The SnappyData Journey

How it all started

  • Birth of Snappy

    Snappydata was incubated at Pivotal by a highly experienced team of engineers empowered to create a breakthrough OSS Big Data platform. The team leadership is the original GemFire founders who previously pioneered in-memory data grid technology over a decade ago.

  • Snappy Journey

    That team spun out in Jan 2016 as a standalone entity.

  • Snappy Today

    The SnappyData team is 25+ people strong.

Our Leadership

Building data products together for over a decade

  • Richard Lamb


    Richard Lamb is the President of SnappyData with a primary focus on sales and business development. Richard brings 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and operations with large, enterprise technology providers, emerging companies and start-ups. Richard became the President of GemStone Systems in 2002 and a co-founder of the GemFire product which was acquired by VMware in 2010. At VMware and then Pivotal, Richard helped to lead a rapid expansion of GemFire deployments across worldwide markets as the Vice President of Real Time Solutions. GemFire is now used by over a 1000+ customers.Prior to GemStone Richard served in leadership roles at IBM and Mentor Graphics. Richard graduated from Cornell University with BA in English Literature.

  • Jags Ramnarayan


    Jags is CTO and visionary for SnappyData. Previously, Jags was the Chief Architect for “fast data” products at Pivotal and served in the extended leadership team of the company. At Pivotal and previously at VMWare, he led the technology direction for GemFire. He helped lead the company strategy for data services, and worked closely with customers to help them be successful. Jags is recognized for his expertise in distributed systems and databases and is a frequent speaker on "distributed data". Jags helped build the first generation of J2EE application servers and participated in several standards in the Java space(J2EE) and Web Services(SOAP) while at BEA(now Oracle)and GemStone Systems. He has spent more than two decades in this industry and has a Bachelors degree in computer science and a masters degree in management of science and technology.

  • Sudhir Menon


    Suds Menon is responsible for engineering, marketing, venture funding and juggles all operational aspects of SnappyData. At Pivotal, Suds was the Head of Products for all the Real Time and Big Data products at Pivotal and was named as a member of the technical leadership team. Prior to that he led GemFire engineering for 8+ years, both at Pivotal and VMware, overseeing the transformation of the product from a disruptive product to a mainstream widely used and supported product within the industry. In 2014 he led the Real Time Intelligence engineering team at Pivotal, delivering multiple releases and transitioning the product to EMC. He holds several patents in the area of distributed systems. He is a frequent speaker at in-memory and distributed data conferences. He has 20+ years of experience in the software industry and holds a Bachelors of Engg in Computers(Pune University) and an MBA (Babson) in Entrepreneurship

  • Sumedh Wale

    Chief Architect

    Sumedh Wale has spent 10+ years building mission critical systems at GemStone, VMware and Pivotal. He has several patents in the area of distributed in memory systems. In his role as Chief Architect, Sumedh is responsible for product architecture and building elegant solutions to hard technical problems. He holds a bachelors degrees in computer science from IIT Kanpur

Our Advisors

Key people in technology leadership

  • Paul Maritz

    Pivotal Executive Chairman of the Board Paul Maritz formed Pivotal in 2013, having previously served as Chief Strategist of EMC and CEO of VMware. During his tenure at VMware, he led the transformation of the company from a technology leader in virtualization to a category leader in cloud computing. Maritz remains a member of VMware’s board of directors.

    He is quoted as saying “If you can obtain all the relevant data, analyze it quickly, surface actionable insights, and drive them back into operational systems, then you can affect events as they’re still unfolding. The ability to catch people or things “in the act”, and affect the outcome, can be extraordinarily important, valuable and disruptive.”

  • Barzan Mozafari

    Barzan Mozafari is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he leads a research group designing the next generation of scalable databases using advanced statistical models. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 2011. His research career has led to many successful open-source projects, including CliffGuard (the first robust framework for database tuning), DBSeer (the first automated database diagnosis tool), and BlinkDB (the first massively parallel approximate query engine). He has won the National Science Foundation CAREER award, as well as several best paper awards in ACM SIGMOD and EuroSys.

Our Investors

Key companies in technology leadership

  • Pivotal Software

    Pivotal's cloud native platform drives software innovation for many of the world’s most admired brands. With millions of developers in communities around the world, Pivotal technology touches billions of users every day.

  • GE Digital

    GE Digital connects streams of machine data to powerful analytics and people, providing industrial companies with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently.

  • GTD Ventures

    GTD Ventures

    GTD Capital, is a Seattle based technology investment firm. Founded in 2006, GTD’s investments include companies at various stages ranging from seed and early stage through later stage rounds.

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