Moshe Yanai

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Moshe Yanai (Hebrew: משה ינאי‎; born 1948) is an Israeli electrical engineer. He is an inventor,[1] businessman, entrepreneur,[2] aviator (pilot),[3] investor,[2][4] and philanthropist.[5][6] He led the development of the EMC Symmetrix, the flagship product of EMC Corporation in the 1990s.


Moshe Yanai was born in 1948 in Israel, and earned a B.Sc. in electrical engineering in 1975 from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Yanai began his career building IBM-compatible mainframe data storage based on minicomputer disks for Elbit Systems (a joint project with Nixdorf Computer). He went on to develop high-end storage systems for Nixdorf in the United States. Yanai joined EMC in 1987, and managed the Symmetrix development, software and hardware, from its inception in the late 1980s[7] until shortly before leaving EMC in 2001.[8] His development team grew from several people, recruited among his former Israeli colleagues, to thousands, while he was holding the position of Vice President of EMC's Symmetrix group.[7] The Symmetrix is the main reason for the rapid growth of EMC in the 1990s, both in size and value, from a company with a fading business of (minicomputer) computer memory boards, valued in the low hundreds of millions of dollars, to a tens of billions company.[9] Before leaving he became an EMC Fellow.[8]

Yanai funded[10] and led an Israeli storage startup company, XIV,[11] which was bought by IBM in January 2008 (IBM paid an estimated $300 million for a company invested in with an estimated $3 million).[10] Yanai continued leading XIV[12] and became an IBM Fellow.[13] IBM XIV Storage System became an IBM storage product.[14] Shortly later, in April 2008, IBM bought Diligent Technologies,[15] another storage company co-founded by Yanai.[4] He left IBM in 2010 amid disagreement with IBM on the ways to advance the XIV product.[2]

In June 2011 his Alma mater, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, awarded him the honor Distinguished Fellow of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and in 2012, conferred upon him an Honorary Doctorate. He has been a board of directors member of several companies.[7]



  1. ^ Moshe Yanai's patents at Retrieved 5-27-2011.
  2. ^ a b c "ינאי נתן, ינאי לקח - Yanai gave, Yanai took" Calcalist, September 7, 2010 (In Hebrew; a printer friendly version here; for an English version use, e.g., Google Web-page translation). Retrieved 11-11-2010.
  3. ^ "הג'וב החדש של משה ינאי: יטיס אנשי עסקים במסוק - The new job of Moshe Yanai: Will fly businessmen by helicopter" TheMarker, September 2, 2010 (in Hebrew; for a printer friendly version click here; for an English version use, e.g., Google Web-page translation). Retrieved 11-13-2010.
  4. ^ a b "EMC transfers its R&D to Diligent" HA'ARETZ, November 12, 2002 (for a printer friendly version click here). Retrieved 11-13-2010.
  5. ^ "Mr Nice Guy" TechnionFOCUS, October 2010. Retrieved 12-16-2010.
  6. ^ "New bird research fund to take flight next week" The Jerusalem Post 11/29/2010.
  7. ^ a b c Axxana board of directors See Moshe Yanai. Retrieved 2-26-2011.
  8. ^ a b c EMC Company Web site, November 29, 2001: "EMC Strengthens Operational Alignment" See paragraph about Moshe Yanai. Retrieved 10-24-2010.
  9. ^ EMC Company Web site, July 19, 2000: "EMC Reports 43% Growth in Storage Revenue, First $2 Billion Quarter" Retrieved 10-24-2010.
  10. ^ a b "Why did IBM buy XIV? IBM's XIV Purchase background", TecWorld, January 4, 2008. Retrieved 11-11-2010.
  11. ^ XIV Storage Web site Retrieved 11-11-2010.
  12. ^ XIV Storage Web site: about Retrieved 2-26-2011.
  13. ^ a b IBM Company Web site: IBM Fellow Moshe Yanai, Retrieved 11-11-2010.
  14. ^ IBM Company Web site: IBM XIV Storage System Retrieved 3-1-2011.
  15. ^ IBM Company Web site: Press release 18 April 2008 IBM Acquires Storage Company Diligent Technologies Retrieved 3-1-2011.
  16. ^ IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award - 2010 to Moshe Yanai Retrieved 12-16-2010.