Technical Council

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

Prakash Venkat, Dell Technologies

Prakash Venkat is a Distinguished Engineer at Dell Technologies with an experience of over 25 years in the areas related to storage and system software. Prakash is one of the lead architects of the Midrange Storage BU within DellEMC and has been with Dell/DellEMC family for more than 15 years. 

He has played multiple roles in the entire software lifecycle development, from ideation to design and implementation to post-delivery improvements, including a stint in management. He has over 15 USPO patents and almost all of them have been in practical features, which have delivered value to customers.

His early career was shaped working in USA for almost a decade, before returning to Bangalore, where he had initially started his career with Wipro Global R&D after his Engineering in Computer Science. 

He considers himself to be privileged to have been a part of few exciting 1.0 products and has hands-on experience in multiple technology areas including SVR4 based UNIX kernel (Virtual Memory, Filesystems and Real-time Scheduling), SCSI, FC/iSCSI protocols, multi-pathing from the host perspective and across various layers in the array storage stack (Front end Protocols, Replication, Migrations, NAS among others). He is an active member in the technical leadership of Dell Storage/DellEMC India, a regular jury member of the hackathon events, key-note speaker at various tech-events among other things.

Currently, Prakash is focused on various aspects of Data Mobility and ease of customer adoption to newer technologies and here are a couple of highlights: 

·       Lead architect for delivering the import feature to the next-gen Midrange product, which is an industry unique, patent awarded solution to seamlessly migrate users from legacy systems. 

·       Designing a set of innovative solutions to help customers with NVMe adoption.

·       Leading a set of data mobility offload solutions across the DellEMC storage portfolio.

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.

Ankit Mathur, Huawei

Ankit Mathur has over 16 years of experience in storage, and is Chief Architect for NAS Storage with Huawei working out of the Bangalore Research Center. He holds multiple patents for his work in the storage domain. He is responsible for innovation and development of features and products around NAS and Unstructured Data Protocols and Eco-system. His research interests are around storage eco-system for High Performance Computing, Application Integration and Computation Storage and adopting the file system stack for persistent memories. 

Vijeth Shivappa, Hitachi Vantara

Vijeth Shivappa is a Senior Technical Sales specialist with 19+ years of experience in Enterprise IT Infrastructure Solution designing, consulting & Technical account management (TAM). He is Specialized in enterprise Storage, Data Protection, BCP/DR Solution, Private & Public cloud solution, Data Center Transformation & Digital Transformation Solutions.He is an Engineering Graduate with 19+ years of diverse experience in technical account management of large enterprise customers like HDFC Bank, NSE, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, LIC , IDFC First Bank ,HDFC Ergo General Insurance, New India Assurance, RBI & Aditya Birla Group to name the few . He is currently leading the Regional Technical Sales team for western Region of India CMT based out of Mumbai,India. 

He has worked for the organizations like Huawei Enterprise, NetApp, EMC Corporation, HCL Infosystems Ltd in the past, with consistent revenue contribution in meeting region’s revenue goals. He has published newsletters & articles on various subjects ranging from Enterprise storage to Modular data center to Data center transformation for Gartner & various media houses.

Sanjeev Kumar, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

Sanjeev Kumar is Storage domain consultant and leading Storage CoE within the HiTech business unit at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He has 17+ years of experience in Product development, Quality Assurance, Sustenance and solution development in Storage Industry. He has extensive experience across storage stack and his key area of focus are embedded system technologies, Solid State Storage (NVMe/NVMeOF), Hyperconvergence, Data Protection Technologies, Containers and Storage Integration solutions. Sanjeev has presented in SNIA SDC India many times and filed patents in storage technologies.