Re: TAG Storage Co-Chairs and Tech Lead Nominations - TOC Vote

Kiran Mova

+1 Non-binding

Xing Yang and Nick are both great nominations for the roles. 

On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 8:02 PM Alex Chircop <alex.chircop@...> wrote:
Hi all,

The Storage TAG would like to nominate two candidates for roles in the TAG: Xing Yang and Nick Connolly.   Both have been members of the TAG for a while and have been active contributors - they will continue to help strengthen the community and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the group.

This follows on from Erin's move from the SIG/TAG to the TOC - thank you Erin for everything you have done with us since the SIG was formed.

Following the SIG operating model, Tech leads are assigned following a 2/3 majority vote of the TOC and a 2/3 majority vote of TAG Chairs.

We are incredibly excited to continue to work with Xing and Nick in these new roles and would like to thank them for their continued contributions to the community!

Short bios are listed below for convenience:

Xing Yang - Co-Chair Nominee
Cloud Native Storage Tech Lead - VMware

Xing Yang is a Tech Lead in the Cloud Native Storage team at VMware, working on CNS DP ( and vSphere CSI Driver ( projects.

She is currently a Tech Lead in the CNCF Storage TAG ( and a co-author of the CNCF Storage Landscape White Paper (

Xing is a co-chair of the Kubernetes Storage SIG (, a co-lead of the Kubernetes Data Protection WG (, and a maintainer in Kubernetes CSI. One sub-project that she co-leads, the volume snapshot project ( in SIG-Storage, moved to GA in Kubernetes 1.20 release.

Before joining VMware, Xing was the Lead Architect of OpenSDS (, now SODA Foundation), an open source project under Linux Foundation, while working for Futurewei. She was also former core members in OpenStack Cinder and Manila projects. She worked at Dell EMC for many years and have developed deep expertise in storage, data protection, disaster recovery, cloud, and virtualization technologies.

She has spoken many times at open source conferences including KubeCon/CloudNativeCon, Open Source Summit, OSCON, and Open Infrastructure Summit.

Nick Connolly - Tech Lead Nominee
Chief Scientist at Mayadata and DataCore Software

Nick is the Chief Scientist at MayaData and a pioneer of storage virtualization with 20+ years of experience, holding patents ranging from highly scalable algorithms through to data protection techniques.

As Chief Architect, his background in real-time computing and Unix multiprocessing led to the creation of DataCore’s world-class high-performance storage stack. Recently he has been working on the open source WPDK project, bringing the power and performance of NVMe to Windows using SPDK.


Please reply to this email to vote.  As always, the CNCF encourages non-binding votes from the community, along with the required votes of TOC members. 

Kind Regards,
Alex Chircop
Co-chair CNCF TAG Storage

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