As it realigns internally and expands into new technical jobs, SoftIron Ltd. has announced the expansion of its CTO office. The move underscores SoftIron’s ambition to increase its patent portfolio and intellectual property while strengthening its participation with open source communities through high-level strategic engineering efforts, according to Kenny Van Alstyne, Chief Technical Officer. Engineers who are passionate about the open source idea and producing sophisticated software that has a significant impact are sought by the company.
The software-defined storage project Ceph and the software-defined data centre switching project SONiC will be the first two projects to benefit directly from the work of this increased engineering team.
“We see open source as a way to offer flexibility and the freedom to scale for our customers while ensuring that their needs are at the center of our own development. Rather than adding more responsibility to existing engineers, we envision a role in which internal engineering advocates can spearhead deeper product integrations that directly respond to our customers’ needs. These feature developments will ultimately become valuable contributions to the code of the respective projects they are involved with.” says Van Alstyne.
SoftIron services its global customer base from numerous geographically scattered facilities, with a mostly remote staff. SoftIron has offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as a newly formed facility in Singapore. The group’s parent business, SoftIron Limited, was founded in 2012 and is based in London.