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Former Technicolor tech guru Tom Burns joins EMC

EMC, which just introduced the new software-defined storage product IsilonSD Edge and a new next-generation EMC Isilon OneFS operating system targeting post pros, has hired media and technology veteran Tom Burns as its media and entertainment CTO. Burns was most recently at Technicolor as director of post-production infrastructure. While there  he re-engineered film- and tape-based workflows using shared storage. Other experiences includes building a boutique post-production facility in Shanghai.

“Tom is an expert in media technology and is ideally suited to lead our team as his experience spans broadcast, feature and episodic post, VFX and 3D animation software development,” says David Chapa, CTO for EMC’s Emerging Technology Division. “Currently we’re seeing a rapid growth of file-based data that has increased the need for highly scalable and efficient storage solutions that meet high-demand post-production, transcoding and distribution requirements. Tom’s background gives him unique insight into the needs of our media and entertainment customers. He understands first-hand that every company’s storage needs are different.”

Burns was also the architect of the converged IP and SDI infrastructure for Oprah Winfrey’s first network, Oxygen (now NBCUniversal). He is a founding member of the StudioSysAdmins social networking site, and has previously spoken on the topic of technology and business transformation at conferences including the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) and SIGGRAPH.

“Every organization’s storage footprint is different, and our customers in the media and entertainment space are no exception,” says Burns. “The needs of an OTT operator differ vastly from those of a VFX facility and EMC provides a full spectrum of high-performing storage solutions that are simple, scalable and resilient.”


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