Kumar Sreekanti is Chief Technology Officer and Head of Software for HPE. Software plays a foundational strategic role in enabling HPE’s edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service strategy. In this dual role, Kumar drives the innovation agenda and technology roadmap for HPE, and leads the strategy, design and development for the HPE software defined portfolio, enabling and powering our edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service strategy through cloud native, automated, and differentiated experiences for our customers. Kumar joined HPE through the acquisition of BlueData, where he was co-founder and CEO. Prior to BlueData, Kumar was Vice President of R&D at VMware, responsible for new technology innovations such as VSAN, Virtual Volumes, and Virtual Flash. Earlier in his career, Kumar held senior technical and engineering management positions with Akamai Technologies, Adaptec, Mylex, and Seagate. Kumar is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur where he studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering. Kumar’s hobbies include gardening, photography and long-distance running.