AWS Elastic File System GM Joins Google as New VP

Duncan Lennox, general manager of Amazon Web Services’ Elastic File System (EFS), has left to join Google as the new vice president of engineering.

“After almost four years at AWS on the EFS team, it’s time for a new adventure,” Lennox said in a recent LinkedIn post. “Now let’s move on to something new with Google, helping with site reliability engineering on several of their mainstream platforms.”

Lennox has led Amazon’s Elastic File System group for the past two years, which is the company’s cloud storage solution that allows the Amazon EC2 instance, AWS Lambda functions, and containers to share the access to a fully managed file system. EFS is at the heart of the AWS platform and is used in a wide variety of applications.

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Lennox is now vice president of engineering for site reliability and consumer platforms for Google. He could not be reached for comment at press time.

Google and Amazon compete in the massive public cloud market in many categories, including cloud storage, through Google Cloud and AWS. Cloud giants are two of the top three biggest data center spenders in the world as demand for cloud services soars across the globe.

In terms of Google’s site reliability engineering market momentum, Google Cloud last week unveiled a five-year strategic partnership with BT to accelerate BT’s digital transformation efforts, which included access to Google Cloud’s Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team.

“By deploying our comprehensive cloud capabilities and the support of our SRE organization, our goal in this partnership is to set up BT with the tools it needs for future growth and innovation,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud in a statement last week. .

Lennox was previously director of product management for EFS at AWS before being promoted to general manager in 2020. AWS EFS delivers low-latency performance for a variety of workloads and can scale to thousands of concurrent clients or connections .

He is also the former CEO and co-founder of Qstream, a mobile sales enablement and analytics company, for ten years until joining AWS in 2018.

“I had the good fortune to work with some of the smartest people I’ve worked with during my time at Amazon, and I’m incredibly grateful for the experience and everything they taught me,” said said Lennox.

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