Kazan Networks was founded by an experienced team of high-tech veterans who trace their roots back to the Systems business at HP in the early 90s. After being part of the team to create the industry’s most widely-deployed embedded Fibre Channel controller (Tachyon and its follow-ons), the team continued to innovate in the areas of iSCSI controllers, FC-to-SATA bridges, SAS controllers, and high-performance networking solutions. The leadership team has been awarded over 60 patents in the areas of storage and networking.

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Joe Steinmetz, Co-founder and CEO

Joe brings to the table 26 years of experience in enterprise storage networking. His previous roles include leading the ASIC team at Emulex and roles of CTO at both Emulex and Sierra Logic, which he helped co-found in 2001. He has been awarded 24 patents in his leadership roles in high-performance ASIC architecture. He holds a Master’s degree from National Technical University and a Computer Engineering degree from California State University at Chico.

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Mike Thompson, Co-founder and CTO

In his 32 years of enterprise storage networking experience, Mike has architected numerous complex and high-performance ASIC solutions: the first generation Tachyon at Hewlett-Packard; an iSCSI controller at Little Mountain Group (which he co-founded in 1999, acquired by qLogic in 2001); the design of 40 and 100Gb rNIC and CNA controllers at Emulex. Mike holds 18 patents for his work on storage and networking controllers and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from California State University at Chico.

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Murthy Kompella, Co-founder and VP Engineering

Murthy has spent the majority of his 24 years designing and implementing storage and networking controllers. He has led numerous teams from concept to final product on over two dozen ASICs while at HP, Agilent, Sierra Logic, and Emulex. Murthy has been awarded 15 patents for his ASIC design work, and holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University, India

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Bryan Cowger, VP Sales and Marketing

In his 22 years in the storage networking industry, Bryan has held positions in R&D, Marketing, and Sales. After roles at HP and Agilent Technologies, he helped co-found Sierra Logic in 2001 (acquired by Emulex in 2006), leading the Sales and Marketing teams there. Bryan holds 4 patents for his architecture work on the Tachyon family. Bryan has a BSEE degree from the University of California at San Diego.