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Sun Snares Ex-EMC'er

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) has recruited former EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) engineering executive Fidelma Russo to a newly created position as VP of quality engineering for its network storage group.

Russo, who started at Sun on Oct. 20, has been charged with driving quality in the development of Sun's storage products. Based in the Boston area, she reports directly to Mark Canepa, executive VP of the network storage group.

In an exclusive interview with Byte and Switch, Russo says her job description is still in the process of being defined, although it's clear she will be working closely with Sun's distributed storage engineering teams located in Newark, Calif.; Broomfield, Colo.; and Massachusetts. She says the job seems like an "intriguing opportunity."

"One of the things that was important to me was that this was a systems company," she says. "This is more than just a storage role. It's positioning the storage group to work with servers and software."

Russo most recently was VP of advanced storage systems development at EMC, where she worked for Dave Donatelli, executive VP of storage platforms operations, as well as Moshe Yanai, who's considered the architect of EMC's flagship Symmetrix storage system (see Who Calls the Shots at EMC?). In that role, she had input into the initial Symmetrix DMX concept but was primarily focused on developing EMC's strategy around next-generation technologies, including InfiniBand, caching architectures, and storage virtualization switches.

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