Contributor Bios

Troy Bailey

Troy Bailey

Director of Marketing, Networking Solutions Group

Troy Bailey oversees marketing of LSI Axxia products in enterprise and datacenter applications as director of marketing for LSI’s Networking Solutions Group.

Prior to joining LSI, Troy was vice president of Marketing at Tilera Corporation,
where he was responsible for all marketing activities at the semiconductor startup.
His 14 years of industry experience include marketing and strategy positions at

Jim Evans

Jim Evans

Product Marketing Manager, RAID Solutions Division

Jim Evans is a seasoned product marketing manager with more than 12 years of experience in product marketing at LSI and previously at American Megatrends Inc. (AMI). Before entering product marketing, he was an editor and staff writer with technology industry trade publications.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida.

Raghu Kondapalli

Raghu Kondapalli

Director of Technology, Strategic Planning & Solution
Architecture, Networking Solutions Group

Raghu Kondapalli has rich experience and deep knowledge of the cloud-based, service provider and enterprise networking business, specifically in packet processing, switching and SoC architectures. As director of technology for LSI’s Networking Solutions Group, he focuses on strategic planning and solution architecture.

Previously, Raghu was CTO of cloud-based video services company Cloud Grapes Inc. and led technology and architecture teams at Applied Micro, Marvell, Nokia and Nortel. He has about 25 patent applications in process.

Raghu received a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Osmania
University in India and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose
State University.

Thomas Kodet

Tom Kodet

Director of WebCloud Group, RAID Storage Division

Tom Kodet is a product line director in the RAID Storage Division of LSI, overseeing the WebCloud group. Previously, he was channel product marketing manager for the former Engenio Storage Group at LSI, where he led a channel-centric team that provided product direction and fostered strategic partnerships to grow sales of LSI-branded storage adapters worldwide.

Tom’s 20 years of storage industry experience includes roles as design and field
applications engineers and in business development, marketing and sales management.
Prior to LSI, Kodet worked for Honeywell Defense Avionics Systems Division.

Kodet holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Electrical Engineering from North
Dakota State University.

Kimberly Leyenaar

Kimberly Leyenaar

Principal Big Data Engineer, Datacenter Solutions Group

Kimberly Leyenaar leads the Solutions Competency Team as a Principal Big Data Engineer overseeing all storage performance-related activities for LSI’s Datacenter Solutions Group. Kimberly and her team help design cost-effective, high-performing storage solutions for Big Data architectures and tune storage performance to application needs for top-tier OEM and hyperscale datacenter customers.

Prior to LSI, Kimberly worked in Adaptec’s storage performance group. She has 15
years’ experience in datacenter storage, has written articles for trade journals
and magazines s, and is a frequent presenter at trade shows and conferences.

Kimberly has a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of
Central Florida.

Rob Ober

Rob Ober

Processor and System Architect, Corporate Strategy

Rob Ober drives LSI into new technologies, businesses and products as an LSI fellow in Corporate Strategy. Prior to joining LSI, he was a fellow in the Office of the CTO at AMD, responsible for mobile platforms, embedded platforms and wireless strategy. He was a founding board member of OLPC ($100 and OpenSPARC.

Rob’s 30 years of experience in processor and system architecture includes management
of Newton Technologies at Apple Computer and involvement in creating the PowerPC
Macintosh computers, PowerPC, StrongARM, TriCore and ARC processors. He also has
helped develop supercomputers, mainframes and high-speed networks and has dozens
of patents in mobility, computing and processor architecture.

Rob has an honors Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc.) in Systems Design Engineering
from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Mark Pokorny

Mark Pokorny

Principal Database Engineer, Datacenter Solutions Group

Mark Pokorny is responsible for database technology solutions with an emphasis on PCI-e flash storage, in-memory, performance tuning, and high availability as a principal database engineer for LSI’s Datacenter Solutions Group.

Mark has worked in the storage industry for the past six years driving the development
of database solutions. Prior to LSI, Mark supported multiple database administration
projects with companies such as HP, NetApp and Samaritan Health.

He has a bachelor’s of science degree in information systems from Linfield College.

Hubbert Smith

Hubbert Smith

Big Data and Analytics Manager, Corporate Strategy

Hubbert Smith leads alliance management for LSI’s big data and analytics initiatives, driving strategic partnerships and innovative reference designs.

Prior to LSI, Hubbert was product manager of NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop. He
also worked at Western Digital, where, as director of enterprise marketing, he drove
the company’s entry into the enterprise hard drive market and built a business exceeding
1 million hard drives shipped per quarter.

Hubbert wrote the original 13 use cases that influenced the direction of the SATA industry standard and served on a SATA-IO committee as technical editor of an early version of the SATA specification. Hubbert authored “Data Center Storage: Cost-Effective Strategies, Implementation, and Management” and co-authored “Serial ATA Storage Architectures and Applications: Designing High-Performance, Cost-Effective I/O Solutions.”

Hubbert holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn

Kent Smith

Kent Smith

Senior Director of Marketing, Flash Components Division

Kent Smith is senior director of marketing for LSI’s Flash Components Division, overseeing all outbound marketing and performance analysis.

Prior to LSI, Kent was senior director of corporate marketing at SandForce, acquired by LSI in 2012. Kent’s more than 25 years of marketing and management experience in computer storage and high-technology includes senior management positions at companies including Adaptec, Acer, Polycom, Quantum and SiliconStor.

Kent holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Kent Smith

Rick Stehno

Principal Database Engineer, Database Solutions Group

Rick Stehno has 36 years of IT industry experience and for the past 24 years has worked with Oracle relational databases. He has been at LSI for six years, benchmarking Oracle databases for the company’s SAN storage and flash technology divisions.

Rick has spoken at MySQL Connect, Oracle User group meetings and at other Oracle events. He has also published many papers on the LSI website and websites of the company’s OEM customers. Rick was awarded a patent for enhancing application and storage performance in 2013.

Hayden Thomas

Hayden Thomas

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Hayden Thomas oversees manufacturing supply chain, business operations, corporate quality and corporate real estate functions as senior vice president of worldwide manufacturing and operations. Hayden joined LSI in October 2006 after 24 years with Intel Corporation, where he held various engineering, operations and general management positions.

Hayden received a bachelor’s degree in Material Science & Engineering from the
University of Washington and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the
University of Portland.