

Arnold Jones, Non-Voting Member
Technical Council Managing Director

Arnold has been involved in the Storage Industry for over 28 years, designing and developing a wide variety of storage products and standards. Since 2001 Arnold has been managing the activities and programs of the SNIA Technical Council, including the Technical Work Groups in the development of standards in the broad and complex fields of digital storage and information management.

Prior to the SNIA he was deeply involved for over 9 years in another association, the Optical Storage Industry Association (OSTA) (www.osta.org). As a key Member of OSTA his involvement was at multiple levels: Board of Directors, Technical Work Groups and Market Development Committee. During his involvement with OSTA he was the Primary Architect and Technical Editor for the Universal Disk Format (UDF) file system specification, the standard file system used for all forms of optical storage today.

Arnold holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida.

Craig Carlson

Craig Carlson, Member
Technologist, Office of the CTO

Craig Carlson is a Technologist with the CTO Office at QLogic Corporation. Craig has over 15 years of experience in Storage Networking technologies. He is currently Chair of ANSI INCITS Task Group T11.3, the committee that defines Fibre Channel protocols. He is also Technical editor for the T11 Standards FC-LS-2, and FC-GS-7, as well as the Chair of T11 Standard FC-SW-7. He is also involved with the IEEE 802.1 Data Center Bridging Task Group and is the editor of the IEEE Draft Standard 802.1Qaz (Enhanced Transmission Selection).

Craig’s background includes many years of development of storage networking products including being on of the team of architects for the first public loop Fibre Channel switch. He also has many years of standards experience within ANSI/INCITS T11, IEEE, and IETF. Also, Craig was one of the key contributors to the SANMark Fibre Channel interoperability compliance program.

Craig has also won numerous industry awards including the INCITS Gene Milligan Award for Effective Committee Management for his role as T11.3 Chair, and most recently an FCIA achievement award for his contributions to the growth of Fibre Channel SAN Storage technology.

Fred Knight

Fred Knight, Member
Standards Technologist

Fred Knight is a Principal Engineer in the Office of the CTO at NetApp. Fred has over 30 years of experience in the computer and storage industry. He currently represents NetApp in several National and International Storage Standards bodies and industry associations, including T10 (SCSI), T11 (Fibre Channel), T13 (ATA), IETF (iSCSI), SNIA, and FCIA. He is the chair of the SNIA Hypervisor Storage Interfaces working group, the primary author of the SNIA HSI White Paper, the author of the new IETF iSCSI update RFC, and the editor for the T10 SES-3 standard. Fred has received the INCITS Technical Excellence Award for his contributions to both T10 and T11. He is also the developer of the first native FCoE target device in the industry. At NetApp, he contributes to technology and product strategy and serves as a consulting engineer to product groups across the company. Prior to joining NetApp, Fred was a Consulting Engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, and HP where he worked on clustered operating system and I/O subsystem design.

Alex McDonald, Non-Voting Member
CTO Office

Alex joined NetApp in 2005, after more than 30 years in a variety of roles with some of the best known names in the software industry. With a background in software development, support, sales and a period as an independent consultant, Alex is now part of NetApp’s CTO Office that supports industry activities and promotes technology & standards based solutions (NFS, CDMI and others), and is currently chair of the SNIA CSI (Cloud Storage Initiative), vice-chair of the SNIA ESF (Ethernet Storage Forum) and on the DMTF’s Open Software Defined Data Center (OSDDC) Incubator.

Peter Murray

Peter Murray, Member
Product Evangelist & Senior Systems Engineer
Load DynamiX

Peter is a Product Evangelist and Senior Systems Engineer at Load DynamiX, a leading storage performance validation company. He is a technology expert with over 25 years of experience implementing, testing and maintaining secure, fast and highly-available networks and applications. In his role at Load DynamiX, Peter heavily engages with storage engineers and storage architects at both large Global 2000 enterprises and at the leading storage system providers. He works with them to ensures that Load DynamiX products meet current and future market requirements and that customers use their products to maximum benefit. Prior to joining the company, Peter worked with leading vendors like F5 Networks, Spirent Communications and Nortel Networks and was extensively involved with stateful device and network testing products and engagements.

Peter is also the Interim Co-chair of the SNIA technical working group on Solid State Storage System Performance Measurement and is a frequent speaker at storage industry events.

Carlos Pratt

Carlos Pratt, Member
Senior Engineer

Carlos Pratt has worked in the Digital Storage industry since 1995 working mainly on static storage for the mining industry. After Joining IBM in 1999, Carlos worked on the Channel adapter device driver for the VTS (Virtual Tape system), in 2000 Carlos joined the IBM disk test organization to help with the function and performance evaluation of the fiber channel connectivity between storage and different types of servers. In 2002 Carlos helped the IBM-Tivoli group to validate the performance module of the Multiple Device Manager (MDM) later known as Tivoli Productivity Center (TPC). Since 2005 Carlos has been part of the hardware systems storage performance organization. His main role in this organization is to provide architecture guidance to several of the IBM storage products; he helps with complex technical support problems and is the technical lead for all IBM storage efforts on Energy efficiency design for storage.

Yukinori Sakashita

Yukinori Sakashita, Non-Voting Member
Senior Researcher
Hitachi, Ltd

Yukinori Sakashita is Senior Researcher at Hitachi,Ltd.,Yokohama Research Laboratory. Sakashita is a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan(IPSJ) and the chair of Technology Committee of the Storage Networking Industry Association Japan Forum(SNIA-J).

Sakashita is currently engaged in research on IT operations management systems. In particular, he has studied the management of server and storage technology for heterogeneous environment. He participated in the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), is engaged in the development of the SMI-S since 2003.

Leah Schoeb

Leah Schoeb, Member
Storage Solutions and Performance Manager
Intel Corporation

Leah Schoeb is a Storage Solutions and Performance Manager with Intel Corporation bringing expertise ranging from cloud infrastructure and virtualization to storage performance. She draws from over 20 years of experience in the computer industry helping systems companies with performance optimization, marketing positioning, benchmark evidence creation, and guiding industry standards development for server, virtualized, and storage solutions.

Leah has served in several leadership roles both on the engineering and marketing sides for performance for companies, such as, VMware, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Intel, and Amdahl. Recently she has developed and executed long-term plans for the generation of new cloud computing performance evidence and used novel means to disseminate it to the industry. Leah has also participated and provided thought leadership for industry groups such as, Transaction Performance Council (TPC), Storage Performance Council (SPC), and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). She currently serves the SNIA as the Vice Chairperson of the Technical Council and the Chair of the Green Storage Initiative.

Udayan Singh

Udayan Singh, Non-Voting Member
Head of Software Product Engineering-Storage / Platform
Tata Consultancy Services

Udayan is Head of Software Product Engineering (Storage and Platform CoE) in Hitech Solution Central, HiTech, TCS, where he has more than 12 years of experience in Solution development, Quality Assurance and Sustenance primarily in Storage Industry. Presently, in TCS HiTech ISU, Udayan focuses on new and latest trends that are impacting Storage and Platform Product Companies, then conceptualizes and leads development of Innovative Solutions that provide value to Storage and Platform Companies. His key areas of focus are Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Open Source Storage Technologies, Big Data, Software Product and Storage Integration. He has led Cloud Data Management Interface Testing Solution in TCS. Udayan is also responsible for driving Innovation Management, where he focuses on developing new levers on Innovation and implementation of Innovation Levers in the accounts of HiTech vertical. Previously he has also held technical lead roles with Telecom Customers and has been part of Architecture and Technology Consulting Group of TCS.

Udayan is a regular contributor to SNIA India, as a technical volunteer and tutorial speaker. Further, he has presented at multiple forums and participated in SNIA events. He has also led the collaboration between SNIA India, TCS and the CSI on CDMI related aspects and the Cloud Plugfests.

Udayan has presented / published multiple papers at Storage Developer Conference and has filed multiple patents on area of Storage Technologies. He is also a member Computer Society of India.

David Thiel

David Thiel, Non-Voting Member
Dave Thiel Consultant, LLC

David Thiel currently does consulting work in the Storage Industry. Previously, Dave was Technical Director and Staff Fellow in HP's StorageWorks Division. David was been employed by HP, Compaq, and Digital Equipment Corporation from 1980 to 2008. Since 1991, David has worked in the area of computer storage leading distributed storage system, storage virtualization, storage area network architecture, RAID, storage management software, standards, patent, and technical staff development activities. Previously, he was with the OpenVMS Operating System development organization where he was the lead architect and designer of OpenVMS Cluster systems.

David has long been active in the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), where he has been a member of the Technical Council since 1999, including serving as chair for 4 years and vice-chair for 4 years. Dave has served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and has participated in many additional SNIA activities.

David earned 3 degrees in Electrical Engineering at MIT and holds 24 U.S. patents.

Doug Voigt, Member
Distinguished Technologist
Hewlett Packard

Doug Voigt is a Distinguished Technologist in the chief technologist’s office of HP’s StorageWorks division. With 34 years experience in HP’s storage business he is heavily involved with storage strategy, architecture and intellectual property. Throughout his career he has provided technical leadership, organizational guidance and planning for numerous protocol, implementation, architecture and advanced development projects in disk and disk array product lines.

Doug has 7 years of experience in disk controller protocol development, 17 years of experience in disk storage management automation, disk array development and distributed array architecture, and 9 years of experience in storage technology and IP evaluation. His contributions include work on Service Oriented Storage, Quality of Service, IPv6, Storage Utility, Storage Consolidation, Federated Arrays, HP AutoRAID, Attribute Managed Storage, Disk Controller Fault Tolerance, Solid State Storage and various protocol standardization and implementation efforts.

Doug holds MS and BS degrees computer science and electrical engineering respectively from Cornell University. He currently has 25 US patents, primarily in the field of virtual arrays with 11 patents pending.

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson, Non-Voting Member
Director of Technology and Standards

Steve Wilson is Director of Technology and Standards at Brocade. Steve’s responsibilities include the development of technologies and architectures for storage networking and storage management. Steve is a principal contributor to the ANSI T11 Fibre Channel standards and SNIA technical activities.

Prior to Brocade, Steve held technical leadership positions with Amdahl, ISS/Sperry Univac, Memorex, and Trilogy Systems. The emphasis of his technical work at these companies was the development and implementation of computer, storage, and systems management technologies.

Steve has been involved with the SNIA since 1998. He established and chaired the SNIA Fibre Channel Work Group in its various forms from June 1998 until April 2002 and now serves on the Technical Council.

Steve serves as chairman of the INCITS T11 committee whose charter is to develop the Fibre Channel Interfaces. Steve continues to contribute to many ANSI Fibre Channel standards including FCoE, Switch Fabric, and Inter-Fabric Routing. In addition, Steve serves on the FCIA Board of Directors.

Steve is the recipient of the INCITS Technical Excellence Award for his work on the Fibre Channel switching standards and received his degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1978.

Alan Yoder

Alan Yoder, Member
Senior Storage Industry Consultant
Individual SNIA Member

Alan Yoder, Ph.D. is a recognized storage industry professional who from 2012 to 2015 was the Senior Manager, Storage Standards of Huawei Technologies. Alan had been at NetApp since earning his Ph.D. in distributed systems in 1997, working on protocols, management frameworks, management applications, management partnerships, the Manage ONTAP™ SDK, and other projects. He also has experience in construction and industrial accounting, CAD design and programming, GUI design and development and project management. He holds Bachelors, MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from Goshen College and the University of Notre Dame.