As founder and executive vice president, David Hitz is responsible for the future strategy and direction of Network Appliance. David Hitz and James Lau founded Network Appliance in 1992 with a desire to simplify storage the way Cisco simplified networking. Mr. Hitz and Mr. Lau believed that general-purpose computing systems were too complex, so they built dedicated devices called appliances. These appliances were designed to do one thing well: storage. Thus, the word appliance was inserted into the company name.
Prior to this, Mr. Hitz worked as a senior engineer at Auspex Corporation, an enterprise storage solutions provider, where he was responsible for file systems and microkernel design. He also held engineering positions at MIPS Computer, focusing on file system and I/O subsystem design for the System V kernel development effort. Mr. Hitz holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Princeton University.
Dave's Blog, I am a Lobbyist. Am I Evil?, http://blogs.netapp.com/dave/?month=5&day=2&year=2006 (May 2, 2006, 02:45 PM PDT)
Dave's Blog, Data Security Broadly Defined, http://blogs.netapp.com/dave/?month=11&day=11&year=2005 (Nov. 11, 2005, 07:37 PM PST)
Dave's Blog, Saving Puppies in Washington, D.C., http://blogs.netapp.com/dave/?month=10&day=26&year=2005 (Oct. 26, 2005, 02:46 PM PDT)