Leadership Team

Evan Powell joins CloudByte as the CEO and Chairman , he has been founding CEO of three enterprise infrastructure software companies, Clarus Systems (RVBD), Nexenta Systems, and most recently StackStorm (BRCD).  

As founding CEO of Nexenta Systems, he helped to reimagine the storage industry as one in which the value of software and freedom from vendor lock-in would predominate.  Under his leadership Nexenta became the leader of the OpenStorage movement and the software defined storage sector, with thousands of customers and hundreds of millions of dollars of annual partner sales.  

As founding CEO of StackStorm, Evan helped to create the event driven automation category, building a vibrant open source community leveraging and improving upon approaches used by the largest operators such as Facebook.  Prominent StackStorm users include Netflix, Cisco, and Dimension Data.  Brocade purchased StackStorm in early 2016.  

Currently Evan serves as an advisor and investor in a number of start-ups, including the emerging leader of intelligent object storage, Cloudian, as well as Keewi, TextIQ, Journey Software and others.

Umasankar Mukkara (Uma) has around 20 years of experience as a hands-on developer, architecting scalable products and building energetics teams. Uma has led the product development in the early days of CloudByte. He has led multiple innovations on the multi-tenant storage front and has contributed to more than 10 patents. Prior to CloudByte, he has contributed significantly to the development of Access Management solutions and has a sound understanding of the cloud storage and security architecture. Uma also spends significant time in OpenEBS hacking, community engagement and  partner eco-system development.

Uma holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications and software engineering  from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from S.V.University, Tirupati, India.

Kiran Mova is a Passionate Technologist with 17 years of extensive experience working for product companies like Cisco, Lucent, Novell. Kiran has contributed and lead the efforts in performance engineering, simplifying the products in terms of usability, operation and deployment complexities, introducing multi-tenancy and enabling SAAS services in domains like IP/Optical Networks, Storage and Access Management.

At CloudByte, Kiran heads the engineering team and is responsible for architecting, solution design and customer adoption of ElastiStor product.  Kiran evangelizes open culture and open source execution models and is currently the maintainer and contributor of the OpenEBS project.

Kiran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Gulbarga University, Karnataka, India. When he is not programming or reading, he loves to travel, photography, blog and sketch.

Christof is responsible for leading the worldwide sales organization with a goal to increase engagement and customer acquisition across the enterprise. With more than 20 years of international Sales and Sales Management experience, Christof excels at building teams and strategies that grow revenue at both early stage companies and large complex organizations. He has held leadership roles at Hewlett Packard within the ILM Division and at Data Domain leading sales operations for Switzerland and Austria, yielding 130% growth in revenue during his time.

Jeffry prior to being CTO at Cloudbyte has worked at several other startups in the storage industry. He worked on several scale out object storage products as well as traditional NAS and SAN storage solutions where he held leadership roles.

At Cloudbyte, his primary focus will be around making sure the product is flexible and scalable yet robust enough to be integrated seamlessly into modern day infrastructure where he believes, containers will have a dominant role.

Jeffry holds a master degree in electrical engineering with a focus on distributed control engineering from the University Twente in the Netherlands. When he is not working with code, he practices martial arts.

Board of Directors

Evan Powell

Chairman & CEO

Uma Mukkara

Co-Founder & COO

Sandeep Singhal

Managing Partner, Nexus Venture Partners

Raj Dugar

Managing Partner, Eight Roads Ventures

Sasha Mirchandani

Managing Director, Kae Capital

Christof Zihlman


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