Avere Systems Management Team
Ronald Bianchini, Jr.
Ron Bianchini serves as a distinguished engineer on the Microsoft Azure storage team. Before Avere joined Microsoft, Ron Bianchini served as president and chief executive officer of Avere Systems as well as its co-founder. Ron has a long record of accomplishment in building and leading successful companies that deliver breakthrough technologies. Prior to Avere, Ron was a senior vice president at NetApp, where he served as the leader of the NetApp Pittsburgh Technology Center. Before NetApp, he was CEO and co-founder of Spinnaker Networks, which developed the Storage Grid architecture acquired by NetApp. Ron also served as vice president of product architecture of FORE Systems, where he was responsible for ATM products. Previously, he co-founded Scalable Networks [acquired by FORE], which designed and implemented a large-scale Gigabit Ethernet switch, and earlier in his career, he was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
Ron received an S.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds numerous patents in fault-tolerant distributed systems and high-speed network design and has published extensively in technical journals.
Principal SWE Engineer Manager
With more than fifteen years of experience with scale-out storage systems, Jeff is responsible for both pre-sales and post-sales support, performance analysis and field logistics. Prior to this role, he served as a member of Avere's technical staff focused on system performance and filesystem development. Jeff led Avere's posting of its record-breaking SPECsfs2008 posting in 2011. Before joining the Avere team, Jeff held various management and software development positions at Panasas, where he was one of the first engineers who designed and implemented its core architectural components. Jeff was a Carnegie Mellon, Parallel Data Lab (PDL) graduate student that contributed to the Network Attached Secure Disk (NASD) project which was the underlying Panasas architecture.
Jeff holds an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also earned an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Principal Program Manager
John now serves as a leader in business development among the Microsoft Azure storage team. In his prior role as a chief financial officer, John headed the company's finance, operations, and business development functions. Before joining Avere, John was the chief financial officer of Vivisimo, a market-leading enterprise search vendor. At Vivisimo, John led the effort to successfully raise the company's first round of outside capital. Prior to Vivisimo, John was senior director of corporate development at NetApp, where he led the company's OEM relationship with IBM and the company's annual strategic planning process. John served as vice president of finance at Spinnaker Networks where he led the company's finance, accounting, and legal functions. John also held various management positions at The Procter & Gamble Company, including associate director of corporate development where he was responsible for M&A activity in the Asia, Paper and Food/Beverage business units.
John holds an M.B.A. from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a B.A. from Denison University.
Partner Software Engineer
Mike Kazar now shares his expertise within Microsoft Azure as a partner software engineer. Formerly the CTO and co-founder of Avere Systems and an acknowledged expert in network file system architectures, Mike was responsible for driving Avere's technology vision and architecture. Previously Mike was vice president and chief architect at NetApp working on Data ONTAP GX, the technology Mike developed while co-founder and chief technology officer at Spinnaker Networks. Before Spinnaker, he was a distinguished engineer at FORE Systems working on LAN Emulation for ATM and several Ethernet to ATM bridge products. Prior to FORE, he co-founded and served as chief file system architect at Transarc Corporation [now part of IBM]. Earlier in his career, Mike was one of the original contributors to versions of Carnegie Mellon University's Andrew File System as well as the Andrew Toolkit, an OLE-like windowing toolkit.
He was named the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award for his outstanding contributions to information storage systems.
Mike received an S.B. in Mathematics and an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science.
Principal Program Manager
With a keen eye for strategic opportunity, Mike leads the organizational development of solution sales for Azure Storage. Mike and his team are charged with scoping complex high-performance computing (HPC) opportunities solving critical hybrid cloud challenges for the world’s most innovative customers. Coming from a leadership role on the Avere Systems team, he had developed pivotal relationships with industry cloud providers to shift the company from an on-premises storage to a hybrid cloud solution. Before joining Avere in 2013, Mike helped build the business development and OEM organizations at CommVault. This was preceded by working to implement OEM roadmaps at Dell (now Dell EMC).
Mike holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.
Partner Software Engineer Manager
With more than twenty years of storage industry experience in both engineering and executive management, Dave leads the engineering team in the development of Avere’s market-leading file systems and FXT Edge filers. Prior to Avere Systems, Dave was director of network-attached storage engineering at HP with overall responsibility for scale-out NAS solutions based on its IBRIX technology and the integration of scale-out solutions. Before joining HP, Dave was vice president of engineering at Panasas, responsible for the development and delivery of the first and subsequent releases of the ActiveScale parallel storage solution. Earlier in his career, Dave held engineering and management roles in several companies including Transarc, Westinghouse Electric, and MCS.
Dave holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Principal Program Manager
Rebecca directs product strategy for the Avere product line within Microsoft Azure. She brings more than twenty years of marketing and product management expertise from technology companies that range from large public entities to small privately held firms to her role. Prior to Rebecca heading marketing at Avere Systems, she was vice president of marketing at Vivisimo [now part of IBM], where she successfully positioned the software company from a niche player to a market leader in enterprise search by focusing on the development and promotion of Web 2.0 functionality. Before Vivisimo, Rebecca was vice president of marketing at FreeMarkets [now part of SAP], a pioneer in global spend management, and responsible for managing and developing the company's product lines and worldwide marketing initiatives after its successful IPO. Before FreeMarkets, she was director of corporate marketing at FORE Systems until its acquisition by Marconi. Prior to FORE, she built the highest-rated analyst relations program in the industry at Cisco Systems and was an industry analyst for Dataquest [Gartner Group], both in San Jose, CA.
Rebecca has a B.A. from the University of North Dakota.