About

Aparna Systems’ pioneering Orca µCloud™ and µServer products are revolutionizing data center infrastructure through the ultra-convergence of compute, storage and networking resources in a self-contained system that sets new standards for agility, scalability and affordability. The company’s Orca µCloud and µServer products provide a high density, high performance and high availability Cloud-in-a-Box solution for distributed and edge computing. The Orca µCloud’s compact, energy efficient design also minimizes the need for space, power and cooling in central data centers. The open software system supports bare metal, containerized and/or virtualized deployments in single- and multi-tenant environments, and sets a new price/performance standard in the industry with its disruptive combination of improved application performance and reduced capital and operational expenditures. The privately-held company is headquartered in Fremont, California.

Leadership

Sam Mathan Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

Sam Mathan is a serial entrepreneur who was a co-founder of Vortech Data Inc, a pioneering PACS start-up founded in 1987 and acquired by Kodak in 1993. At Ascend Communications as the Senior Vice President of Telco Marketing and Sales, he helped establish the company as the dominant supplier of dial access, frame and cell switching equipment to RBOCs, IXCs and emerging CLECs. As President and CEO of Amber Networks, the developer of the first Fault Tolerant Router, Sam was instrumental in raising more than $100M of funding and positioning the company as a leader in its market segment. Amber Networks was acquired by Nokia in August of 2001 for $440MM. Most recently Sam was Chairman and CEO of Matisse Networks, a developer of EtherBurst®, the first commercial optical carrier Ethernet switch and also served as interim CEO at Anagran Inc. Sam has a B.Sc. and B.E. from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, an MSEE from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, and a MBA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

Alex Henderson Chief Technical Officer
and Co-founder

Alex is a serial entrepreneur who, prior to co-founding Aparna Systems, was also founder and CTO of Anagran that developed the industry’s first 80 Gbps router based on commercial off-the-shelf silicon, founder of Azule Technology that was a pioneer in Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) technology, founder and CTO of Fast-Chip that was the first network processor company to deliver functional 10 Gbps silicon, and founder of Skyline Technology that offered a family of X.25, Frame Relay and DSL access devices and routers. Alex also served as a Technical Advisor for BlackRidge Technology, after being the company’s CTO of Endpoint Systems, and on the Board of Directors for knf Technologies. Previous work experience includes various engineering positions at ADC Kentrox, Net Express West and Telenet. Alex holds BSEE from George Washington University.

Ramana Vakkalagadda Director of Software
Engineering

Prior to joining Aparna Systems, Ramana was Sr. Software Engineering Manager and Sr. Engineering Program Manager at Ericsson where he headed the multi-site team that created end-to-end diagnostics for SSR series of routers, a Sr. Engineering Program Manager at Redback Networks where he led a major software release and implemented a project management analysis system. He was also an Engineering Manager and R&D Project Manager at Nokia Networks/Amber Networks where he was responsible for platform software development, integration and verification, and a co-founder and VP Telecom practice at S4 Connect, a telecom services company. Ramana began his career at Hewlett Packard as Senior Software Engineer, and also worked at Silicon Graphics as Software Engineer, MIPS Technologies as Senior Technical Marketing Engineer and at 3D Labs/Dynamic Pictures as Senior Software Engineer. He holds an MS Computer Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an ME in Computer Science from PSG College of Technology, and a BE in Electronics from Bengaluru University’s R.V. College of Engineering.

Debashis Saha Industry Advisor

Debashis Saha is an Industry Advisor for Aparna Systems. As the former Vice President of Commerce Platform Infrastructure at eBay he led the engineering teams that build, manage and operate the platform and infrastructure services. His portfolio included eBay’s entire infrastructure, ranging from data centers to cloud, including platforms, frameworks, data, engineering services and operations. Mr. Saha has extensive experience developing software for distributed computing, database systems, and networking, and holds several patents for computer system and VLSI design technologies.

Investors

  • Divergent Venture Partners
  • Vish Mishra, Clearstone Partners
  • Sam Mathan, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Aparna Systems
  • Kumar Malavalli, Founder, Brocade
  • Sam Srinivasan, Former CFO Cirrus Logic

Partners