Welcome, my name is Sebastian Sobolewski. I was born in Poland in 1975 under communist rule. My father was an activist in the “Solidarity” movement that rose to eventually free Poland from the communist regime. In 1985 my family was granted political asylum in the United States, so we immigrated to escape Political persecution. It allowed us to start our lives from scratch.
I graduated High School in 1993 upon which I enrolled in the Computer Science program at Syracuse University. While attending school there I also worked full time in several Internet startups including the now defunct AppliedTheory Communications which was spun off from NYSERNet.
After the spin-off of AppliedTheory I moved on to spend some time at Maxtor where I developed Drive Test equipment software to run Maxtor’s manufacturing lines. While there I introduced the use of Linux and associated GNU software as the foundation of many of Maxtor’s factory systems.
From there, a group of us left to fund LeftHand Networks, a TCP/IP Based Storage software company. We pioneered the delivery of block storage over networks long before iSCSI came into reality using our own AEBS (Advanced Ethernet Block Storage) storage protocol. AEBS formed the foundation of the distributed storage solution at the hard of the LeftHand Networks storage servers, even long after the front end services provided industry standard supported protocols. ( Such as iSCSI, Fibre Channel, etc ).
I departed LeftHand Networks to pursue other interests within the storage industry in June,2006. Finally Landing as one of the starter engineers in the VMware Broomfield, CO office working on the ESX 4.0+ iSCSI Initiator and the Associated iSCSI management stack. Working closely with 3rd party vendors such as Broadcom and Equalogic we build an externally visible API to allow any iSCSI storage vendor to manage iSCSI Session origination from the ESX initiator.
In 2011 I reunited with 2 other former LeftHand Founders (John Spiers and Kelly Long) along with several other leading developers in the Denver area to get NexGen Storage off the ground. Over the course of my time there, I architected and personally coded NexGens’ Distributed Management API as well as the Mirroring IO Journal and Cache system that was responsible for the backbone of NexGen’s industry leading IO performance.
Today my journey is continuing at DigitalOcean where we strive to solve Cloud Computing problems for independent developers, startups