Prior to founding Apere, Ram had founded and ran Platys communications a leader in IP storage solutions. Platys was acquired by Adaptec in 2001 for $150M. As Vice President and General Manager at Adaptec he managed $240M/year channel and OEM business. Ram also founded and ran Stargate Solutions a leader in Intellectual Property Licensing for Network Processors and Gigabit Ethernet. Ram, a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Computer Engineering, has several patents. Ram is a recognized authority in the technology field, and continues to be an active participant in media discussions and a frequent speaker at industry conferences.