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Sujal Patel

Strategic Director

Sujal Patel is a successful technology entrepreneur and executive.  Patel founded Isilon Systems in 2001 with the vision that the rapid proliferation of unstructured, file-based data would necessitate a shift away from traditional storage architectures and toward a new, scale-out paradigm.  In 2006, Isilon completed one of the most successful initial public offerings of the year, with a market capitalization in excess of $1 Billion.  From 2007 to 2010, Patel, as CEO, led Isilon during a period of profound growth, improving operating margins from -37.5% to +20%.

Isilon was acquired by EMC in December, 2010 for $2.5 Billion, the largest acquisition in EMC’s history. Patel served as the President of EMC’s Isilon Storage Division from the acquisition until November, 2012, driving significant revenue growth, market expansion and organizational scale.

Prior to EMC and Isilon, Patel served in various engineering roles at RealNetworks, Inc., in part as chief architect behind the company’s second-generation core media delivery system.

Patel holds nineteen patents in the areas of storage, networking, and media delivery, is a well-known speaker on entrepreneurship, and has received a variety of industry awards.  Currently Patel serves on the board of directors at ExtraHop Networks, Qumulo and Rainier Scholars.

He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 1996 with a degree in Computer Science.