W. Curtis Preston
From Backup Central
W. Curtis Preston has been specializing in data protection since 1993, when he was responsible for backups at a $35 Billion dollar credit card company with 24x7 availability requirements. It was at this company that Curtis selected and used his first commercial backup and recovery product.
He left that company to go into consulting "to get out of backups and become a real systems administrator." His first assignment was the headquarters of another very large corporation who, as it turns out, had no decent backup system -- so much for getting out of backups. An Oracle backup script he had written came in so handy there that he decided to publish it in his first article. The hundred or so emails he received from around the world were enough to give Curtis the publishing bug. He suddenly realized that there was quite a demand for the knowledge that he had acquired over the years.
He immediately began working on Unix Backup & Recovery, his first book. This was followed by more articles, another book (Using SANs and NAS), and many speaking opportunities around the world. Preston has advised some of the largest companies in the world on their data protection systems, including three of the Fortune 10.
Preston is now the Vice President of Data Protection for GlassHouse Technologies, the largest independent provider of storage-related professional services -- including complete operational management of your backup system. He is now considered by many people to be the industry's foremost expert on backup and data protection.