Profiles in Engineering: Matt Amdur and the future of software defined storage
Senior engineer Matt Amdur joined Delphix in August 2011 after more than six and a half years as senior staff engineer at VMware working in the storage space and leading teams responsible for delivering NFS support for ESX. He says he was drawn to Delphix by the opportunity to solve hard problems and work alongside an exceptionally talented engineering team. Matt's hiring was a coup for Delphix.
Adam Leventhal, Delphix CTO, first met Matt in 1997 at Brown University and they worked closely together for the next four years. Adam Leventhal welcomed Matt in a blog post: "We've had in the back of our minds that our professional lives would converge at some point; I couldn't be happier to have my good friend onboard."
Matt will soon celebrate four years at Delphix. "It's exciting to have the opportunity to define a problem, design a solution, build something, and then see how it's used." Matt is currently working on the masked data distribution feature of the next Delphix release. He's helping to make the distribution of production data more secure, faster and easier to manage. Self-service user interfaces that automate complex IT processes with a few easy clicks are a Delphix hallmark.
Simple interfaces that hide a lot of complexity are hard to build. But solving hard problems is a core competency within Delphix engineering and it is how the company extends its leadership in Data as a Service markets. Data masking is a top feature requested by Delphix customers because it overwrites sensitive production data while preserving the format -- making it useless to hackers but perfect for fast, secure app testing.
Looking at today's technology landscape - Matt's most curious about the future of software defined storage. "Storage and storage management at scale, continues to be a painful experience, but new systems are getting closer to the goal of being able to express business needs in terms of attributes for things like: availability, durability, and quality of service on a per application basis."
This type of granularity in IT would give businesses unprecedented levels of agility in response to changing markets. Matt's first blog post at Delphix described how he used DTrace (Adam Leventhal co-author) to successfully solve a tough customer problem.
Asking to debug on a customer's system is always a sensitive issue, you don't want to waste their time nor disrupt their environment. We were very fortunate to be working with an incredibly accommodating customer... Matt holds eight patents and several pending.