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Parag Patkar, Founder and CEO

Parag founded Virtunet Systems with Bappa Sinha in 2010 with the mission to provide easy to use, high performing, and reasonably priced storage for enterprises.

Parag’s stewardship has resulted in Virtunet becoming a profitable, debt free, and a 100% employee owned organization with invaluable IP in the server storage and virtualization fields in a short span of four years.

Before founding Virtunet Systems, Parag has had various sales roles of increasing responsibility at Inktomi (acquired by Verity, Autonomy and then HP), and later at Wind River (acquired by Intel). His most recent role was as director of sales at Wind River responsible for the sales of the first-to-market Internet-of-things management platform that let OEMs manage connected devices in the field. After Intel’s acquisition of Wind River, Parag was responsible for all software and services sales to networking and storage OEMs for the North American west coast. Software solutions included embedded virtualization software, IO subsystems, and management frameworks.

Parag has a Masters and Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Bappa Sinha, Founder and CTO

Bappa is responsible for all technology and product decisions at Virtunet Systems and leads Virtunet’s engineering and product teams. Bappa has successfully delivered VirtuCache and VirtuStor’s market leading features, keeping far ahead of our much larger competitors, with a lean and talented engineering team.

Bappa is an expert in Linux and VMware kernel with a strong background in distributed systems, scale out clustering, networking & storage stacks in VMware and Linux. Bappa is responsible for patent pending work at Virtunet in the areas of block level IO caching for virtualized environments without prior space reservation; cache index state replication for dirty writes; and adaptive write back throttling to ensure synchronization of cache with datastore.

Prior to Virtunet, Bappa has held architecture and engineering leadership roles in networking companies like Omnia (bought by Ciena), Lucent, and Dilithium Networks. He was most recently VP Engineering at iTaas, responsible for video gateway software. Bappa has co-authored multiple patents in the areas of ATM VP switched SONET rings.

Bappa has a MS in Computer Science from Arizona State University and BTech in Computer Science from IIT, Bombay.

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