Kumar is the co-founder and CEO of BlueData, an infrastructure software company focused making it easier, faster, and more cost-effective to deploy big data on-premises. The BlueData software platform leverages virtualization and container technology to enable Big-Data-as-a-Service in an on-premises deployment model.
Prior to co-founding BlueData, Kumar was vice president of R&D at VMware where he was responsible for Storage and Availability in the Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit. Kumar’s responsibilities included VSAN, Virtual Volumes, Virtual Flash, Virtual Storage Appliance, SRM (Site Recovery Manager), High Availability, SMP-FT, and Virtual Storage Fabric. Before VMware, Kumar was the founding CEO and CTO of Agami Systems, a high-performance, distributed NAS company.
Earlier, Kumar was vice president of Engineering and Operations for Akamai Technologies where he responsible for the Streaming Business Unit. Earlier in his career, Kumar held senior technical and engineering management positions with Adaptec, Mylex, and Seagate.
Kumar is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur where he studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering.