Technical Council

Sourin Sarkar, Microsemi

Sourin is an industry veteran with 21 years of experience in various technology areas spanning storage controller firmware, expander firmware, SoC, IOC, ROC, Embedded OS, Device Drivers (Windows NT/Windows Server and Linux), Kernel (Linux, FreeBSD), complete USB 2.x/3.x stack implementation for OHCI, EHCI OTG controller, Enterprise Data Protection (Backup, Recovery, Disaster Management, Snapshots Management), Telecom GPRS and MMS stack, Mobile Network Simulation. He has 8 patents filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 1 patent filed under WIPO PCT 

Sandeep Ramesh Patil, IBM

Sandeep Patil works as a storage security architect with IBM labs and has over 18 years of extensive product architecture and design experience. Sandeep is an IBM STSM and IBM Master Inventor with over 200+ US patents in the field of storage, cloud, security, filesystem, etc and is listed by Wikipedia in World's Prolific Inventor list.  Linkedn:

Representation in any other organizations: Member of Computer Society of India.

Niranjan Pendharkar, Nutanix

Niranjan currently works as a Sr. Staff Engineer at Nutanix Inc. Prior to that, he was Distinguished Engineer, VERITAS Technologies LLC. Niranjan has over 21 years of experience in Storage Management, Storage Virtualization, Distributed Systems, HyperConverged Storage. Niranjan has contributed to industry leading storage products in an architect role. His current areas of interest include HyperConverged systems, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid Clouds and Software defined storage.  Niranjan holds more than 50 US patents and has received Zinnov Technical Role model award.

B K GirishKumar, NetApp

Girish Kumar B K is currently working as senior engineer at NetApp India Pvt. Ltd.  He is part of Advanced Technology Group under CSO office and is focused on evaluating technological disruptions in storage industry involving low latency storage and impact on storage applications, in-memory database, storage class memory programming models, scalable computing in SaaS, edge computing in IoT and resource optimization in containerized hosting. Girish comes with 20+ years of storage software development experience, holds 6 patents in storage domain and has published several technology evaluation papers.  He is an active technical mentor for startups under NetApp Excellerator program. More at

Yogesh Anyapanawar, Calsoft

Yogesh Anyapanawar is currently working as AVP Engineering at Calsoft Pvt. Ltd. and drives Storage and Virtualization engineering groups at Calsoft from a technology and business advancement perspective. Yogesh focusses on technological advancements in Storage, Virtualization, Data Protection and Cloud Computing domains and its related impacts and effects. Current areas of focus vary from CI/HCI, Edge Computing, Enterprise Backup and Disaster Recovery as a service, Infrastructure Automation, Containerization and SaaSification of datacenter products. With over 16 years of experience in the datacenter technologies space, Yogesh has worked on multiple products from Dell EMC, VMware, Netapp, Hitachi Data Systems and Cisco among others. He has represented Calsoft and various forums across the world and has been a speaker at VMware VMworld, SNIA India and other storage technology conferences. LinkedIn:

Anindya Banerjee, Veritas

Anindya Banerjee joined Veritas almost 18 years back immediately after completing his masters’ degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Since then he has been involved with various storage products, including file systems, backup and archival solutions, storage management solutions, storage virtualization, and hyperconverged storage. As part of Symantec, he was also exposed to security and data loss prevention solutions. He is currently working as a Technical Director and Architect for scale out purpose build storage solutions for backup and long term retention. He is also interested in complexities of distributed system and control plane to manage such distributed systems. Anindya has more than 30 patents issued by USPTO in his name.