Data Direct Networks

Cloud Storage Product Manager

5 months ago(8/31/2017 10:25 AM)
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At DDN we recognize that a paradigm shift is well underway in how software is developed, deployed, and managed: from microservices and containers to big data, the consumption model for infrastructure is shifting to a self-service, devops model commonly known as “cloud native”. Whether these clouds are public or private, the challenge for DDN is to make its next generation of storage products not only software-defined, but also a natural fit for companies adopting this cloud native computing approach.

Job Description

Cloud Storage Product Manager




We are looking for a Product Manager to help drive this effort.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Setting the long term vision and strategy for compelling and differentiated software defined storage services
  • Defining a concrete and complete set of metrics for upcoming releases to support engineering, managing the roadmap and prioritising feature requests and managing trade-offs.
  • Maintaining a Product Requirements documentation set and interacting regularly with engineering in discussing and refining elements therein
  • Having a rigorous approach to gathering intelligence for detailed product definition: Attending conferences, reading articles, meeting customers, engaging with the field, performing  competitive and market analyses, monitoring technology trends etc 
  • Fostering an active customer/partner ecosystem to support engagement and feedback
  • Creating field-ready product data and assisting marketing with a sound basis for new materials/whitepapers/datasheets,etc
  • The product manager should be adept in liaising with field, managing field-facing FAQ/Wiki material and also presenting at industry events on occasion. 


What you will bring to the DDN Innovators...

  • Deep understanding of the state of the art and the future of the top three public clouds (Amazon, Google, Azure) both in terms of storage services and cloud workflows
  • You know what the next innovation in cloud storage needs to be in order to be relevant and highly differentiated for the Global 1000. You can articulate your vision convincingly and you are looking for the right people to do it with
  • Successfully developed complex public or private clouds, including evaluating both open source and proprietary storage technologies
  • Directly provided technical leadership and provided solutions in cloud (public or large scale private)
  • “Startup” experience in terms of iterating quickly on product/market fit, including customer development and the wisdom and humility to know when to apply your own industry experience versus when to stop and ask the users


What you have achieved:

  • Recognition as a technical and thought leader with demonstrated ability to push new developments and build strong working relationships with cross-functional teams.
  • You are a great communicator (verbal, written, and visual) who has the ability to influence and build consensus.
  • Reputation for leveraging latest technology innovations into concrete highly differentiated customer solutions.
  • Extensive understanding of software development in cloud storage technologies, such as Amazon EBS, Google Persistent Disk, Microsoft Azure cloud storage
  • Good familiarity with traditional enterprise virtualisation environments, on-prem and public cloud as well as microservices/docker environments. Good understanding of File Block and Object protocols and their usage and various implementations in cloud
  • Proven track record of delivering results and an ability to work in a rapid environment with shifting priorities 
  • BA/BS or MA/MS in a technical field

DDN Core Characteristics

DDN has a very strong orientation towards these 4 characteristics and any successful employee will demonstrate these capabilities: 


Self-Starter - Takes independent action to identify and solve problems. Seeks out relevant information needed to make decisions. Gets involved with new initiatives. 

Success/Achievement Orientation - Delivers quality results consistently. Targets, achieves (or exceeds) measurable results. Sets challenging goals, focuses on critical priorities, and is accountable. 

Problem Solving - Recognizes problems and responds with a systematic assessment that identifies and addresses cause of issue. Practical, realistic, and resourceful. 

Innovative - Builds and improves key business processes that enhance the effectiveness of DDN. Generates new ideas, challenges the status quo, and solves problems creatively.


DataDirect Networks, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, sex stereotyping, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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