Kumar Malavalli, an Indian American entrepreneur and longtime philanthropist for education and other causes, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Cal State East Bay during the university’s graduate commencement ceremony here June 14.
Malavalli, a technological visionary in the field of storage networks, in 2007 started VKRM, a boutique venture capital firm dedicated to “supporting entrepreneurs to build innovative and industry leading businesses.”
The VKRM general partner also is co-author of — and a driving force behind — Fibre Channel, a high-speed network technology system used for data storage networking that led to the development of the multi-billion dollar storage area network industry, according to a press release.
In addition to VKRM and Fibre Channel, Malavalli is chief executive officer, co-founder and chair of InMage Systems, a firm that has pioneered the development of event-based disaster recovery and affordable data protection software.
Previously, he was co-founder and chief technology officer of Brocade Communications, a leading provider of SAN systems.
Malavalli’s philanthropic endeavors in education began with digital learning centers in rural parts of India and have extended to universities in the United States and Canada.
He established the Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz to support a professorship for storage systems research in 2005, and co-founded Indus Scholastic Management Services, serving as a trustee of the Indus International Schools in Bangalore.
In addition to his contributions of time and financial support to CSUEB and other institutions, Malavalli is a mentor and board member of numerous Silicon Valley startups, providing advice on marketing, product analysis, nanotechnology and telemedicine.
In 2003 he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame for his contributions to technology and society. Other honors include the prestigious International Committee for Information Technology Standards award for his leadership that developed 17 standards in storage and networking.