Pavilion Data Systems

Pavilion brings together experienced technology professionals with expertise in storage system architecture, network switch design, dense micro-server architectures, and solid state storage technology to deliver a ground-breaking storage system design that is purpose-built to take advantage of memory-class media available both today and in the future.

Early on we realized that that the only data center devices that can process data at a terabit per second were the network switching devices.  As a result, we decided to design a storage system by borrowing architectural and design patterns from the network switch world.   This has resulted in the first non-volatile memory-based storage array that is designed like a network switch. The Pavilion Memory Array is the only enterprise class storage system leveraging a dense parallel processing architecture with built-in enterprise data management features, that delivers record-breaking performance and density, all while leveraging industry-standard hardware components wherever possible to deliver unprecedented value.


Kiran Malwankar

CEO and Founder

Kiran Malwankar is the Founder of Pavilion Data Systems and brings extensive experience in flash memory systems, PCI express architectures, as well as storage area networking. Prior to Pavilion Data, Kiran was Director of Hardware Engineering at Violin Memory, where he led the team responsible for the development of Violin’s next-generation flash controller architecture. Prior to Violin, Kiran led the hardware engineering team at Aprius, a provider of PCIe-based I/O virtualization systems which was acquired by FusionIO.   Kiran was also part of the founding team of Andiamo, a spin-off that Cisco created to disrupt the storage networking market, and also held senior engineering roles at Nishan Systems, Stoke, and KLA-Tencor.

Kiran holds a degree in MSEE from IIT Bombay (now Mumbai).

VR Satish

Chief Technical Officer

VR Satish is the Chief Technology Officer at Pavilion Data Systems and brings more than 20 years of experience in enterprise storage software products. Prior to joining Pavilion Data, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Artiman Ventures.   Satish was an early employee of Veritas and later served as the Vice President and the Chief Technology Officer for the Information & Availability Group at Symantec Corporation prior to joining Artiman. His current areas of interest include distributed computing, information-centric storage architectures and virtualization. Satish holds multiple patents in storage management, and earned his Master’s degree in computer science from the University of Florida.

Sundar Kanthadai

Founder and VP of Software Engineering

Sundar is the Co-founder of Pavilion Data Systems and brings more than 15 years of enterprise data center and software development expertise to the company. Prior to Pavilion Data, he was a founding engineer and Director of Engineering at SeaMicro (AMD) where he led the software development of the industry leading converged appliance products SM10000 and SM15000.  Prior to SeaMicro, he held key engineering positions at successful startups Aruba Wireless Networks & ONI Systems.

He holds a MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology, Trichy.

Jeff Sosa

Head of Products

Jeff is in charge of Product Marketing and Management at Pavilion Data Systems, and brings over a decade of enterprise storage product experience to Pavilion.   Jeff comes from Western Digital, where he ran the HGST PCIe/NVMe SSD business.    In this role, along with his prior roles at Virident (Western Digital) and Fusion-io, Jeff focused on low latency storage products that powered some of the largest scale-out database deployments in the world.      Jeff also held Senior Product Management and Marketing roles at DataDomain (EMC), PathScale (QLogic), NetApp, and Brocade.   Jeff spent many years in engineering prior to transitioning to Marketing, including eleven years at Tandem Computers (HP NonStop).

He has a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Engineering from the California State University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.