SDC India 2022 Speakers

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Sowmya Narayanan Sadagopan 

Chairman, BoG, IIITDM-Kancheepuram & Founding Director IIIT Bangalore

Professor Sowmyanarayanan Sadagopan was the Director (President) of IIIT-Bangalore (a Ph.D. granting University) until July 2021. Earlier he taught at IIT Kanpur (1979-95) and IIM Bangalore (1995-99) as well as Rutgers University, USA (1997) and AIT Bangkok, Thailand (1990).
IIIT's represent a set of new generation universities that started in India in the late 90's with a special focus on IT; IIIT-Bangalore is one of the first such Institutes. As the first Director of IIIT-Bangalore, he was involved in the visioning, planning, and executing the growth of this Institute that is counted as one of the premier Institutes in India. Sadagopan obtained his MS & Ph.D. Degrees from Purdue University, USA in 1979 and BE (Hons) Degree from Madras University, India in 1973.
His teaching/research interests include OR, IT Applications to Government, Enterprises, and Education. Sadagopan's research work has appeared in reputed journals that include IEEE Transactions, EJOR, and J of Opt. Theory & App. He has authored seven books. He was the General Chair of the WWW2011. Sadagopan is a Fellow of the UK's IET (formerly IEE), Computer Society of India, and Institution of Engineers (India), and most recently ISPMA. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM.
He has won numerous awards that include Fulbright Fellowship (1995), “Champion of humanity” Award of Hindustan Chamber of Commerce (2009), “Rotary Honor of Vocational Excellence” by Rotary Northwest Bangalore District 3190 (2013), Cisco NDTV “Digital Pioneer” Award (2016), "Distinguished Alumni Award" from the College of Engineering, Guindy (2019) to name a few.

Murali Brahmadesam 

CTO & Head of Engineering, Razorpay

Murali Brahmadesam is CTO & Head of Engineering of Razorpay, India's preferred payments and banking platform for businesses. He has two decades of experience in building large scale systems ranging from filesystems, content addressable storage, cloud backup, large scale data processing and machine learning, and relational databases. He was a founding member of Amazon Aurora product where he pioneered the development of cloud native relational database service by reimagining the traditional database stack for the cloud. The core innovation in Aurora was the novel purpose built distributed storage system for databases. At Razorpay he aspires to build the next generation payment and banking systems.

Dia Ali 

Data Intelligence Global Solution Leader, Hitachi Vantara

Dia Ali is a Data Intelligence Leader for Hitachi Vantara. With over 20 years of industry experience leading teams in requirements definition and providing innovative solutions to enterprise organizations. Dia is known for his deep expertise and a forward-thinking mindset implementing an ecosystem of cross-industry customer-centric strategies. Dia held multiple leadership positions in Hitachi Vantara (previously Hitachi Data Systems) and is driven by a desire to inspire and develop others.
Prior to joining Hitachi Vantara, Dia Ali held multiple positions at General Electric, Ford Motor Company, ATT, and other financial and telecommunication businesses. Dia Ali earned a two Bachelor’s Degree with double majors in Computer Engineering and Automatic Control Systems from the University of Yarmouk in Jordan.

Tom Clark 

Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect Storage Software, IBM

Tom is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for Storage Software based in Tucson, Arizona. He is responsible for the technical strategy, architecture and design of the IBM Spectrum Storage software products, including file systems, data protection and storage management. He leads architecture and strategy for storage for containers and hybrid cloud, software defined storage and information lifecycle management.
Tom joined IBM in 2001 with the acquisition of Informix Software, where he led parallel database system design and development. He is the holder of 30 US and foreign patents in the areas of storage software and distributed systems design.
Tom received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Portland State University.

Rakesh Hanumanthappa

Manager, Customer Success, VIAVI Solutions

Rakesh is a Manager Customer Success - APJ at Viavi Solutions. He has over 8 years’ experience in Electronics Test & Measurement Industry mainly focused on debug of High speed Serial Protocols.

Somesh Joshi

Software Engineer, Dell Technologies

Somesh Joshi  works as a Software Engineer at Dell Technologies and have obtained BE/CSE degree from VTU. Currently. He has experience in Java development & testing including hands-on experience over Devops Platform - Kubernetes for "Pravega" - a Distributed Streaming & Storage Application as his current working project. In his current project he has worked Jenkins based system tests automation on JUnit based testing framework while actively maintaining priavte GitHub repository for QA code base. Previously, he has worked on developing & deploying end-to-end web based Auditing application for a regional Bank over Java - Play Framework.

Sumith Makam

Principal Engineer, NetApp

I've been working on File Systems for the last 16 years at NetApp. Worked primarily on File System Space Management and FS Checker/Recovery. Also worked on Consistency Point, Volume Management, Backup/Restore and Data Path improvements for SAN. Published a paper in Usenix about Recovery and Resiliency of File systems.


Vijay Mhaskar

VP Engineering and Pune center site lead, Veritas

Vijay Mhaskar has over 25 years of experience in various leadership positions in the software industry, having worked in India and United States with leading technology companies like Avaya, Symantec, Veritas Software, Sun Microsystems, NCR, and Godrej & Boyce. Currently, Vijay is serving as VP of Engineering at Veritas and is the Pune site lead. At Veritas, Vijay is responsible for building new age data protection solutions for modern and legacy workloads. Before Veritas, Vijay served as COO at Quick Heal and was responsible for building accelerated growth strategy by fostering innovation in product development, sales, marketing, support, services, and product management. Vijay has led innovation and development of many products in server hardware, storage management, data protection, unified collaboration, and security domains. Vijay holds a BE Electrical Engineering degree from Mumbai University (Gold medalist) and MTech in Computer Science from IIT Mumbai (Second Rank).

Karnendu Pattanaik

Senior Manager, Dell Technologies

Karnendu Pattanaik has more than 20 years of storage engineering experience. He has a wide range of experience in storage domain like DAS,SAN, NAS, NvMe, Distributed system, Object Storage and Streaming Platform. While working for various projects he has worked most projects from incubation till sustenance and has ensured successful delivery. Karnendu is currently working in Dell where he is the QE lead for Objects storage and streaming platform. Before Dell Karnendu was working with Mindteck as General Manager where he was handling various storage projects. Karnendu also was in SNIA India Board as a secretary for the time period of 2018-22.

Sridhar Sabesan 

Director, Platform Engineering, Western Digital®

Sridhar Sabesan is the Director of Platform Engineering, leading the development and qualification of Western Digital platform products – Ultrastar Data60/102 - JBODs, Hybrid JBODs, Ultrastar Serv - Dense Storage Servers, Ultrastar Edge & Edge-MR : Portable Edge Servers, OpenFlex Data24 - NVMeoF JBOFs, RapidFlex family of NVMe-oF Controllers and WD Resource Manager - Management software. He is also responsible for global proof of concepts, ecosystem development and customer engagements. He has led and delivered multiple industry first products in Western Digital, Broadcom (LSI) and Intel. He has a wide experience across multiple generations of servers & storage and is a noted speaker in multiple industry forums like OCP, CIO Klub, others and has done tens of product evangelisation in boot camps. 

Murali Krishna 

Senior Principal Engineer, Amazon Web Services

Murali Krishna is a Senior Principal Engineer at AWS SearchServices in India. He has built Amazon OpenSearch Service and Amazon CloudSearch. His areas of expertise include Information Retrieval, Large scale distributed computing, low latency real time serving systems etc. He has vast experience in designing and building web scale systems for crawling, processing, indexing and serving text and multimedia content. Prior to Amazon, he was part of Yahoo!, building crawling and indexing systems for their search products.

Sanjeev Kumar 

Lead, Storage Center of Excellence, Tata Consultancy Services

Sanjeev Kumar is a Storage domain consultant and is leading the Storage Centre of Excellence within the HiTech business unit at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He has 18+ years of experience in Product Development, Quality Assurance, Sustenance and Solution Development in the Storage Industry. He has extensive experience across the storage stack and his key areas of focus are embedded system technologies, Solid State Storage (NVMe/NVMeOF), Hyperconvergence, Data Protection Technologies, Cloud Storages, Container Platforms and Storage Integration. Sanjeev has presented in SNIA SDC India multiple times and he is a Member of Technical Council for SNIA India.

Varun Kumar Paliwal 

Technical Lead, Mindteck

Varun Kumar Paliwal is an Embedded Developer who works as Technical Lead in Mindteck India Pvt Ltd. He has 6 years of experience in Firmware and Embedded Development in Product based environments and 2 years of experience in Modem Firmware & Telecom domain (LTE) - Physical Layer(L1). Varun holds a B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering from the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and a Master’s Degree in Embedded Systems from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.

Sanjay Agrawal 

Chair, SNIA India & Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi Vantara

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), at Hitachi Vantara, Sanjay is leading Digital Transformation Solution initiatives for our Enterprise Customers that include solutions around Big Data, Cloud, and Data Center Modernization. As presales head, heading a team of Solution Architects in India and SAARC. This team is responsible for consulting and design of IT solutions related to Data Center Modernizations that includes Server & Storage Infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud, Intelligent Data Governance and Data Driven Insights. Specific Digital initiatives led are- DataOps, Data Lake optimization, Insights into Dark Data, On-demand blending of structured and unstructured data for new business insights, Hybrid Cloud adoption including Application Modernization for shifting workloads to Public cloud, Hybrid IT under DC modernization with optimized Infrastructure around Converged / Hyper Converged systems and Object storage as a part of enterprise data strategy and Data Compliance. Also playing lead role in conducting Digital Transformation workshops for Enterprise customers. These workshops include assessment of current state and recommendations to arrive at desired Digital maturity state with certain initiatives around Data Driven decision making, Cloud acceleration, IT Modernization etc. to accelerate their Digital Transformation journey and shift focus from Operations to Innovation.

Rahul Gupta 

Vice-Chair, SNIA India & Managing Director, Smile Security & Surveillance Pvt Ltd

Rahul Gupta, a 1975 Mechanical Engineering Graduate has been associated with the IT Industry for more than 35 years. Rahul Gupta started his IT career with DCM Data Products in the year 1980. He re-located to the Middle East in 1990 and worked for Acer Middle East (A subsidiary of Acer Taiwan) as General Manager before he relocated to India in 2002 to set up a company for Acer group in India.
He has now established his own company, M/s. Smile Security and Surveillance Pvt. Ltd. (SSSPL) and conceived the brands AnexGATE and AnexSECURE and promotes them to industry verticals ranging from financial, retail, education, government, logistics, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate and healthcare. AnexGATE range of products, solutions and services cater for Unified Advanced Network Security + Secure Connectivity solutions ( and AnexSECURE range of products, solutions and services cater for Electronic Security and Surveillance, Digital content distribution, cloud technology solutions (
He has been associated with several Safe City projects in Taiwan and China and is also closely associated with  Iveda USA, Megasys Taiwan, etc. for Safe City Projects in addition to being associated with APSA, MAIT, etc. He is currently the Chairman of MAIT SME Chapter and passionately promoting MAKE IN INDIA Program and other associated charter for uplifting of MSME and SME organizations in the country.
The AnexGATE Network Security and Secure Connectivity appliances brand was recently conferred with the National Productivity and Innovation Award –by the National Productivity council (NPC), Government of India for MAKE IN INDIA Zero Defect Zero Effect for manufacturing AnexGATE appliances in India and even exporting to many international markets.
Closely associated with Storage industry for almost two decades, he was majorly instrumental in establishing SNIA India chapter and has held the position of Vice Chair for over 5 years in the past. He is actively pursuing Software Defined Storage technology for use in Cloud hosted Video Surveillance these days.

Abdul Ahad Amir 

Senior Staff Engineer, Samsung

Abdul Ahad Amir is working as a Test architect in Samsung. He has more than 12 years of diverse experience working on various storage products. He has technical expertise in SAN, NVMe-oF, Cloud Computing, Clustered systems, Software-defined-storage and Performance engineering of storage arrays in production environments.

Abhin Balur 

Senior Principal Engineer, Dell Technologies

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Goa University. I have 13+ years of experience in the Software Engineering world. I have worked at various firms like IBM, HPE in the past having led development on their network management systems. I am currently at Dell, pursuing my interest in the data streaming domain and I work in a project called as Pravega, which is a distributed storage and processing system for data streams.

Sravan Kumar Reddy Bhavanam 

Member of Technical Staff, Nutanix

After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, I began exploring the domain of system and network architecture. I have been fortunate enough to work with Samsung on the latest 5G network stack and work on some very challenging issues related to Data Replication across Distributed Systems with Nutanix.

Aparna Bindage 

Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Veritas

I'm Aparna Bindage from Veritas Technologies LLC, Pune working as Software Quality Assurance Engineer in appliance and storage domain. I have around 2 years of experience in manual as well as automation testing. I have been working on different projects in areas such as cloud, virtualization and automation using different framework, libraries and languages. Also worked on qualification of Veritas product and VMware infrastructure, automation of E-E OpenShift deployment. I'm Certified Kubernetes Administrator with keen interest in learning new cloud technologies.

Swati Chawdhary 

Senior Manager, Samsung

Swati Chawdhary is a Senior Manager at Samsung. She has diverse experience in Storage domain. Her recent work focuses on the test and development of NVMe-oF/NVMe controllers and All Flash Array reference designs. Before joining Samsung, she worked at Chelsio Communications, where she contributed to the development of their Unified Wire Adapters. She has participated in conferences like IEEE Wintechcon, SDC India/US and NVMe developer Days. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Pune University.

Anupam Chomal 

Software Security Expert, CARIAD

Anupam Jagdish Chomal works as a Software Security Expert in CARIAD, Volkswagen’s automotive software and technology company. Prior to this, he worked as the Security lead for many DellEMC products. At both places, he has been securing APIs between core backend and our applications using them. He has over 20+ yrs of experience in Storage, Networking, and Security domain. His area of interest includes Network, Application and Cloud Security. He has a Masters in computer science from IIT Bombay.

Shelesh Chopra 

Senior Director, Software Engineering, Dell Technologies

Shelesh is a seasoned Product Engineering leader with 20+ years of experience and a track record in building high performing teams that developed products and solutions recognized as best-in-class by the industry. He is passionate about bringing innovations that showcase our team’s talent and delight our customers.

Sanil Kumar D 

TOC Co-Chair, Arch Lead, SODA Foundation, Chief Architect, Huawei Technologies

Product development expertise in the areas of Linux, Open Source, ARM Ecosystem, Cloud, Data Management, and Emerging Technologies(like Edge Computing, Blockchain, Distributed Computing); Maintainer & Technical Steering Committee member of open source projects(KubeEdge, Centaurus, and SODA projects); He holds multiple patents, published papers & presented sessions and keynotes in international conferences; was Linux Foundation Yocto Project Advisory Board member; Works closely with Industry through LF, IEEE, CCICI, SNIA, OTF; Governing Board Member of CCICI, Organizer of tech events and meetup groups (CNCF and SODA Foundation). Currently, he is the co-chair of SODA Foundation TOC, focusing on Open Source Ecosystem, Technology Roadmap for SODA Foundation Projects for Unified Data Framework. Recipient of Zinnov Industry award for Senior Technical Role Model for his technical contributions. Active in social initiatives and founder of 123Life, a citizen volunteer group.

Subhadip Das 

Expert Technologist, HPE

Expert technologist with HPE having deep expertise in Cloud Data Services and Storage technologies. Have multiple publish patents and white papers and an avid technologist

Pidad D'Souza 

System Performance Architect, IBM

Pidad D'Souza is a System Architect specializing in performance engineering of IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM POWER systems. He has led system performance engineering of GPU accelerated systems designed for applications in the fields of AI & HPC. He has presented extensively at international conferences and delivered customer workshops and lab sessions.

Sasikanth Eda 

Cloud Storage Engineer, IBM

Sasikanth Eda is a Cloud Storage Engineer with the IBM Storage development team. He has over 10+ years of industry experience in architecting and developing features for storage systems/solutions. He holds 100+ patents granted in the areas of computational storage, object storage, cloud, security, and filesystems.

Sheryl Francis 

Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Veritas

I , Sheryl Francis, work as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Veritas Technologies LLC, Pune in the appliance and storage domain. I have around 2 years of working experience in manual as well as automated testing which help to qualify various products using different framework, libraries and languages. I work to qualify VMware with our products and also have worked with various operating systems. I have a keen interest towards operating systems, database management , data analytics and cloud technology.

Hemant Gaikwad 

Senior Principal Engineer, Dell Technologies

Hemant is a Validation Architect at Dell Infrastructure Solutions Group & works on strategy & optimization for the Systems Management portfolio products. He has initiated and led Performance Engineering, Cloud migration, Automation, Process improvements & Simulation/Emulation related tech vitality activities in the recent past. As an Innovation Evangelist for the entire site, he drives various Innovation related activities across the Server, Storage and Services business units. Apart from this, Hemant likes to spend his free time on cycling, carpentry & photography.

Deepak Ghuge 

Software Architect & Master Inventor, IBM

Deepak Ghuge is Software Architect and Master Inventor with IBM. In his 13 years of experience, Deepak has worked on multiple technologies like Filesystems, Storage, Authentication, Security, Object Storage and Containers. Currently he is leading the effort to enable Spectrum Scale as storage for Containers. Deepak holds master degree from BITS Pilani and B.Tech in Computer Science from COEP.

Anuj Gupta 

Software Engineer, Samsung Semiconductor India Research (SSIR)

Anuj Gupta is a Software engineer in the Global Open Source Team at Samsung Electronics. As part of Samsung's open source team, his main interest is into Linux storage stack with focus on io_uring and nvme driver advancement. He has recently worked on async-passthru support in Linux kernel, where he contributed to io_uring, NVMe and fio.

Nibu Habel 

Principal Engineer, NetApp

Enthusiastic Learner, coder, team member 
I have never been afraid to try new things and overcome any challenge in the process. Love to read,travel and go on solo trips

Ajay Joshi 

Technologist, Western Digital

Ajay Joshi is a Technologist at Western Digital working as a part of their research team. He has more than 18 years of experience out of which he has spent a significant amount of time in storage and their related technologies. As a part of the research team in Western Digital, he looks at emerging technologies like computational storage, ZNS, and interconnects like CXL, NVMe, and their adoption. He also looks into the enablement of these in the open-source ecosystem.

Badarinarayan Joshi 

Associate Technical Director, Samsung Semiconductor India Research (SSIR)

Badarinarayan Joshi is currently working as Associate Technical Director at Samsung Electronics. He is maintainer of Trident ( open source test tool for Poseidon OS. His work area includes automation frameworks development, NVMe and NVMe-oF based system qualification. His past experience include NVMe device driver verification.

Kanchan Joshi 

Associate Director, Samsung Semiconductor India Research (SSIR)

Kanchan is an associate director at Samsung (SSIR), where he currently leads a team that adds advancements in the Linux I/O stack. He is a Linux kernel contributor and presented at conferences such as SDC, LPC and LSF/MM.

He has engaged in system-software development across operating systems and published papers in USENIX conferences (FAST, HotStorage).

Supriya Kannery 

Software Senior Principal Engineer, Dell Technologies

Supriya Kannery is an architect in System Management area of Storage systems. She is experienced in system software development, customer support and quality assurance. She enjoys learning latest technologies and applying in servers to enhance customer experience. Passionate about using Machine Learning in storage domain, she has been working on leveraging AutoML for Machine Learning at Scale. As part of giving back to community, she has been leading School Adoption program and participating actively in ‘One million Trees’ drive at Dell Technologies.

Kaustubh Katruwar 

Senior Software Engineer, IBM

Kaustubh Katruwar is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM Storage development lab. He has 14+ years of industry experience working on Enterprise class NAS features, identity access and authorisation for file protocols ( SMB and NFS ), secure engineering principles.He has a special interest and inclination in storage security. He is engaged on cloud native efforts for security and caching features of world renowned high-performance clustered filesystem IBM Spectrum Scale.

Mohamed Ashraf Kottilungal 

Senior Solution Architect, MSys Technologies

Mohamed Ashraf is a Senior Architect with 30 years of experience in software development and architecture mainly in the telecom and networking domain. He worked as a software architect with major telecom companies across the world in India, the USA, the Middle East & Europe. He worked in enterprise networking, and wireless self-organizing networks - done system integration and architecture for complex systems and solutions . He is working as a Senior Architect with various MSys projects - Automation, AIOps, Blockchain, Cloud, and Microservices -mainly in re-architecture and cloud migration. He worked with AWS, Azure, and GCP. for architecting end-to-end big data solutions and visualization

Gururaj Kulkarni 

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Dell Technologies

Gururaj is Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and been with Dell Technolgies from past 17+ years. Gururaj has played various roles in technology domain and lead the performance, scalability and reliability tests. Gururaj is currently working as product architect in Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group and get involved in various design and architectural discussions. Gururaj has presented papers in external conferences like SDC India, Unicom. Gururaj has filed 80 disclosures and 50 patents granted.

Ankit Kumar 

Senior Software Engineer, Mindteck

Ankit Kumar is a Python Developer who works as Senior Software Engineer in Mindteck India Pvt Ltd. He has 6 years of experience in Framework Development & Automation in Product based environments. Ankit holds a B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar.


Sushantha Kumar 

Lead Architect, Huawei Technologies

Sushantha Kumar is a Lead Architect, Data Management Team at Huawei Technologies India. Member of SODA Foundation.

Currently working on a container data management project at SODA Foundation. Prior to this, worked on the paas platform for cloud native applications. Also have exposure on different user access protocols for network devices.

Umang Kumar 

Master Technologist, HPE

Master technologist with HPE having deep expertise in Cloud Data Services and Storage technologies. Have multiple publish patents and white papers and an avid technologist

Ujjwal Lanjewar 

Software Architect, Seagate Technology

Ujjwal is seasoned Technology Leader and veteran in the storage industry with 25+ years of experience in architecting and developing distributed storage software products for File, Block and Cloud Systems, with features covering both control and data path. Ujjwal holds Masters Degree from BITS PILANI. Currently Ujjwal is working for the architecture of Open sourced mass capacity CORTX object storage system developed by Seagate Technology.

John Lewars 

Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM

John Lewars is a Senior Technical Staff Member who leads performance engineering work in the IBM Spectrum Scale development team.

Cherami Liu 

Architect, Dell Technologies

Cherami is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Dell Technologies, Infrastructure Solution Group. He has 20+ years of experience, and has been with Dell for 12 years in the data protection. Cherami is a subject matter expert in infrastructure, security and performance. He has played the role of infrastructure architect for Dell data protection product called PowerProtect Data Manager and work on install, upgrade, security and performance tuning, he has around 30 authorized patents on those domains

Srija Malyala 

Software Developer, AMD

Srija is a Software Developer at AMD Data Center Group. She has close to 4 years of experience in storage and networking domain. She worked on technologies like NVMeOF, RDMA, Storage Acceleration, Encryption and on Computational Storage Device called SmartSSD. Srija has a bachelor's degree from BITS Pilani.

Nisha Moyal 

Software Engineer, Dell Technologies

Nisha is working as a Software Engineer with the Data Domain System Manager GUI team at Dell Technologies. She is also a core team member of Dell's Graduate Development Program. She has completed her master's (M.Tech) in Information Technology from the National Institute of Technology, Surathakal, India. She is having 2 years of experience in the storage industry as a frontend developer. She has been working on AutoML (Automated Machine Learning) for more than a year for leveraging the same in storage.

Sathyashankara Bhat Muguli 

Director, Micron Technologies

Sathyashankara Bhat Muguli is the Director for SSD Product Validation at Micron India with over all 22 years of experience. He has demonstrated his expertise around Data Storage Solutions, Software Defined Storage and NVMe SSD. In his professional life, he has been part of successful Storage product releases at EMC, Netapp, SanDisk and Micron. He has been leading teams by defining test strategies and innovative infrastructures to reinforce new initiatives for next generation storage products.

Abhilash Nag 

Principal Engineer II, Micron Technologies

Abhilash Nag is a Principal Engineer-II at Micron Technologies India and has spent over 13 years in the Enterprise Storage teams and is a technology enthusiast. 

He has led validation teams in designing test frameworks, Test design and architecture. He worked earlier in different organizations like Western Digital, SanDisk, LSI and HPE.
He holds 2 patents and is a NVMe protocol expert.

Rahul Nema 

Lead Architect, IBM

Rahul Nema works as Lead Architect for IBM Spectrum Fusion SDS, He has extensive experience in the domain of Storage and Cloud. He is passionate to work with customers and solve real-world challenges for them.

Shiva Pahwa 

Senior Manager, Micron Technologies

Shiva Pahwa works in Micron technology as a Sr Manager. He has over spent over 15 years of in enterprise storage teams in a variety of technical roles such as, architecture, design and development. He has worked in various storage companies like HP, Sandisk(WDC) and Samsung. he has a range of storage experience from Storage controllers/JBOD, Fabrics, SSD protocols and Firmware. He is passionate about understanding storage architectures, data center ecosystems and storage use cases. He has over 6 storage related patents and has presented in SNIA SDC India conference 2020.

Kannadasan Palani 

Senior Test Manager, MSys Technologies

Kannadasan is a Senior test manager with 15+ yrs of experience in the Data Storage domain. He carries good experience in Testing multiple storage vendor products and qualifying them by testing with 3rd party software. At MSys, Kannadasan is working on Cloud Storage with AI/ML and Data Science projects and Has good experience with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Kubernetes, CI/CD tools, Jenkins, Terraform, etc, and emerging technologies (like Edge computing, Multi-cloud Storage). He has been a regular speaker at international conferences such as SNIA SDC USA, SNIA India, and Ansiblefest.

Prajwala B Patil 

Software Quality Senior Engineer, Dell Technologies

Prajwala is a software quality engineer in storage system's management. She is having 5+ years of experience in storage domain.She has been working on AutoML (Automated Machine Learning) for more than a year to leverage the same in storage.

Sandeep Patil 

STSM, Master Inventor, IBM

Sandeep Ramesh Patil works as an architect with IBM Storage CTO office and has over 20+ years of extensive product architecture and design experience. Sandeep is an IBM STSM and IBM Master Inventor with over 350+ World Wide patents in the field of storage cloud, security, filesystem, etc. Sandeep has been recognized in the World Prolific Inventor list by Wikipedia. Sandeep has presented at various worldwide conferences including as a keynote. You can connect with him on

Arun V Pillai 

Staff Engineer, Samsung Semiconductor India Research (SSIR)

Professional with 7+ years of experience with technical contribution mainly in the field of test and development of NVMe-oF controllers and All Flash Array reference designs, His team is currently involved in developing (Trident) an Test Framework for Poseidon. Proficient in automation using python, storage testing etc

Shyam Prasad 

Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft

Having worked in the filesystems and storage domain for a major part of my career, I joined the Azure files team at Microsoft in 2019. My focus here is on the Linux experience for Azure files customers. As a part of this effort, I've submitted various patches to both the Azure files codebase as well as the Linux SMB kernel client, both in terms of fixes and features.

Rakesh Radhakrishnan 

Staff Software Engineer, Cloudera

Rakesh Radhakrishnan is a Contributor and a PMC Member in Apache Ozone, Hadoop, ZooKeeper projects and primarily focusing on open source big data technologies and distributed storage systems. He is currently working at Cloudera and actively contributing on the Apache Ozone project. He has more than 15 years of experience in large scale Distributed Software Platforms design and development. Prior to joining Cloudera, he worked as a Big Data Software Engineer in Intel Corporation.

Krishan Rai 

Senior Manager, Dell Technologies

My name is Krishan Rai, Senior Manager , Dell Technologies, I hold a Masters in Computer Application.

I have overall 16+ years of experience in software development where I got the opportunity to work on various domains like investment banking, customer service digitalization, Stream processing and storage system etc.

Girjesh Rajoria 

Software Engineer, Red Hat

Girjesh Rajoria is a Software Engineer at Red Hat working on Ceph and RGW. She has been contributing to opensource projects for the past 5 years. Before working on Ceph, she worked on NFS-Ganesha and Gluster. She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Applications.

Pravin Ranjan 

Senior System Architect, Huawei Technologies

Pravin Ranjan has over 6 years of Industry experience in Linux, FileSystems, Cloud Technology, and Open Source areas.

He holds an M.Tech degree from NIT Trichy, and published multiple papers in international conferences including IEEE. Currently focusing on the technology and ecosystem development for SODA Foundation projects like multi-cloud and Container Data Management.

Anand Reddy 

Senior Performance Engineer, Komprise

Anand Reddy is a performance engineer for Storage, data protection and data mangement software offerings. He is currently working with Komprise Inc , an Intelligent data management firm. His work predominantly aligns towards Performance engineering for Storage and data protection offerings.

Krishna Kanth Reddy 

Associate Director, Samsung Semiconductor India Research (SSIR)

Krishna Kanth is an Associate Director at Samsung (SSIR), where he currently leads a team that works on the Linux Userspace and Computational Storage projects.

At Samsung, he has worked on the development of Linux BSP & Drivers for Qualcomm Chipsets, Linux Userspace NVMe driver, KV Userspace driver, liblightnvm, FIO and SPDK.
As part of Samsung's Opensource team, his main interest is into SPDK, FIO and xNVMe with focus on their enhancements. He is a contributor to SPDK and xNVMe projects

Pranav Sahasrabudhe 

Senior Staff Engineer, Seagate Technology

Pranav Sahasrabudhe – Sr. Staff Engineer, Seagate Technology, India
• M.E. (Computer Science and Engineering) from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, India
• 17+ years of technology experience in Storage, Cloud, Backup, and Recovery, Testing & Automation
• Presently at Seagate as Storage Test Architect for its software defined storage cloud native open-source product named “CORTX”

Sarang Sawant 

Senior Staff Engineer, Seagate Technology

Sarang Sawant – Sr. Staff Engineer, Seagate Technology, India

• M.Tech (Software Systems with Data Analytics specialization) from BITS Pilani, India
• BE Industrial Engineering from RCOEM, Nagpur and DAC from ACTS, CDAC, Pune
• 17 years of Software Product Development experience in Data Platforms, Vulnerability Management and Security Analytics, IaaS, Networking and Cloud Storage with focus on QA, Test Tools Development, Performance Engineering and Test Automation. 
• Presently at Seagate as an Automation Architect for its SDS Cloud native open-source product named “CORTX”

Vishwas Saxena 

Senior Technologist, Firmware Engineering, Western Digital

Vishwas is a Senior Technologist, Firmware Engineering at Western Digital, where he has played both Project lead and Project architect for multiple products in Emerging tech e.g ML, Security, Wireless - WD Crypto HW Wallet, Wireless storage Drives, Edge Analytics based Video Surveillance Systems and Flash Firmware products e.g removable Flash Cards - NVMe-based CFexpress, SATA based CFast, etc. 

Vishwas has more than 14 years of experience in firmware and software development and almost 22 years of experience in the technology industry in areas of Telecom, Networking, GPS, Storage and Emerging Tech. Vishwas holds a Master's in Science from LJMU in ML & AI (2021), and Bachelor’s in computer science (2000) from NSIT, Delhi

Vaishnavi SG 

Software Developer, AMD

Vaishnavi is working as a Software Developer at AMD Inc in Hyderabad. She has around 4 years of work experience working on Storage and Networking solutions. Formerly, she worked at Xilinx Inc. on Computational Storage, NVMe, and RDMA related technologies. As part of computational storage she has offloaded to accelerate data compression, encryption, regular expressions, etc to FPGA and enabled Peer-to-Peer data transfers on various platforms and then created an end-to-end solution at file system layer to offload compute in Linux kernel space. She has also worked on various visualization techniques of Deep Learning as a research intern at Philips Research Bangalore. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science and Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.

Chaitra Shankar 

Senior Cloud Developer, HPE

An expert technologist with HPE having deep expertise in DevOps, Cloud Data Services and Storage technologies.

Mukul Kumar Singh

Senior Engineering Manager, Cloudera

Mukul is currently working with Cloudera where he is leading the Storage team working on both Apache Ozone and Apache HDFS. He has also been working on Storage Systems and File Systems for 13 years and has played various roles as open source contributor, PMC member, researcher and a software developer.He also has worked with Nimble Storage and NetApp and worked on WAFL and CASL file systems respectively. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, where his thesis was on a file system for Shingled Magnetic recording disks.

Girija Swami 

Principal SQA Engineer, Veritas Technologies

I am a Quality Assurance Engineer from Veritas with 9 years of experience in Storage and Cloud Data Protection domain. Having worked with multi-cloud environments for last few years, I am familiar with general Cloud usage patterns and Cloud Security aspects.

Boris Tankhilevich 

CEO, Magtera Inc.

Dr. Tankhilevich is a founder and CEO of Magtera. Previously, Dr. Tankhilevich was a Research Scientist at the Academy of Science in St. Petersburg and is credited with being the first to realize magnon systems can be used as a source of terahertz radiation.
Dr. Tankhilevich emigrated from Soviet Union to the United States and subsequently received a J.D. from the Hastings College of the Law University of California. Dr. Tankhilevich legal career began at Majestic, Parsons, Siebert & Hsue, followed by a successful private practice handling intellectual property matters.

Ramakrishna Vadla 

Senior Software Engineer, IBM

Ramakrishna Vadla is a Lead Architect in IBM's Software Defined Storage Systems group. He is responsible for developing and designing IBM Storage Insights product that monitors storage systems. He has 18 years of experience in developing and designing large scale distributed systems across different technologies such as Microservice architecture, Storage Management, Data Science, Cloud Native Services and Middleware systems. He has spoken at various technical forums including SNIA Storage Developer Conference and IBM global conferences and contributed to opensource community in cloud auditing. He completed M.Tech in computer science from International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad.

Fausto Vaninetti 

Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems

Fausto S. Vaninetti is a senior Technical Solutions Architect for Datacenter at Cisco Systems. With over 20-year experience in the ICT sector, his primary focus is on storage networking, datacenter optical interconnection, unified computing and converged architectures. He holds responsibility across EMEAR and has been a speaker at several events including CiscoLive, EMC World, IBM STGU, Hitachi Vantara Partner days, etc. He is based out of the Milan office, Italy.

Joseph Vazhappilly 

Lead Architect, Huawei Technologies & Maintainer, SODA Foundation

Joseph is a Lead Architect in Huawei and contributes to SODA Foundation opensource projects. He has experience in many areas including Storage, Monitoring, Cloud, Kubernetes, Systems, etc. He presented multiple sessions at international conferences in the areas of data management & storage monitoring. He is the maintainer of multiple open source projects including SODA Delfin which is a heterogeneous storage monitoring project. Currently, he is focusing on the container data protection area. He is passionate about exploring and learning technology in these areas.

Madhavrao Vemuri 

Software Architect, Seagate Technology

Madhav is an experienced professional with 17+ years of experience in developing Distributed file system, object store and High performance NIC. Madhav holds Masters Degree from BITS PILANI. Currently Madhav is working for the architecture of Open sourced mass capacity CORTX object storage system developed by Seagate Technology.

Rahul Vishwakarma 

Graduate Student, California State University

Rahul Vishwakarma is a graduate student in Computer Science at California State University, Long Beach. He has an overall of more than twelve years of industrial experience. He drove solutions for Data Protection and helped customers protect their data with Data Domain (de-duplication based backup storage) at Dell Technologies for four years. He loves solving challenging problems across interdisciplinary domains and holds several US patents (11 granted and 55 pending at USPTO) in Data Storage, Persistent Memory, DNA-Based memory, Blockchain and Machine Learning.

Rasika Vyawahare 

Quality Engineer, IBM

Rasika A. Vyawahare Quality Engineer at IBM India Pvt Ltd. has 12 + years of experience in quality assurance. She believes "Good quality brings not only trust but also long term relation with customers". 

She has a strong experience in Cloud Orchestration, deployment, storage management etc. She is passionate about finding unique use cases and validating them against different environments with different permutations and combinations. Currently, she is working with a team to automate the deployment of Openshift Container Platform and IBM Cloud Paks on the Cloud Pak System.

Prashant Wakchaure 

Principal SQA Engineer, Veritas Technologies

Prashant Wakchaure is a Principal SQA Engineer at Veritas in India. He has more than 12+ years of experience in Storage domain. Currently he works on NetBackup product.
In the Data protection field, he mainly worked in areas File system, Deduplication, Virtualization, Snapshot, Replication, Cloud.

Chaehwan Yang 

Engineer, Samsung

Chaehwan Yang is an engineer at Samsung Electronics with two and a half years of experience. He is responsible for developing test framework for storage system and testing NVMe and NVMe-oF storage solutions.