Meet Sergey, Storage Engineer

Criterion Careers | Day in the Life Series

Meet Sergey, Storage Engineer

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What do you do?

Well, my job is pretty simple — I make sure NAS (Network Attached Storage) data stored on the systems we support for our customers is available and meets customer performance levels. While this may sound fairly straightforward, it is not easy to achieve. Customers always want more speed, the ability to get to files faster, and unlimited space. I also work closely with my other teams including backup and FC SAN (Fiber Channel Storage Area Network).

What are 5 things you do almost every day?

Have breakfast, work on customer INC and change request system, coffee, and talk to my peers, Rodney and Anil. These are great guys and I am enjoying being a member of the team with them!

Do you have a morning ritual? Something you do to start your day?

Absolutely. I kill two chickens…when I fry my morning eggs for breakfast.

What kind of skills do you need to be effective in your role?

I have been in IT for about 25 years now, and have a masters in Electronics Engineering. I like to think that I am using all of that in order to be effective doing my job. However, I think some critical skills are patience and attention to detail, as well as maintaining ownership of the task from the beginning to the end.

What do you like best about your job?

I love problem solving and the challenges of work in the complex enterprise environment.

What advice would you give to someone looking to become a Storage Engineer?

If you are interested, be prepared to work very hard. You need to spend many hours getting familiar with a multitude of systems before you start working on storage. Plus, be ready to bear the responsibility of ensuring customer data is available and accessible.