We are Silverton Consulting.

We do data storage, systems and strategy for vendors and IT customers alike

Vendor Marketing

SCI offers a number of services tailored for storage and system vendors or their business partners.
Marketing: provides SCI branded storage analyst and lab validation reports, podcasts,and other other marketing materials.
Competitive analysis: analyzes competitive product technology, position and trends to asses your product's advantages. Performance benchmarking and tuning: improves storage product IOP and throughput performance.

Vendor Strategy

Strategic planning process: helping you plan your marketing or corporate strategy to achieve business success.
Competitive strategy and SWOT analysis: helping you select among the many strategic choices available to maximize corporate success
Portfolio management: helping you choose and fund products that provide the best options for long term success
Technology management: helping you assess and manage risks of new technology development and acquisition.

Product Development

SCI offers a number of new product development services tailored to organizations developing software and hardware intensive solutions
Project reviews: helps audit new projects system and software development activities to help insure product feasibility and delivery schedules.
New product design/development process assessments: helps assess product development processes to help improve product delivery.
Intellectual property support: assists legal defense to uphold patents and other intellectual property rights.

Data Center Services

NAS, SAN, DAS, SwDefStorage storage selection, design, setup and administration: supports iSCSI and FC SAN, NAS & SwDefStor RFP/RPQ purchase, configuration, consolidation and ongoing management of external storage.
Data protection (backup/archive) selection, setup and administration: supports backup solution RFP/RPQ purchases, design and ongoing operations to meet IT recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO).
BC/DR planing, design, assessment and testing: helps IT design, implement and test ongoing application BC/DR activities.
iSCSI/FC SAN storage and NAS system performance: tunes storage features/functions/configurations to optimize application/workload IO performance.

Who we are.


President/Founder/Chief Cook/Chief Bottlewasher

Ray Lucchesi is the president of Silverton Consulting and has worked in data storage for over 30 years, mostly in engineering and marketing new enterprise class disk and tape automation products. Ray also speaks at major storage conferences and has authored numerous articles for the storage industry press.
At Silverton Consulting, Ray has helped storage vendors improve product development, marketing and strategy. Also, Ray has helped data storage end users evaluate and optimize new storage products. Ray writes on storage topics on his blog RayOnStorage.com and can also be followed on Twitter @RayLucchesi and is a co-host on the GreyBeards On Storage monthly podcast.
At StorageTek, Ray focused on marketing and product strategy. Before that, he directed embedded code development for StorageTek’s enterprise disk subsystem. Much earlier, Ray was lead architect and later managed the team that developed the host (server) software for StorageTek’s first automated tape library.

Ray holds a BS from Bradley University. Ray is a Senior member of the IEEE and a registered member of TASA (Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys). Ray was voted "Top Speaker - SNIA Tutorials" for his April'07 talk on VoIP data mining at the Spring SNW

Ray, together with others, invented two key patents on tape library technology while at StorageTek:
US Patent 4,928,245, Automated Cartridge System
European Patent CA1323100, Data Security Arrangement For An Automated Magnetic Tape Cartridge Library System
RLucchesi Functional Resume (253.2 KB, pdf)
Ray Lucchesi Product Development, Strategy, and Marketing Experience

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