Who Are We?

Our bloggers are techno-geeks, sports fanatics, triathletes, twins, EMC Elect members, mothers, fathers, wine lovers, foodies and jazz enthusiasts. We’re  industry thought leaders, analysts, business leaders, product specialists and marketers. But, more than that, we’re data protection enthusiasts who together provide a 360° view of the world of backup, archive and availability. Meet our team!

Featured Bloggers

Guy Churchward

Guy Churchward

President, Data Protection and Availability Division
I'm an enterprise infrastructure hack. Really, if you think of my career as a building, I’ve spent it underneath in the sewer lines and the electric plumbing, making sure things work. Invariably, my businesses end up being called boring. But that’s okay. It means they’re doing exactly what they’re supposed to do, which means their customers can do what they need to do. I come to EMC by way of BEA Systems, NetApp and most recently LogLogic, and my mission is to lead EMC Data Protection and Availability Division's efforts to deliver a protection storage architecture that leaves us all in better shape for the next guy, or gig, that comes along. Oh, and make no mistake about it, I want everyone to know who’s number one in backup, and why.
Heidi Biggar

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.
Phil George

Phil George

Avamar/VMware Guru, Data Protection and Availability Division
Working with customers and partners (like VMware) to develop leading backup solutions makes every day very interesting; helping them optimize their backup architectures for virtualized environments is what really energizes me. Over the past 25 years, I’ve held senior engineering, marketing and sales roles within the technical software industry. This gives me a good vantage point to recognize technical challenges, see emerging trends and propose new solutions. I hold a BSEE from Cornell University and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Boston University. I currently reside with my wife and two children in Massachusetts.
Stephen Manley

Stephen Manley

CTO, Data Protection and Availability Division
Over the past 15 years at both EMC and NetApp, I have traveled the world, helping solve backup and recovery challenges - one customer at a time (clearly, I need to optimize my travel arrangements!). My professional mission is to transform data protection so that it accelerates customers’ businesses. I have a passion for helping engineers pursue technical career path(without becoming managers), telling stories about life on the road and NDMP (yes, that’s NDMP).

Contributing Bloggers

Alex Almeida

Alex Almeida

Technology Evangelist, Data Protection and Availability Division
My passion for technology started at an early age and has never stopped. Today, I find myself immersed in data protection. Yep, I live, breathe and tweet backup, availability and archive. In fact, nothing short of fully understanding how things work will keep me from digging deeper. But when I’m not evangelizing on the benefits of backup or technology in general, I can be spotted at a New England Revolution game, behind the lens of a camera or listening to my favorite albums on vinyl. In addition to blogging for The Protection Continuum, you can find me on the EMC Community Network. Also, I'm a member of EMC Elect 2014, and I'm active in the New England VMware User Group (NEVMUG) and the Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG). Let's get technical!
Alyson Langon

Alyson Langon

A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.
Caitlin Gordon

Caitlin Gordon

Data Domain Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
I have spent the past eight years focused on all things data protection, with a focus on backup and archive. Lucky for me, Data Domain Systems give me lots of good topics to discuss here. When I’m not blogging, I’m equal parts gadget geek and sports freak – always ready to chat about the latest IT rumor or celebrate/lament the latest Boston sports heartbreak/victory. You can also find me talking backup on Twitter and YouTube.
Davi Ottenheimer

Davi Ottenheimer

Senior Director of Trust, EMC
I have more than 19 years of experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics, and am the co-author of the book "Securing the Virtual Environment: How to Defend the Enterprise Against Attack," published by Wiley. I'm also a qualified PCI DSS and PA-DSS assessor with K3DES, and former Board Member for the Payment Card Industry Security Alliance and the Silicon Valley chapters of ISACA and OWASP. Previously, I was responsible for security at Barclays Global Investors (BGI), the world's largest investment fund manager (now BlackRock), and before that, I was a "dedicated paranoid" at Yahoo! responsible for managing security for hundreds of millions of mobile, broadband and digital home products. I received a postgraduate academic Master of Science degree in International History from the London School of Economics.
EMC Backup
EMCBackup is made up of a team of highly experienced EMC Backup Recovery Systems’ product and technical marketing managers. With decades of product and market experience among them, the team brings a rich and diverse skill set to the EMC backup and recovery portfolio and to the market. The team is responsible for the messaging and positioning of EMC’s Avamar, Data Domain, NetWorker, and Data Protection Advisor.
Gene Maxwell

Gene Maxwell

Technical Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
I am known by many as the creator of documentation that helps others easily understand technology. This is because I discovered that I myself was a visual learner as I worked in many different IT roles over the years. Prior to my technical marketing role, I was an EMC technical consultant for six years. I also have many years of experience as a customer in IT responsible for data center management & disaster recovery, including backups. My hobbies include building PCs, collecting movies (Casablanca is my favorite), singing and playing my guitar. I have a twin brother who is three minutes older than I am.
Howard Rubin

Howard Rubin

Consultant Product Marketing Manager, Data Protection and Availability Division
My name is Howard and I’m a marketing guy. There I said it! Admitting to it is the first step right? Truth be known, I started “life” as a phone support guy then got promoted to Sales Engineer due to my good looks. That role dragged on far too long. Hanging out in data centers at 3am installing and troubleshooting ATM and Frame Relay gear got old; just like that technology. When I’m not marketing tech stuff, I’m either playing with my own tech gear at home or travelling to some exotic destination with my incredible wife, Mary. Fifty/Fifty chance it’s a shopping or exotic beach destination next time you get my out-of-office message.
Lady Backup

Lady Backup

Lady Backup’s career in IT dates back before the time of the Spice Girls. Initially I started in high tech journalism in the US and eventually transitioned to become an industry analyst. My analyst years also coincided with my education – during this period of my life I was working on my MBA. After 7 years of going to school at night, I graduated with distinction with an Information Age MBA degree from Bentley University (at the time it was still Bentley College) located just outside of Boston. With degree in hand, what’s a restless girl to do next? This is where networking with fellow classmates led to a job at EMC. Starting our Hopkinton headquarters, I moved outside of the US with EMC International when I felt it was time for my next change. Today, Lady Backup is an American on the loose in the world. Living outside the United States has been a fascinating experience. For the moment I call England home. But I’m feeling my next wave of restlessness coming. Here are two hints: I love sunshine and I’m improving my Spanish.
Lisa Matzdorff

Lisa Matzdorff

Voice of Customer, Data Protection and Availability Division
I have a passion for listening, more specifically, listening to customers share their IT stories, their experiences, their successes! Over the past 7 years in the role of customer reference manager and customer advocacy manager, I’ve had the pleasure of listen to amazing stories and meeting some very interesting people. The one thing that makes my job even better…I get to share those stories. When I’m not working, I’m volunteering with foster children, running 5K fun runs, playing fashion consultant “What Not To Wear” style, traveling, and watching reality t.v
Mark Galpin

Mark Galpin

EMEA Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
As a product marketing lead based in Guildford, Surrey, I'm often seen presenting to EMC’s partners and end users at various events across Europe. I have over 20 years experience in the storage market, largely gained in the financial and legal sectors, including PaineWebber, part of UBS, and Clifford Chance, the international legal practice, where I was the storage manager for a number of years. But I've also held had product marketing stints at Quantum and previously at EMC. I'm married with two children and live in Guildford, Surrey.
Michael Wilke

Michael Wilke

Ok, this is the part where I tell you about my years of experience in backup and recovery. Let’s just say when I got into this business tape was relevant. I guess historical perspective can have some advantages. Today, I’m riding a second wave of relevancy with the emergence of backup and recovery as a true business enabler. Really, backup is back! Just check out Backup Game Day; it explains it all. If I wasn’t fortunate enough to have this amazing gig, I’d probably be trying to make it in a band playing my guitar or perhaps coaching youth sports or devoting more time to several sports I have been trying to get good at for the last 30 years, like golf, surfing and wine tasting.
Russ Stockdale

Russ Stockdale

I’m kind of a ‘change junkie.’ I love this industry because it’s always changing, providing something new to learn and cool new problems to solve. But I’m also very much a people-person, so I’m drawn to that point in the technology adoption curve where something is about to get broadly adopted by lots and lots of people: Windows in the early ‘90s, email in the late ‘90s, a series of internet startups over the next 10 years, and now cloud-based data protection. As Mozy GM, I get excited by taking technology that is pretty raw and messy, and making it very accessible.
Shane Moore

Shane Moore

I have been in the IT industry for close to 20 years and started my career as an Officer in the Australian Air Force. For my first posting, I had a choice to either manage a national network of servers or run a warehouse (the physical kind). Thankfully, I chose the former and subsequently managed infrastructure in a number of public and private organizations. Later, I started selling and then marketing IT solutions for Computer Associates and now EMC. I have a passion for technology and I am excited by the way it continues to transform our lives. In my current role, I work across Asia promoting EMC’s data protection solutions, spending time with analysts and writing articles for traditional and social media. In my spare time, I provide IT support for my family and enjoy the outdoors. For the record, Top Gun is my favorite movie of all time!
Sherry Davenport

Sherry Davenport

I started in the IT industry over 30 years ago — it sure doesn’t feel like that long! I worked my way through the ranks starting at the old Digital Equipment Corporation in software sales support, sales training, channel training, product management and, ultimately, marketing. My background includes digital imaging, team productivity software, Alta Vista (remember that?), storage management, storage networking and most recently backup and recovery software. While I love my job, I love cooking and wine appreciation even more.
Tom Giuliano

Tom Giuliano

Marketer and EMC Data Protection Advisor Expert
I love to listen to customers discuss their data protection challenges, their experiences and their needs, and I’ve had a lot of opportunity to do it. For the past 15 years, I’ve brought network and storage products to market through roles in sales, product management and marketing. When I’m not driving go-to-market initiatives, identifying unique and creative methods to build product awareness or launching products, you’ll likely find me cycling, skiing, boating or running. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear some of my more interesting experiences in one of my posts from time to time.

Guest Bloggers

Chad Sakac

Chad Sakac

As vice president, VMware technical alliance, Chad is responsible for all of EMC’s VMware-focused activities, including the overall strategic alliance, joint engineering projects, joint reference architectures and solutions validation, joint services and joint marketing activity and sales engagement across global geographies. Chad has more than 18 years of engineering, product management and sales experience. Prior to joining EMC via acquisition, he was director of systems engineering at Allocity. Chad maintains a public blog at http://virtualgeek.typepad.com.
Mike Zolla

Mike Zolla

My career with EMC spans more than a decade. I started as a Celerra engineer and a corporate systems engineer, covering a variety of EMC technologies, including Replication Manager, OnCourse and RecoverPoint, and their application in SQL, Oracle and Exchange environments. In 2007, I created the Avamar Integration Lab to assist field technology consultants and, most recently, expanded that lab's scope to include Avamar, Data Domain and NetWorker training, integration and performance testing.
Paul Scheuer

Paul Scheuer

I like to be known as "Mr. Enterprise Storage Protector" writing, blogging and presenting to the world an ever-changing, always improving product story for enterprise storage (Mainframe) data protection and archiving. You won't ever hear or see me use the words "sexy" when describing our products (that's another story), but you will see that I am passionate about the ability to protect the crown jewels of corporate data. I consider enterprise (aka mainframe) data protection the guardian of insuring that the world doesn't "grind to a halt" as mainframes make airline transactions, stock trades, ATM transactions and many other things critical to our daily existence on the planet. I come to EMC via IBM where I spent more the two decades in storage as a developer and marketer of storage, even competing head-to-head with the products I now grow (yet another story). I call the Tucson Arizona desert home, where I like to sun & swim outside my office door. When I'm not outdoors, in front of customers or sales teams, you'll find me playing and listening to Jazz piano or guitar.
Scott Waterhouse

Scott Waterhouse

I am a principal technology consultant with EMC, focusing on backup and recovery solutions. I have been senior pre-sales technical consultant with EMC for 6 years. Currently, I focus on deduplication solutions, their business impact and the ROI associated with backup, recovery, and archiving.

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