Employee Spotlight: Clustrix Performance Architect Peter Friedenbach


Our employee spotlight series is designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the people that make Clustrix tick. We’ve been showing you who they are, what they value and why they choose to work here.

Over the course of the interviews, our employees touched on a variety of things that keep them coming back every day, ranging from the supportive and employee-centric culture to the complexity of their work. Multiple people expressed the need to work on a product that is in the public eye, and has a clear market segment already established.

After all, it’s vital to come to work feeling like your skills are in demand and you’re working toward an important goal.

For Performance Architect Peter Friedenbach, this was one of the main reasons he was attracted to Clustrix. Prior to joining the San Jose office, Friedenbach spent about 30 years in the field, most recently at HP, where he worked on databases.

As Friedenbach explained, the database product that he was working on at HP, though well-built, never really caught fire in the market, so it was pulled and repurposed for back-end support at the company.

Why did the product fail? HP is a massive company, and the product fell outside its usual sales and marketing channels. As a result, it was overshadowed by HP’s other offerings.

Here, however, he has found a team with a unified goal of growing the ClustrixDB product and brand.

“At Clustrix, they’re doing a whole bunch of other things besides perfecting a database solution,” he explained. “There’s a full sales and marketing team. There is dedicated customer support. That was the single most attractive thing when I first started here—the chance to work on technology that customers could actually get their hands on and use.”

It’s the first time in Friedenbach’s career that he has worked for a small technology company—there are fewer people at Clustrix than there were in his performance division at HP. Fewer people means fewer barriers and more flexibility with day-to-day operations.

What really makes him happy, though, is the fact that he has direct access to the resources and machines that allow him to understand how the product behaves, which simplifies the complexity of the product and makes his job easier.

Oh yeah, and there’s the whole amazing work culture, too.

“It’s a good, relaxed atmosphere,” he said. “We work hard to meet our deadlines, but we have fun doing it.”

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