CTO and Executive Director of Data Protection, Dell
Goutham (Gou) Rao is the CTO and Executive Director of Data Protection at Dell. Rao is in charge of the technical direction, strategy and architecture of all Dell data protection products, which include Dell DR disk based backup data protection line, AppAssure Backup and Recovery solutions, Quest-NetVault Backup software and Quest-VRanger backup solutions for virtual infrastructures.Rao joined Dell through the acquisition of Ocarina Networks, where he was the Co-Founder, CTO and Chief Architect of Ocarina Networks, the leader in Data Optimization algorithms and infrastructure. At Ocarina, Rao was responsible for algorithm design, implementation and product architecture. Ocarina Networks was acquired by Dell in 2010 and Rao continued his role as the Executive Director of technology, in charge of algorithms and architecture. Under his technical leadership, the teams developed the DR data protection appliance and integrated storage optimization technologies into our primary storage filesystem, the Fluid FS.Prior to Ocarina, Rao was the CTO of the Advanced Solutions Group (ASG) for Citrix Systems. Citrix ASG provided solutions for Secure Remote Access, IP Telephony Applications, Business Continuity and Mobile Solutions. Rao provided technology and product leadership to Citrix Systems on identifying new market opportunities.Rao was the CTO and Co-Founder of Net 6 and joined Citrix via the acquisition. While at Citrix, Rao was the developer of the Hybrid VPN, the first of its kind to provide application access from any PC with support for real-time applications such as VoIP. Using cutting edge SSL over IP techniques, Rao architected a channel ready product that worked seamlessly for all applications with superior application performance and geographical high availability.Prior to joining Net6, Rao was an open source Linux kernel developer AND a key Operating Systems Architect at Intel where he worked on the IA-64 project. At Intel, Rao worked on various UNIX kernels, and in particular designed and implemented some key components of Linux’s Intel 64-bit architecture. He was also a key architect for Lockheed Martin’s distribution and optimization network for low-bandwidth radio-based networks, as utilized by the U.S. defense industry.Rao holds an MS Computer Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and a BE from Bangalore University, in both cases earning high distinction. He has authored numerous patents, as well as publishing articles on such subjects as business continuity, secure remote access, and distributed fault tolerant architectures.