KK Rao is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Senior Manager of Advanced Storage Subsystems, a part of Storage Systems Research at the IBM Research - Almaden in San Jose, California. His department works on areas such as virtualization, server/storage synergy, scalability, performance, reliability and data integrity. Rao has been with IBM Research at Almaden since October 2002 and has worked on advanced RAID algorithms, scale-out storage systems, distributed storage, deferred maintenance and solid-state information systems. Previously, he was the CTO of Mylex Storage Systems, a former IBM subsidiary building midrange storage subsystems and controllers. At Mylex, Rao was one of the key designers of a family of RAID controllers, of which Mylex shipped over a million units during the period from 1992 to 2002. Rao has 30+ years of industry experience, over 20 of which have been in storage. He has a BSEE and MSEE from IIT Bombay.