Board Members

Udayan Singh


SNIA India Chair

Udayan is Sr. Manager, Development, Veritas Technologies. He has 18+ yrs of experience in Product Development, Quality Assurance, Sustenance and Solution Development in the Storage industry. His key areas of focus are Solid State Storage (including NVMe), Clustering Systems, Replication technologies, Containers, Open Source Storage Technologies and Storage Solution Integration.

Previously at TCS he was head of Software Product Engineering – Storage and Platform, Manageability, HiTech where he focused on latest trends that are impacting Storage, Platform & Manageability Software Product Companies, conceptualizing and leading development of Innovative Solutions that provide value to Storage and Platform companies. He has also led Cloud Data Management Interface Testing Solution in TCS in collaboration with SNIA US. He was also leading the Innovation Management Group of the HiTech ISU, where he focused on developing and implementation of new levers on Innovation. Also, he has held technical lead roles with Customers in the Telecom domain.

Udayan has presented and published papers at the Storage Developer Conference / Storage Conferences and has filed multiple patents on various areas of Storage Technologies. He is also a member Computer Society of India.

Rahul Gupta

Managing Director, Smile Security & Surveillance Pvt Ltd

SNIA India Vice-Chair

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.

Vinod Eswaraprasad

Chief Architect, Wipro Technologies

Vinod Eswaraprasad is a Chief Architect, and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, at Wipro Technologies. He has been  working in system software development for server & storage platforms and involved in developing  fault tolerant, and mission critical systems in open & proprietary architectures for past 21 years. Vinod has lead the architecture and design of several NAS and Hyper converged solutions as part of  Wipro’s Product Engineering Solutions. In his current role  he is focused on building solutions in Storage Domain in the areas of scalable file systems, hyper converged appliances, and working on new storage architectures for emerging digital workloads. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer science from National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India. He speaks regularly in international events, SNIA SDC, Supercomputing Conferences, and Flash Memory summit etc.

Dr Anupam Bhide

Founder and CEO, Calsoft Inc.

Dr. Anupam Bhide is the founder and C.E.O of Calsoft Inc. With more than 22 years of experience in the technology industry, he is widely respected for his integrity, innovative mindset, and dynamism. His visionary leadership combined with deep industry and technology expertise have played a key role in establishing Calsoft Inc. as a leading provider of software product engineering services. Prior to incorporating Calsoft Inc., Anupam led elite development teams at HP, IBM, and Oracle. Under his direction, the teams at Oracle designed key features for Oracle 8 and improved the scalability of Oracle 7.  Before joining Oracle, he served as a Research Scientist at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, New York where he was a founding member of the DB2/6000 Parallel Edition team. At IBM, he also conceived and built one of the first high availability products in the open systems market - the Highly Available NFS File Server.  Anupam holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California-Berkeley. He also has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from IIT-Mumbai.

Vamsimohan V Kasturi

Program Director, Storage and SDI Lab, IBM India Pvt Ltd 

Vamsi Kasturi is a Program Director with IBM India Pvt. Ltd for Storage product development and support. He has been with IBM for over 9 years and manages the India product development and support for Spectrum Virtualize and Spectrum Scale products. Vamsi's 25 years of global experience has spanned across geos as well as domains such as Chip development, Storage, Applications Engineering and Consumer electronics manufacturing. Vamsi holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in Digital Design from San Jose State University, California and a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication from CBIT (Osmania University), India. Vamsi loves to listen to music, is a trained percussionist, and is an avid sports enthusiast. Loves playing cricket, Badminton, Tennis and any kind of racquet sport.

Prof. K. Gopinath

Professor, IISc.

Prof. K. Gopinath graduated from IIT-Madras with a B.Tech. degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison with an MS in Computer Science. After working at Advanced Micro Devices as a Product Planning Engineer, he joined Stanford University for a Ph.D.(completed '88). After a brief stint as a PostDoc at Stanford and then at Sun Microsystems Labs, he joined IISc in 1990 where he is now a Professor.  His research interests are primarily in the computer systems area (Operating Systems, Storage Systems, Computer Systems, Security, Software Verification).

Anand Nagarajan

Technical lead, Software Design, Microsemi

Siddhartha Nandi

Director, Advanced Technology GroupNetApp 



Guna Bala Shekar

Guna is a senior semiconductor professional with a strong domain experience in the Storage, Networking and the Data Analytics markets. He used to work for LSI in the Bay Area before moving to Bangalore to work for LSI India (now Broadcom). Besides LSI, he has also worked at successful semiconductor startups in the Bay Area as well as in Bangalore. During his 20+ years at all these companies, he had taken up several challenging senior management roles spanning Engineering, Marketing and Sales.

Guna is now a co-founder for a stealth mode startup that plans to radically change the way telecom service providers monetize the cellular market. The solution innovatively combines the benefit of utilizing unlicensed shared spectrum along with virtualization increasing the quality of experience for the end user at reduced costs.


Karnendu Pattanaik

Senior Technical Manager,  Mindteck India Ltd 

SNIA India Secretary

Karnendu has been in the Storage arena for the past eighteen years, with experience in development, testing and maintenance projects, including strategic planning of Storage products. He worked with Wipro and Axes technologies for around thirteen years in Storage, Embedded and VOIP domains before joining Mindteck. At Mindteck, Karnendu has been spearheading the areas of Storage Networking and platforms. His strong Project and Program Management expertise has been much appreciated by his clients. 

Karnendu has consistently been contributing to innovations and promoting innovations in his teams.  He has contributed in the areas of Private Cloud, Test management tools and optimizing test methodologies for storage. He has been a presenter in the SNIA India SDC and presented technical white papers for the past two years.

Karnendu has done his degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Gulbarga University, Karnataka.  He has done various certifications in the areas of technology and management. 

Saikiran Gundu

CEO, Nexii Labs

Saikiran Gundu(Sai) is the CEO of Nexii Labs, a storage testing and test automation solutions enterprise . Since its inception in 2007, Nexii Labs,has grown organically under the leadership of Saikiran Gundu. Besides offices in Hyderabad and Bangalore in India, its footprints extend into the US,and UK also.

An engineering graduate with a management qualification from IIM, Kolkata, Sai is passionate about problem solving.  He combines business acumen with technical knowledge to create innovative solutions to address industry challenges. A dynamic professional, his ability to accurately predict industry trends comes from a keen sense of understanding of the industry.

Automation today is the flavor of the season. However, well before it became a buzzword, Sai had identified the need and spearheaded the initiative to transform Nexii Labs into a 100% automation testing company.

His leisure time activities include watching movies belonging to various genres, and spending time with his family.