Avinash Lakshman isn’t yet saying exactly how his stealth-mode startup called Hedvig will disrupt the storage space, only that the future will be software-defined. Yes, it’s a vague prediction, but you should probably pay attention nonetheless.
If there are two things Lakshman isn’t short on, they’re big ideas about distributed systems and determination. Lakshman is best known for creating the Cassandra NoSQL database while working at Facebook from 2007 through 2011. Prior to that, he spent three years at Amazon and helped create the Dynamo database system that underpins much of Amazon.com and inspired both Cassandra and Amazon Web Services’ DynamoDB offering. Lakshman doesn’t really recall what he was doing before joining the Dynamo team (“something inconsequential, for sure,” he joked), but it’s how he got to be part of that team at Amazon that speaks volumes about his desire to succeed.
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