Jaishankar Moothedath Menon (born August 9, 1956) is an IBM employee who contributed to RAID technology. Menon is currently responsible for shaping IBM's technical strategy as the Vice-President of Technical Strategy, and he leads IBM's efforts to work with academia to establish innovative research programs and to build skills needed for the 21st century innovation economy. Menon received a degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1977, and he earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in computer science at the Ohio State University.
In 1982, he joined IBM's research team in San Jose, California, where he developed RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) technology. He has written 23 RAID papers and holds 27 RAID patents. Jai went on to become responsible for all worldwide Research in storage systems in IBM. He initiated the IBM SAN Volume Controller. He co-authored a paper on the design and architecture of cached disk controllers, now used routinely in every disk controller in the industry.
- IBM Fellow as of 2001.
- IEEE Fellow.
- Winner of the 2002 IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award.
- 2006 IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award.
- IBM Master Inventor