Why We Created Sneller

We believe that serverless databases are the way of the future.

Such databases combine the advantages of low cost object storage with low cost and dynamic compute scalability. When implemented correctly they should be highly elastic and use far fewer resources than existing techniques. They are also much cheaper to run. The major technical hurdle is that it is very hard to be truly serverless and still provide low latency queries. That is why most competing solutions use expensive directly attached high speed storage and cannot be serverless.

Sneller’s direct SQL to AVX-512 engine accelerates queries by greater than 10x and we’ve employed a number of techniques to improve the speed of reading data from object storage. The Sneller engine can run interactive SQL queries on TB-scale semi-structured JSON datasets directly in cloud storage. These innovations enable us to transparently bring the advantages of serverless databases to existing observability pipelines with much lower cost and vastly reduced operational complexity.

Our Leadership

Varun Mehta
Varun Mehta
CEO

Varun was a founder and the first CEO of Nimble Storage. Nimble went public in 2013 and was acquired by HP Enterprise (HPE) in 2017. At HPE Varun was the General Manager of the Infosight Observability System that monitored HPE's storage and compute units in the field. Prior to Nimble, Varun was the 12th employee and VP of Engineering at Data Domain and before that he was the 11th employee at Network Appliance.

Frank Wessels
Frank Wessels
Founder & CTO

Frank started his career by applying optimization techniques in the Medical Imaging space for 2D as well as 3D/GPU-based visualization. Seeing the latest advancements in SIMD computing on both the ARM and Intel architectures, he saw an opportunity to launch Sneller in order to fully leverage these innovations. Prior to founding Sneller, Frank was CTO at open source object storage startup MinIO.

Venkat Krishnamurthy
Venkat Krishnamurthy
VP, Product Management

For the better part of the last 10+ years, Venkat built and led product teams focused on high performance analytics and data science platforms. Most recently, he was VP of Product at OmniSci, a pioneer in using GPUs to accelerate analytics and data science, where he bootstrapped the product and data science teams. Prior to that he was a member of the CTO office at Cray, the supercomputing pioneer, building optimized tools for analytics and machine learning on Exascale scientific computing platforms.

Phil Hofer
Phil Hofer
Chief Architect

Phil is a recovering physicist with a passion for compilers and high-performance computing. His professional software career began after publishing a few successful open source libraries that are used by a number of major cloud enterprises. Most recently before joining Sneller, Phil was running an independent software engineering consulting business.

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