Michael Cornwell, a Founding Engineer of Pure Storage, has served both technical and business leadership roles in the growth of the company and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for Asia Pacific and Japan. He joined Pure Storage from Sun Microsystems where he served as Lead Technologist for Flash Memory. Michael developed the first enterprise NAND flash in partnership with Samsung. Michael led creation of multiple flash products including the flash acceleration technology that powered several generations of Oracle Exadata and the company’s first all-flash storage array which was the core building block in Oracle’s TPC-C record-breaking transactional database machine. Previously, Michael was instrumental in the adoption of NAND flash in Apple products including iPod and iPhone where he led Storage Engineering for the iPod division. Michael started his career with Quantum Corporation where focused on developing new markets for disk drives. He led the development of the company’s first virtual tape drive marking the transition from tape to disk for their backup products. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has 56 U.S. patents awarded in flash and other storage technologies.