Richard Swain is an IT Specialist working in IBM's Sales and Distribution group
based in RTP.
He is currently working as the Storage
Engineering Team Lead for the Carolinas Region.
He is responsible for architecting enterprise- and mid-size storage systems,
including Tape, Flash, and Disk systems.
Richard's interest at IBM has been with
Network-Attached Storage (NAS) products, including Scale out NAS (SoNAS),
and the N series Storage platform within the IBM OEM partnership with
Netapp. Richard graduated from NCSU in 1997.
In his 16 years in IT, Richard has
moved through the ranks as a Network Specialist, Exchange Administrator,
Storage and Systems Engineer, and Sales Engineer.
Richard writes several blogs for IBM and other storage related interests.
His articles reach thousands of readers worldwide, and have been included in
websites such as ComputerWorld, The Register, and Triangle Business Journal.
Richard is also an author of a Redbook for
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and is currently working on another Redbook.
He has spoken at conferences all around the world about his
perspective on storage and how the storage industry still strives while
other parts of the IT industry are waning.
Outside of work, Richard enjoys music, beer making, and gardening.
He is married with two beautiful children, and lives in Cary with their dog Riley.