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DDN Storage Overview
Chatsworth, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
DDN is the leading big data storage supplier to data-intensive, global organizations. For more than 18 years, DDN has designed, developed, deployed and optimized systems, software and solutions which enable enterprises, service providers, universities and government agencies to ... Read more

DDN Storage – Why Work For Us?

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world's largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and services that enable content-rich and high-growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high-performance cloud and grid computing users, life sciences researchers, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations. Deployed in thousands of mission-critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information-powered enterprise. 

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  • 10 paid vacation days accrued in year one
  • Paid holidays, sick days, bereavement and jury duty leave
  • Latest and greatest technology tools
  • Cell phone bill reimbursement
  • Stock options
  • Bonus program
  • Killer referral bonus program
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401k
  • Maternity & paternity leave

Be part of something BIG. #THINKDDN


Our customers tackle the world’s biggest challenges in business, science, academia and government. And everyday, they rely on DDN Technology to turn their BIG ideas into reality.


Our products and their unique capabilities are the foundation that make it possible for researchers to push the limits of “what can be done”. We enable these innovators to discover cures to disease, observe global warming patterns, model innovative automotive and aerospace designs, discover new sources of energy, create and distribute Ultra HD movies and TV, make societies safer and accelerate business results across a wide variety of industries.



Our team is made up of the best and the brightest innovators that have kept us at the forefront of storage technology for the past 15 years. If you’re yearning for an environment that’s highly energized, collaborative and rewarding, we’d like to hear from you. 


We work hard and play hard together, both in the office and at our offsite events. A host of fun activities exist at our Silicon Valley campus, including an outdoor bocce ball court, walking/biking paths and gaming tables. Balance extends to encouraging our team to enjoy their downtime with highly competitive PTO, health, tuition reimbursement and retirement benefits.

Employee Spotlight

DataDirect Networks is happy announced Jessica Popp as the company’s general manager (GM) of the newly created Infinite Memory Engine (IME®) business unit. In this new role, Popp will leverage more than 20 years of experience in storage software and engineering management to build a world-class development organization for DDN’s IME business. In addition, she will oversee the growth of the IME development and quality assurance teams, advance the IME feature set, and accelerate customer acquisition and revenue growth.

“Jessica Popp is an execution-focused engineering executive with a proven track record in managing highly specialized development organizations that build complex, system-level software products,” said Robert Triendl, senior vice president, global sales, marketing, and field services, DDN. “As customer requirements evolve in both the technical computing and the enterprise big data markets, elastic storage solutions built from the ground up for non-volatile memory will become the norm for enterprise and cloud data centers. Jessica’s leadership skills, her experience in managing distributed development teams, and her relentless focus on execution will be extremely valuable to DDN as we advance the IME product to meet broader market requirements.”

Prior to joining DDN, Popp was the engineering director of the High Performance Data Division at Intel Corporation, where she managed the development and support of the Lustre* parallel file system and related products. In this role, she led a globally-distributed engineering division that provided end-to-end R&D, quality assurance, production support and product management for storage software products. Popp joined Intel in 2012 through its acquisition of Whamcloud, the main development arm for the open-source Lustre file system, where she played a vital role in the development and growth of the Lustre open-source file system software business.

Tweet this: #Intel exec Jessica Popp joins @ddn_limitless as GM of IME Business Unit – #HPC

DDN has maintained its commitment to lead innovation in storage performance and scalability for the technical computing and enterprise big data markets. The company’s newly created IME business unit reflects this dedication and will drive the development, evolution and maturity of DDN’s IME software-defined storage product. Available as software-only or as an appliance server, IME is a flash-native data cache that scales out to solve I/O scale and bottleneck challenges cost-effectively. It provides predictable, fast application performance with one-tenth to one-hundredth the storage hardware as compared with conventional storage solutions.

“With the growing challenge of I/O bottlenecks and achieving high performance at scale, DDN’s IME scale-out, flash-native data caching solution, while still in its early stages, will undoubtedly play a major role for technical computing and enterprise big data environments in the future – and drive significant growth for DDN,” Jessica Popp said. “I am excited to work with the high-caliber engineering team at DDN, to position the organization to seize the exciting market challenges and opportunities of the future, and to advance DDN’s IME technology radically to meet and exceed the demanding requirements of our worldwide customers and partners, now and well into the future.”

One of the best parts about working at DataDirect Networks is the amazingly intelligent, friendly and eclectic group of people we’re privileged to call coworkers. In the spirit of celebrating our unique culture and the individuals that contribute to it.

Check out the profiles of these outstanding DDN employees:

Margaret Finnstrom, Sr. Accountant  

Jed Carandang, Sr. Graphics Designer  

Fabrizio Mariani, Systems Engineer Manager, EMEA  

Jo-Anne Daniels, Trade Compliance Manager

Alex Bouzari, CEO - Chief Executive Officer & Paul Bloch, President  

David Magat, System Administrator ll  

Chris Gills, Sr. Production Material Planner

Kathie Harris, Sr. Payroll Administrator  

William "Bill" Lomelino, Director Product Management  

Fabrizio Mariani, Systems Engineer Manager, EMEA  

Elvis Pham, Factory & Supplier Quality - Manager

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    I have been working at DDN Storage full-time (More than a year)


    Great staff of engineers, operations, and admin that work well together. Leader in terms of technology and HPC market share.


    Maturing from a Founder lead company to new leadership brought from outside the org. Growing pains as processes are developed and reassignment a are being made.

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    We are on the right track! Let go and let's grow.

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    I applied through other source. I interviewed at DDN Storage (Salt Lake City, UT).


    Horrible, very unprofessional. This was the most unprofessional interview I've had in my entire career. It was quite obvious that the person conducting the interview had an extreme lack of managing folks. You could barely get a word in edgewise cus he continually cut you off at the knees to interject. Asked questions that were not pertinent to the position. Was to busy grandstanding to try and impress me, and all as he did was look foolish and showed he lacked managerial experience, more importantly good listening skills.

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    • Question that were totally unrelated to the position. He was too busy asking a question that was not relevant so he could jump in and attempt to look smart. He didn't sound smart, he sound extremely immature and too busy thinking he was impressing me with what he knew. Waste of my time completely. Glad I found this out at this point. Especially given the fact he bad mouthed current employees in an interview.   1 Answer

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    Based on the phone interview, I was completely turned off after the first 5 minutes.

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DDN Storage Awards & Accolades

  • Visionary Product Award, Storage Visions, 2015
  • Best of Show, NewBay Media, 2015
  • Best in Video Surveillance Data Storage Award, SIA New Product Showcase, 2015
  • Best HPC Storage Product or Technology Reader's Choice, HPCwire, 2015
  • Best Use of HPC in Automotive, HPCwire, 2015
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