Leadership

Gene Banman

CEO

Gene has been a serial CEO for the past 15 years having been at the helm of three companies prior to DriveScale. NetContinuum developed an application layer firewall appliance for large enterprise and web businesses and was sold to Barracuda Networks. Zero Motorcycles is the leading electric motorcycle company in the world and Gene remains on the Board of Directors. ClearPower Systems designed a waste heat recovery electric power generation system and was sold to Questor Technologies.

A member of the senior management team at Sun Microsystems, Gene was Sr. Vice President/General Manager of the $4 billion/year Desktop Systems group. He also led the Workstation product group, pioneering the company’s first thin client technology, leading Sun’s first ODM deal and sponsoring the acquisition and open-sourcing of the Star Office suite, which propelled it to a globally-trusted brand. Gene was based in Japan for five years as President of Nihon-Sun, expanding Sun’s business fourfold to $800M and raising Japan’s share of Sun’s worldwide business from 9 percent to 16 percent, substantially outgrowing Sun’s business elsewhere.

Gene received an A.B. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Satya Nishtala

Founder & CTO

A seasoned technologist and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience, Satya Nishtala helped found several innovative technology companies. Before founding DriveScale, Satya was a Technology Fellow at Nuova Systems, leading a new architectural approach to systems and networking. Nuova was acquired in 2008 by Cisco, and became the highly successful UCS servers and Nexus switches division. He also served as Vice President of Technology at Netillion, Inc., an early promoter of memory-over-network technology. As a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems Satya’s critically important contributions included the systems architecture for all of the Sun workstations and work group servers as well as Sun Storage Systems through the 1990s.

Satya received a B.E. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Phillips International Institute in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. His intimate knowledge of server, networking, storage, memory, and system software technologies enables an expansive view of infrastructure trends. He has been granted 31 patents in core data center areas, such as interconnects, power and cooling, and memory systems.

Tom Lyon

Founder and Chief Scientist

Tom Lyon is a computing systems architect, a serial entrepreneur and a kernel hacker.  Prior to founding DriveScale, Tom was founder and Chief Scientist of Nuova Systems, a start-up that led a new architectural approach to systems and networking. Nuova was acquired in 2008 by Cisco, whose highly successful UCS servers and Nexus switches are based on Nuova’s technology. He was also founder and CTO of two other technology companies. Netillion, Inc. was an early promoter of memory-over-network technology. At Ipsilon Networks, Tom invented IP Switching. Ipsilon was acquired by Nokia and provided the IP routing technology for many mobile network backbones.

As employee #8 at Sun Microsystems, Tom was there from the beginning, where he contributed to the UNIX kernel, created the SunLink product family, and was one of the NFS and SPARC architects. He started his Silicon Valley career at Amdahl Corp., where he was a software architect responsible for creating Amdahl’s UNIX for mainframes technology.

Tom holds numerous U.S. patents in system interconnects, memory systems, and storage. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

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Duane Northcutt

Founder and Vice President

Duane Northcutt’s distinguished career includes serving as CTO at several public companies and leading groundbreaking innovations in data center and consumer technologies. Prior to founding DriveScale, Duane was Senior Vice President and CTO of the Connected Home Division of Technicolor (formerly Thomson), CTO and Senior Vice President at Trident Microsystems (a maker of SoCs for consumer electronics), and CTO and Vice President of System Architecture at Silicon Image, where he created the Steelvine (SATA-based, RAID-on-a-chip) storage product family. Duane was Vice President of Technology at Kealia whose acquisition by Sun Microsystems launched Sun’s entry into the x86 market.

Duane was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems where he conceived of and led the development of the Sun Ray desktop product, an early example of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and was twice awarded the prestigious Sun President’s Award.  He was a member of the Research Faculty in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, where he developed the Alpha real-time operating system and the Archons multiprocessor test bed.

Duane holds more than 30 patents and is the author of a book, more than a dozen articles, and many technical reports on time-critical computing, distributed systems, multimedia, and thin-client technology.  He received an M.S.E.E. and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Howard Doherty

Vice President of Sales

Howard Doherty brings more than 20 years of global sales and executive management experience to DriveScale, growing both emerging and Fortune 500 technology companies.  Prior to DriveScale, he was Vice President of Arkeia Software, which was acquired by WD, a Western Digital Company, where he served as Director of Sales for Business Storage Solutions.   

Howard served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Symphoniq, and Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development at NetContinuum, which was later acquired by Barracuda Networks. He has also held senior sales roles at Cisco Systems, Netscape Communications and Avenue Technologies. Howard has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Southern California.

S.K. Vinod

VP of Product Management

Vinod co-founded Xsigo Systems in 2004 with funding from Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures and Greylock Partners. At Xsigo, he held a variety of positions, including leading the Product Management and Business Development teams, managing the Xsigo sales consulting team and was also responsible for APAC sales. Xsigo grew to over 130 employees worldwide,  with over 350 customers and close to $40 million in annual sales. After Xsigo was acquired by Oracle in late 2012, Vinod managed the Networking and Netra product management teams and was responsible for over $200 million in annual revenue with a portfolio of products ranging from InfiniBand switches and adapters to NEBS compliant servers.

Prior to Xsigo, Vinod spent 9 years at Sun Microsystems in various product management roles, launching and managing servers, microprocessors and chipsets. Before that, he was at Xerox PARC in an imaging system startup venture.
Vinod has an MBA from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.   He also holds a Captain’s License from Australia and has spent 12 years in the Merchant Marines, sailing all over the world in cargo and passenger ships.