Founder, CTO & Product
Brian is a founder of Aerospike, CTO & Product, networking whiz, innovator and high performance expert. ‘My family has a long and varied history in science and tech, so I wound up shipping code in high school. One of the great things about software is you can build something with it. You don’t need plywood or welding. Computers are an easy way to start creating stuff. My first taste of networking was in 1989. I knew there was a whole world out there waiting. A computer that’s not connected to a network is kind of dull.’
Brian became a Lead Engineer at Novell, and then Chief Architect of Cable Solutions at Liberate – where he built a high-performance, embedded networking stack, as well as the high scale broadcast server infrastructure. As Director of Performance at Aggregate Knowledge, Brian had direct experience with the scaling limitations of sharded MySQL systems. ‘It wasn’t hard to see that there was a huge need for a new distributed database, because they all sucked. Everyone was struggling with what was available. That led to the idea for Citrusleaf – which then became Aerospike.’
When he’s not busy creating stuff with plywood or a welding torch, Brian plays cello in a band called Rosincoven. He also writes about cuisine for the San Jose Metro.
Our initial customers chose us – even though they knew all about the other options. Naturally, they were looking to find the flaws in our product, so they said ‘What about this, and what about that?’ Finally, when they understood that we had all the bases covered they said, ‘Ok, let’s try it.’ Later on they told us that it really does what we said it would. In other words, it works. – Brian Bulkowski