Pepperdata: The Real-Time Cloud Cost Optimization Company

Pepperdata was founded over a decade ago to solve big data performance problems: how do you keep big data systems running optimally when the big data gets really big? What started as a prototype built in a Silicon Valley basement is now the only cloud cost optimization solution that delivers dynamic cost savings—continuously and in real-time—on Amazon EMR and Amazon EKS with no application changes or manual tuning required.

Pepperdata Capacity Optimizer was developed and tuned by founding Hadoop engineers and cloud experts from Yahoo, Google, and Netflix and has been hardened in some of the world’s largest and most demanding compute environments. Pepperdata’s Continuous Intelligent Tuning keeps these highly sophisticated and complex data clusters perfectly in balance. And no other company delivers Pepperdata’s combination of real-time, continuous, autonomous, and scalable compute cost optimization.

Pepperdata’s customers include top enterprises such as Citibank, Autodesk, Royal Bank of Canada, and those in the Fortune 5. Learn how you, too, can extract the most from your large-scale analytics infrastructure with Pepperdata.

Pepperdata Leadership

Big data doesn’t make decisions, leaders do.

Pepperdata CEO Ash Munshi

Ash Munshi
Company Executive Officer

Before joining Pepperdata, Ash was executive chairman for Marianas Labs, a deep learning startup sold in December 2015. Prior to that, he was CEO for Graphite Systems, a big data storage startup that was sold to EMC DSSD in August 2015. Ash also served as CTO of Yahoo, as a CEO of both public and private companies, and is on the board of several technology startups. Ash attended Harvard University, Brown University, and Stanford University. Ash also serves as Pepperdata’s Chairman of the Board.

Dan Marx

Dan Marx
Vice President, Sales

Dan Marx joined Pepperdata in 2014. Dan brings deep expertise in complex enterprise sales, including more than a decade in big data and analytics at Cloudwick, WANdisco, and Zettaset. Dan has a BBA in marketing from the Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Joel Stewart | VP of customer success

Joel Stewart
Vice President, Customer Success

Joel is passionate about customers and distributed systems. He joined Pepperdata in 2018 with over 10 years experience in customer service for enterprise software companies. Combining his expertise in technology and his passion for customer success, he leads our support and services teams. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a focus on distributed computing from Westmont College.

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Chaitanya Patel
Director of Engineering

Chaitanya Patel has driven engineering outcomes at Pepperdata since 2015. By working on various products and projects across the Pepperdata stack, Chaitanya has developed a deep experience that enables him to bring insight to the continual evolution and expansion of Pepperdata products. Formerly at NetApp, he worked on High Availability (HA), Synchronous Disaster Recovery (DR), and RAID for NetApp’s scale-out and flash storage arrays. Chaitanya holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Board Members

We partner with some of the brightest minds in technology to support a common goal: help our customers get the most out of their big data analytics investment.

Pepperdata CEO Ash Munshi

Ash Munshi
Chairman of the Board

Before joining Pepperdata, Ash was executive chairman for Marianas Labs, a deep learning startup sold in December 2015. Prior to that, he was CEO for Graphite Systems, a big data storage startup that was sold to EMC DSSD in August 2015. Ash also served as CTO of Yahoo, as a CEO of both public and private companies, and is on the board of several technology startups. Ash attended Harvard University, Brown University, and Stanford University.

Pepperdata Investor McLean

James McLean
Founder at Silicon Valley Data Capital

Jim is the founder of Silicon Valley Data Capital and a co-founder of Silicon Valley Data Science. Previously, he was a Venture Partner at Crosslink Capital and has Board seats at Ayla, Coraid (observer), and 365 Main. Prior to joining Crosslink, Jim was the head of US investing for 3i Ventures, a global venture capital fund. Jim’s track record in the venture industry spans nearly two decades with experience at several of the industry’s leading firms. Before 3i, he was a Partner at ComVentures. Previously, he was a founder of Bedrock Capital Partners where he led the Information Technology practice. Prior to Bedrock, he served as a Partner at Highland Capital Partners and as an Associate at Accel Partners.

Linus Liang

Linus Liang
Partner at Signia Ventures

Linus Liang is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in technology and medical devices. He most recently co-founded a company called Embrace, a social enterprise that develops and distributes a low-cost infant incubator for developing countries. Unlike traditional incubators that cost up to $20,000, the Embrace Infant Warmer costs about 1% of this price and works without a constant supply of electricity. He has spent the last five years living in India and China scaling the company, which has now helped over 150,000 babies in 11 different countries. Prior to Embrace, Linus founded several software companies in the mobile and social networking space — the last one resulting in an acquisition by Zynga. Linus has also worked in the corporate sector as a Program Manager at Microsoft, a database researcher at IBM, and on the investment team at Andreessen Horowitz. Linus graduated with a B.A. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Peter Wagner

Peter Wagner
Founding Partner at Wing Venture Capital

Peter is a Founding Partner of Wing. He has led investments in dozens of early stage companies, more than 25 of which have gone on to complete IPOs or successful acquisitions. Before founding Wing, Peter helped lead Accel Partners for 15 years as Managing Partner. Prior to joining Accel, Peter was a manager at Silicon Graphics, previously worked with McKinsey and Company, and began his career as a physicist working in nuclear fusion research and aerospace. Peter holds an A.B. in Physics from Harvard College, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Pepperdata Investor Greg Costonoa

Greg Sands
Founder and Managing Partner at Costanoa Ventures

An early-stage investor for over 20 years, Greg helps startups analyze and interpret early signals to identify and leverage the most valuable aspects of their solution. As Managing Director at Costanoa, Greg is focused on investing in the next generation of great enterprise technology companies. Prior to founding Costanoa, Greg was a Managing Director at Sutter Hill focusing on early-stage, enterprise technology investments, including Merced Systems, AllBusiness, Quinstreet, Feedburner and Youku.


We partner with the technology leaders focused on the Modern Enterprise, an agile workplace built on data and powered by AI.

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Costonoa Ventures has helped hundreds of startups go to market, achieve product-market-fit, and become successful. They focus on early-stage companies because it’s where they have the most impact. They invest mostly in SaaS infrastructure and marketplaces because they believe they change how business gets done.

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Signia Venture Partners Signia Venture Partners is a unique early-stage venture fund dedicated to helping passionate entrepreneurs build impactful, world-changing, and iconic companies. Signia operates as co-founders and investors in five key areas: mobility, enterprise, education, e-commerce, and data and in new disruptive technologies.

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The SVD Capital team represents four generations of enterprise technology investment professionals including venture investors, c-level executives, senior advisors, serial entrepreneurs, and founders. Today, we apply the lessons we’ve learned from these environments to systematically design, test, build, and invest in positive experiences that help you maximize your potential and that of those around you.

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WIN’s goal is to invest in companies that aim to change the world, particularly in the fields of cloud computing, enterprise software, mobile, marketplaces, e-commerce, crowdsourcing, and consumer Internet.

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Wing Venture Partners is a venture capital firm specializing in investments in seed/start-ups, early stage, and growth capital. It prefers to invest in business technology companies operating in enterprise, cloud computing, mobility, mobile technology, and data technology areas.

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Pepperdata Provides Operational and Infrastructure Cost Saving

“The product is super easy to manage, and we always had a great experience with Pepperdata support. I highly recommend this solution for anyone who would like to explore infrastructure and operations cost saving/optimization.”

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