2018/2019 Technical Council

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, Co-Chairman
Principal Engineer, Industry Standards
Toshiba Memory

Mark A. Carlson, Principal Engineer, Industry Standards at Toshiba Memory, has more than 35 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than twenty year's experience with Java technology. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events. He has chaired the SNIA Object Drive, Cloud Storage, NDMP and XAM SDK technical working groups and serves as Co-Chairman on the SNIA Technical Council.

Bill Martin

Bill Martin, Co-Chairman
SSD I/O Standards

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.

Craig Carlson

Craig Carlson, TC Advisor
Technologist, Office of the CTO
Marvell Technology Group

Craig Carlson is a Technologist with the CTO Office at Marvell Technology Group. 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.

Arnold Jones, TC Advisor
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.

Alex McDonald, TC Advisor
CTO Office

Alex joined NetApp in 2005, after more than 40 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, with a particular interest in storage software. Alex serves on the Board for SNIA Europe. He is currently chair of the SNIA CSTI (Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative), vice-chair of the SNIA NSF (Networking Storage Forum) and co-chair of the SNIA SSSI (Solid State Storage Initiative), and a major contributor to SNIA’s extensive library of web-based education.

Gregory McSorley

Gregory McSorley, TC Advisor
Technical Business Development Manager

Greg is a 35 year computer/storage business veteran. The bulk of his high-tech career was spent and Data General and EMC designing and testing systems for EMI integrity, and high speed interconnects, including SCSI, FC, IB and GbE. Greg also handled EMC’s server / storage standards for many years. The past 9 years, Greg has focused his expertise on industry standards, heading up Amphenol’s standards activities. These include INCITS T10 and T11, SFF, where he took part in chairing working groups, IBTA, and Ethernet. Today, Greg plays an active role in the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) as Treasure on the Board of Directors and serves as Vice President, Board of Directors on the SCSI Trade Association (STA) and Ethernet Alliance (EA).

Leah Schoeb

Leah Schoeb, TC Advisor
Global Technical Account Architect

Leah Schoeb draws from 25 years of experience in the computer industry, with the last decade in solid state technology, helping systems companies with performance engineering and optimization, market positioning, benchmark evidence creation, and architect virtualized, containerized, and data solutions. Leah has served in several technical leadership roles for performance architecture for companies, such as, VMware, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Intel, and Amdahl. She has developed and executed long-term plans for the generation of new solid state technology and cloud computing performance. 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 an elected member of the Technical Council and a co-founder of the Solid State Storage System Technical Work Group.

David Thiel

David Thiel, TC Advisor
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.

Curtis Ballard

Curtis Ballard, Member
Master Technologist
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Curtis Ballard is a technologist with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the HPE Storage organization.  Curtis has over 20 years of experience in storage and storage interfaces technologies.  While working at Hewlett Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Curtis has worked in product design teams for magneto optical disk drives, medium changer devices, tape drives, disk arrays, and enclosure management devices.  He has worked on hardware designs for storage interfaces and storage controllers as well as firmware for motion control, storage interfaces, user interface, and embedded operating systems. 

Curtis currently is a technologist in the HPE Storage R&D organization as well as representing HPE in industry standards bodies.  He is the vice-chair of INCITS/T10 SCSI Storage Interfaces Technical Committee and as is contributing member of NVM Express.  Curtis is currently the technical editor for several the INCITS/T10 standards.  He in an inventor on over 40 US patents in the storage industry across electrical, software, and mechanical disciplines and works in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise architecture community on storage architecture, intellectual property, and storage strategy.

Alan Bumgarner

Alan Bumgarner, Member
Strategic Planning | DCG Storage & Memory
Intel Corporation

Alan Bumgarner began his career at Intel Corporation in Folsom, CA more than 20 years ago. Since then his roles included front line technical support, remote server management of multiple Intel datacenters, product/channel/technical marketing, field sales, and strategic product planning. These roles took him from California, to New Jersey, Texas, and Oregon, and finally back to Folsom, CA where he currently holds the position of Senior Strategic Planner for Storage Software in Intel’s Datacenter Group. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Systems from the University of Phoenix.

Fred Knight

Fred Knight, Member
Principal Standards Technologist

Frederick Knight is a Principal Standards Technologist at NetApp Inc. Fred has over 40 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 JEDEC.  He was 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.  He is also the editor for the SCSI Architecture Model (SAM-6) and the Convenor for the ISO/IEC JTC-1/SC25/WG4 international committee (which oversees the international standardization of T10/T11/T13 documents). Fred has received several NetApp awards for excellence and innovation as well as the INCITS Technical Excellence Award for his contributions to both T10 and T11 and the INCITS Merit Award for his longstanding contributions to the international work of INCITS.

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.

Peter Murray

Peter Murray, Member
Technical Marketing Engineer
Pure Storage

Peter Murray serves as Technical Marketing Engineer for Pure Storage. He additionally serves as co-chair of the SNIA Solid State Storage System Technical Working Group, as co-chair of the SNIA Workload Technical Working Group and as a member of the SNIA Technical Council.

Peter is an expert with over 35 years of experience testing, characterizing performance, implementing, troubleshooting, and maintaining secure, fast, and highly available storage systems and networks.

Prior to Pure Storage, Peter served on technical teams at test equipment and network equipment manufacturers, including Virtual Instruments, F5 Networks, Spirent Communications, and Nortel Networks.

David Pease

David Pease, Member
Distinguished Engineer

David Pease has been working in the computing industry since 1971. He has a varied background in everything from home-built computers to mainframes, and computer microcode to machine intelligence. For the past 27 years, he has been associated with IBM Research, first as a consultant and later as a researcher, manager, and eventually Distinguished Engineer. During the bulk of his time with IBM he has worked in areas related to Storage, including backup systems (TSM), file systems (Storage Tank/SanFS, UDF, LTFS), optical storage, policy-based storage management, and more. He holds 15 patents on storage technology, and has published more than 20 papers in storage conferences and journals. Prior to joining IBM full-time, Dr. Pease ran his own technology consultancy in San Francisco. He holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from U. C. Santa Cruz, where he has also taught and held an Adjunct Professorship. He occasionally sets off on such ill-advised adventures as riding a motorcycle from his home in the Bay Area to the Panama Canal.

Tom Talpey

Tom Talpey, Member
Networked Storage Architect
Microsoft Corporation

Tom Talpey is currently an Architect in the File Server Team at Microsoft. His responsibilities include SMB3, SMB Direct (SMB3 over RDMA), and all the protocols and technologies that support the SMB ecosystem. Tom has worked for many years in the areas of network filesystems, network transports and RDMA, and contributed deeply to NFSv3, NFSv4, NFSv4.1, DAFS and SMB3, all of which he layered on RDMA. He recently has been working on applying these to remote access of Persistent Memory, to enable new classes of low latency storage deployable across diverse networks.

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson, Member
Director of Technology and Standards

Steve Wilson is Director of Technology and Standards at Broadcom. 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 Broadcom, Steve held technical leadership positions with Brocade, 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 serves as chairman of the INCITS T11 committee whose charter is to develop the Fibre Channel Interfaces. Steve continues contributing to many ANSI Fibre Channel standards including FC-NVMe, Switch Fabric, Fabric Services and the FC-RDMA. Steve also serves on the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) Board of Directors.

Steve has been involved with the SNIA since 1998. He established and chaired the SNIA Fibre Channel Work Group in its various forms, contributed to the Green and Dictionary activities, and now serves as an advisor to the SNIA Technical Council. Steve also serves as principal liaison between the FCIA/T11 and the SNIA.

Steve is the recipient of the INCITS Technical Excellence Award for his work on the Fibre Channel switching standards, and has received the INCITS Gene Milligan award for effective committee management. Steve holds multiple patents in the storage networking space and holds a degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.