Steve Gregory has more than 16 years of experience in high-end storage and infrastructure design with specific experience in data protection storage in both pre-sales and as a technical architect. He currently serves as the Data Protection Technical Architect for WWT and has professional certifications in Veeam and Commvault sales as well as EMC’s Technology Architect track.

Q&A with Steve Gregory

Tell us about your background and how you got into technology.
I’m a competitive ex-athlete/strength coach turned tech guru. My training and education drove me to make a life changing decision and enter into the corporate world.  I began my technical career as a tech analyst and administrator with a large mailing systems company.  Early days of analysis of various technology, led me into compute and storage architecture. After several years on the customer side, I joined the largest storage company in the world and spent nearly 14 years developing my craft.  This experience gave me the opportunity to manage others’ technical careers, coaching them to develop their own path to success and solve many large customers business challenges.
What is your role at WWT?
My role at WWT is aligned to the data center storage practice.  I manage the specific discipline within that called data protection. My responsibilities include business development, field enablement and technical sales support for backup and recovery, data retention and archive, business continuity, disaster recovery and protection storage platforms including cloud solutions.
What innovation is happening in storage that has you really excited?
Software advancements allow customers to be even more agile with where their data lives, allowing for data mobility that follows the users who need access to it. Because of new technology platforms, such as flash and object storage, customers are able to change the way they increase both performance and scalability to meet business demands.
Describe a recent interaction with a customer that led to solving a problem.
In my role, I conduct data protection workshops for our customers. Most recently, a customer needed help to resolve  the overwhelming data growth through recent acquisitions and new applications. There was no central way to manage this data, no understanding of policy to retain the data and no more room in their antiquated tape systems. Through this workshop, the customer was able to identify a new strategy for reducing the amount of data being backed up each day by archiving stale and redundant data, moving toward a new software solution that can perform de-duplicated algorithms on purpose built disk targets and replicate data to an offsite location (private cloud) to reduce dependence on tape.  All of this being centrally managed through the new application set.