Artifact Details

Title

Malavalli, Kumar oral history

Catalog Number

102746234

Type

Text

Date

2012-04-03

Contributor

Allan, Dal, Interviewer
Dennis, Eric, Videographer
Malavalli, Kumar, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

56 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Kumar Malavalli was a co-founder of Brocade Communications, the switch manufacturer which led industry into the realm of SANs (Storage Area Networks).

Kumar was an original participant and active developer of the Fibre Channel standards in the T11 Accredited Standards Committee. His mixed background in telephony and process control systems, brought insights on how to structure networks that were foreign to LAN (Local Area Network) environments.

Until Fibre Channel and the supporting infrastructure of Name Servers, Zones et al became available; there was no way to manage storage as a site entity.

Category

Oral history

Subject

Storage history; Fibre Channel Backbone (FC-BB); Fibre Channel; name server; network; storage area network (SAN); switches; zones

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X6471.2012