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.
DataDirect Networks is happy to announce 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.
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.”
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I have been working at DDN Storage full-time
This company is honestly the best . So far in my opinion this company is a wonderful place to grow. it provides a great platform for one to grow in the company and provides amazing opportunity to travel and meet fresh new exciting employees. With great salaries more responsibility is bestowed upon you, which makes the job exciting and challenging pushes you to be the best that you can be. With all companies has its positives and negatives I can honestly say that this company is growing more positive direction everyday
Don't listen to all the negative reviews , this company is growing in positive strives every day. You get to work with some of the top people in the industry can offer such NASA , Uber, and Tesla just to name a few.
Advice to Management
Advice to management, don't be so quick to shut down new or encouraging advice or opportunities from new employees, be open minded
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.
Reasons for Declining
Based on the phone interview, I was completely turned off after the first 5 minutes.