What is your name?
What exactly do you do at Kroll Ontrack?
I work as Senior Data Recovery Engineer focusing on recoveries involving virtual environments.
How long have you been at Kroll Ontrack?
It will be 6 years next March.
What is your most unusual/challenging/interesting recovery to date?
There are a few that I would class as very challenging but if I had to choose one I would say it was an onsite recovery in Luxemburg for a bank that involved the recovery of several virtual systems that had been accidentally deleted… along with the backups.
What new skills & technology are you currently learning about?
I am reading some literature on the development of concurrent distributed systems as well as natural and artificial intelligence.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on the recovery of a NetApp storage system that suffered a multiple HDD failure in the middle of a raid rebuild.
This particular recovery required the development of bespoke data recovery tools to handle a few particularities of the system. We have successfully overcome all the problems that prevented accessing the data and are now extracting over 10TB of previously inaccessible data.
What type of mobile phone do you have?
A low end Android phone… I am surrounded by 10 monitors in my desk so I rather not carry another big one in my pocket!
How do you relax after work/on weekends?
In the summer like cycling (mountain bike), hiking and other outdoor activities. In winter like to watch movies at home, read or play the occasional computer game.
If you weren’t a data recovery engineer, what would your ideal career be & why?
I would have liked to be a mountain guide! I enjoy spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, etc. so I would probably enjoy doing it for a living!
What is your top tip for data recovery?
Know your data! Nothing makes data recovery harder for us than not knowing what it actually is that we are trying to recover. This is particularly important for virtual environments where the easy with which data can be created and moved around can make keeping track of your data difficult and recovering it in the event of a data loss much harder!
Ernesto will be taking part in our twitter Q&A session on Wednesday 24 October at 2-3pm (BST). To take part just tweet with the hashtag #odrqa and Ernesto or one of our other experienced engineers will answer your questions.