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My Story with Kumar Ganapathy - How to Create a Leading Company in Flash Storage

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How do you create a leader in flash storage solutions with a flash platform that solves the challenges of poor application performance and redefines performance storage in datacenters? Come and listen to Kumar Ganapathy tell his story on how he and his team at Virident helped enterprises and cloud providers deploy private and public clouds speeding up application responses by an order of magnitude while scaling with the server-side flash platform architectures. Kumar’s founding team included a visionary management team from Hitachi, EMC, Sun, Cisco, Sandisk, and Intel.

Virident enables enterprises to tackle performance-intensive enterprise applications with PCIe-based server-attached enterprise flash storage for databases, analytics, virtualization and other data-intensive applications. Virident FlashMAX II, a PCIe Storage Class Memory solution, ensures that application performance is ten times faster at one-third of the total cost of ownership. The FlashMAX Connect software suite redefines the enterprise networked storage architecture by bringing server-side flash into enterprise applications that previously relied on high-cost proprietary SAN (Storage Area Networking) hardware. FlashMAX Connect software builds on the FlashMAX II hardware platform and adds flash-aware network-level storage capabilities. Now you can use FlashMAX Connect to create Virtual Flash Storage Networks on the server side, and deploy applications on flash storage with shared block-level access and high availability across servers while keeping the low-latency advantages of the PCIe flash.

About Kumar Ganapathy
Kumar Ganapathy, Ph.D, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer of Virident, has joined HGST management team at the close of HGST acquisition of Virident, a flash storage startup, in October 2013. Dr. Ganapathy has over 20 years of leadership experience as an operating executive and entrepreneur in the areas of Enterprise Flash storage, DSP, wireless and semiconductors. Prior to founding Virident in 2006, Dr. Ganapathy was an Executive in Residence (EIR) at Artiman Ventures, and before that he was the CTO and co-founder of VxTel, developer of VoIP DSP processors and subsystems, which was acquired by Intel in 2001. At Intel, Dr. Ganapathy was Director of Architecture and Engineering in Ultrawideband Networking Operation (UWB) and Edge Access Division as well as in the CTO Office of the Intel. Before co-founding VxTel in 1999, Dr. Ganapathy was Fellow of Conexant and Principal Engineer at Rockwell Semiconductor leading the development of 56-kbit modems and GSM phones.
Dr. Ganapathy holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras where he received the Siemens Gold Medal. He received his M.S from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Dr. Ganapathy has published over a dozen technical papers and has been issued over 35 patents.

6:00 PM - Registration, Dinner & Networking
7:00 PM - Program
8:15 PM - Q & A
9:00 PM- Adjourn

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Introducing My Story – Another TiE SV Original Program
This talk is part of TiE SV’s recently introduced monthly program “My Story – Inspiring Journey of an Entrepreneur” to celebrate entrepreneurship and bring stories from successful entrepreneurs in their own words. The invited speaker(s) share their entrepreneurial journey and talk about lessons learnt, mistakes they wish they avoided and key decisions that helped make their venture successful.