Josh Coates began research in large scale parallel systems at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned a BA in computer science. He also spent some time working with Turing Award winner Jim Gray at Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center and then moved on to work on internet caching at Inkotmi Corp. In 1999 Josh founded Scale8, a venture backed startup in the storage industry that grew to support customers that included Microsoft, Viacom and Fujitsu. Scale8 closed shop in 2003 and sold its intellectual property to Intel. Josh spent the next year building a petabyte data center for the non-profit Internet Archive. In 2004 founded Berkeley Data Systems (Mozy) where he serves as President.