I’m delighted to report that Walter Curti has joined Syncsort as Vice President of Data Protection Engineering. Walter is a long-time player in the data protection space and a true visionary.
I first met Walter back at Cheyenne Software where I worked in the mid 90s. He was in charge of the Windows division at Cheyenne where we worked on ground-breaking products like ARCserve data backup software and InocuLAN anti-virus software. Those were the early days of what we used to call client-server computing, and the innovations were coming fast and furious. Cheyenne was breaking new ground in protecting open files, in integrating backup and anti-virus with applications, and with unique ways to make tape backup faster (including “Tape RAID” – whatever happened to that?). This was back in the day when a backup that measured in Gigabytes was a lot! These innovations seem routine today, but back then integrating backup with a database was cutting edge.
Another event I remember very well was when Cheyenne developed the first Bare Metal Restore application for Windows NT. That project was driven by Walter and I recall him telling me how Microsoft said it was an impossible task. There was no way to restore a server without going through the full Windows NT install and then copying back the data. You couldn’t restore the previous system state. Well Walter didn’t let Microsoft put him off, and sure enough he figured out how to do it and Cheyenne was the first vendor with a BMR product for NT.
This refusal to accept defeat is characteristic of Walter’s approach to technology and innovation. He is also a terrific team leader and motivator who knows how to listen to his people. You can’t say that of everyone in this business!
Walter and I took different roads after CA acquired Cheyenne and I didn’t work with him again until our paths cross briefly several years ago. I’m very excited to be working with him again now at Syncsort, and I’m confident that our users and partners will soon see the benefits his vision, enthusiasm and insight will bring to our data protection offerings.