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Praerit Garg

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Praerit Garg is the President and Co-founder of Symform. Garg has established himself as the “father” of distributed storage systems due to the innovative, disruptive technology behind the Symform peer-to-peer netweork. He founded Symform after 12+ years at Microsoft, where he held various engineering leadership positions in the Windows group. More specifically, he was a Senior Director in Microsoft’s Server and Tools division where he built and managed the Dynamic Systems Platform & Tools team. Under his leadership, the team grew form 0 to over 70 people and drove a broad industry initiative to broaden W3C’s XML standards to incorporate modeling enhancements. He is a co-inventor on 14 U.S. and international patents. Praerit holds an M.S in Computer Science from Purdue University and a B.E. from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India.


The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that 25% of businesses do not reopen after a major data loss. Currently, at least 15% of SMBs are doing absolutely no data backup, according to IDC, and 60% are only backing up data on-site. This is because the cloud storage model is broken. Praerit set out to give SMBs access to affordable, secure and high performing data storage solutions. As a result, he built the Symform Cloud Storage Network, the industry’s first peer-to-peer, distributed cloud storage offering. Unlike traditional datacenter-based offerings, the Symform technology encrypts, shreds and geo-distributes data, providing SMBs with the most secure and cost-effective solution on the market. The model allows SMBs to contribute excess local storage in exchange for free cloud storage. Praerit has introduced the only cloud storage solution that can give SMBs up to 200GB of free, secure and effective cloud storage. Currently, a 2TB drive costs about $100 and gets cheaper




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