About StratusWorX

Delivering Much More Than VDI, Without the Complexity

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Removing Barriers to Technology.

Co-founded by two University of Wisconsin-Madison professors in 2014, Stratus Silver Lining began with a vision to empower underserved students with the ability to participate in STEM education and job training programs by removing economic and technological barriers.

In 2016, we released our first commercial platform, Stratus Scholar. In January 2017, we expanded with a Cloud Workspace platform for businesses, and introduced our Zero Touch, Zero Delay paradigm enabling self-provisioning and auto deployment of IT workloads in the Cloud.

Today, operating under the StratusWorX brand, we are a leading-edge Cloud Workspace provider that helps organizations grow through innovative solutions and transformational change. StratusWorX delivers much more than VDI, without the complexity. Cloud Workspace provides a single pane of glass for consuming IT services, including fully managed desktop, infrastructure, software, compute, storage, security and redundancy. And, it’s more agile, more affordable, easier to implement, and more secure than traditional VDI – giving today’s businesses a real competitive edge.


We help businesses enable their workers to remain productive in the office, on the road, or at home, by dramatically increasing efficiency and reducing costs through automation.

Fully Managed

Simplify IT with fully managed IT infrastructure covering public, private & hybrid SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.

Fully Automated

Deploy employee desktops in minutes with ZeroTouch, Zero Delay provisioning of software applications, storage and more.

Cost Effective

Reduce IT spend by 50% or more, on average, compared to traditional IT.

Secure to the Core

Increase security with secure single sign-on enhanced w/ Zero Trust & CAuth, reliability, compliance & workforce flexibility.


Alok Sharma


Alok Sharma is the Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of StratusWorX, a cloud-based SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) company that delivers virtual computing environments for education and business applications with the objective of optimizing IT infrastructure and eliminating the Digital Divide.

Earlier, Alok was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Alliances, at Harris-Stratex, Microwave Division of Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), where he was responsible for leading corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the development of key strategic relationships for the company.

Beginning in June 2004, Alok was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Telsima Corporation, a global provider of 4th Generation (4G) broadband wireless solutions, until it was acquired by Harris-Stratex in February 2009. Prior to Telsima, Alok was Vice President and General Manager of the Worldwide Cable Business at Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) from December 2001 to May 2003.

Before Juniper Networks, Alok was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Broadband Communications which was acquired by Juniper Networks in December 2001. Prior to that, Alok held senior management and technical positions at Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu/Amdahl, Integrated Device Technology and Siara Systems, a metro routing company acquired by Redback/Ericsson. Alok received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holds 7 patents and has authored several articles in leading academic and trade publications.

Suman Banerjee


Suman Banerjee is the Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer of StratusWorX. He also is a Professor in Computer Sciences at UW-Madison where he is the founding director of the WiNGS laboratory which broadly focuses on research in wireless and mobile networking systems. His undergraduate degree is in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a gold medalist in his class. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a winner of the best PhD dissertation from the department in his graduating year.

Suman previously served as the founding CEO of different startups -- WiRover, Inc. in vehicular technologies and Centaur Systems, Inc., an edge-cloud technology company -- and was responsible for generating a cumulative of nearly $1M in funding and revenue across the two companies.

Suman has published more than 100 technical papers in leading conferences and journals in his field, and many of his papers have been given top awards at the conference, such as at ACM MobiCom, ACM CoNEXT, IEEE Dyspan, and others. He has filed more than 25 patents with the US Patent and Trademark Office for numerous inventions in his domain. His research has been recognized with numerous awards. This includes the inaugural Rockstar award for early career achievements in the field of mobile and wireless systems from ACM SIGMOBILE, the leading professional organization in the field, the CAREER award from the US National Science Foundation, and an induction into University of Maryland Computer Science Department's Alumni Hall of Fame. He research has also won the grand prize in the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan competition in 2011 and an award at the Interdigital Innovation Challenge in 2012. As the leader in his field, he served as the Chair of ACM SIGMOBILE, the leading professional organization in mobile and wireless systems, from 2013 to 2017.

TV Rao

Managing director & evp engineering

Trivikrama Rao V received a master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering, and he holds Master of Business Law from National Law School, Bangalore. He is the Managing Director of StratusWorX's Indian entity and Executive Vice President of Engineering responsible for leading R&D team as well as product design and development.

Earlier from 2011 to 2014, he was the Managing Director of Accelera Mobile Broadband Indian entity. Beginning in 2010, he was the Founder and CEO of TelQ Labs, a specialized VoIP, and networking laboratory and he was a lead engineer of Metro Ethernet group in Tejas Networks. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Lead Engineer in Telsima Communications and started WiMAX-based IOT (Interoperability Testing) lab, responsible for initiating IOT with different Mobile Station vendors and certifying the interoperability of the mobile stations with the base stations. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as Senior Engineer, responsible for design and development of WiMAX MAC layer in Tata Elxsi. From 2002 to 2004, he worked as an Engineer in Automation department, Honeywell Technologies and was responsible for Linux kernel optimization and porting.

Bill Placke

EVP Corporate Development & Strategic Alliances

Bill Placke is Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Alliances. Bill brings senior executive experience with more than 25 years in cable, technology and software. He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at an early stage SaaS and network company in Silicon Valley. Prior to this he was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary of a publicly listed digital media company. Bill has served in executive positions for the network operators Charter Communications and Liberty Global

Bill began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Roberts, Sheridan & Kotel in New York (now Dickstein, Shapiro) and Clifford Chance, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world. Bill has served on the Board of Directors of companies in the US, Netherlands, UK, Ireland and France.

Dan Foster


Dan Foster is Chief Revenue Officer responsible for driving go-to-market strategies, maximizing revenue growth and overall marketing leadership to build the brand into the various markets worldwide. Dan brings to StratusWorX more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in technology and data communications. Prior to joining Stratus, Dan served as President and Chief Operating Officer at MegaPath, a leading provider of cloud communications and managed services in North America. Dan also had overall revenue responsibility at SolarCity, now Tesla Energy, where he owned all distribution channels for commercial, residential and government. Earlier, Dan served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Phoenix Networks, which he sold to MegaPath, and Vice President of Strategy & Consumer Markets at Rhythms.

Dan’s career started at Analysis Group / Integral where he helped build a leading international consulting firm working for Global 1000 clients and became a partner managing growth and operations consulting engagements. Dan received dual engineering and liberal arts degrees from Tufts University and graduated from Harvard Business School's Executive PMD program.

Alex Tate

EVP Customer support

Alex Tate is Executive Vice President of Customer Support Organization. Alex brings over 20 years of experience in designing, deploying & supporting high-performance and reliable IT infrastructure solutions for Fortune 500 companies, including CenturyLink, CitiBank and Washington University School of Medicine. Most recently, he led the successful development of cloud platform, spanning public, hosted and private clouds, capable of supporting IT workloads of nearly 50,000 employees and 20,000 contractors at CenturyLink. In his earlier positions, Alex was also responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance conforming to standards including HIPAA, NIST, PCI DSS, DISA and EU-GDPR.

Alex received his undergraduate degree from Lincoln University, Missouri, and holds multiple industry certifications covering VMWare, Docker, CompTIA Cybersecurity, Microsoft MCSE, Citrix, AWS SysOPs and Nutanix.

Pasha Mohammed


Pasha Mohammed is our Chief Product Officer responsible for Product Strategy, Product Management & Marketing. Pasha has more than 20 years of proven success in building and transforming global and national businesses through innovative product portfolios, effective marketing operations and value driven business solutions while delivering top-line growth and bottom line business outcome.

Pasha has a diverse background in cloud, network, security, voice, video, software and IT services technologies. Prior to joining StratusWorX, Pasha served as SVP of Product Strategy & Development for CenturyLink driving the product innovation and business transformation. Prior to that he was VP of Product Management for MegaPath where he was responsible for the Managed services and Access services portfolio. Prior to MegaPath, he held leadership roles at various industry leaders in Telecommunications, Pharma and Financial industries.


Sudhir Ispahani


Sudhir Ispahani is the founder and CEO of Alpha Global Partners LLC. He serves on numerous boards and is an investor in emerging technology firms in Silicon Valley and around the World. Previously, he was the CTO and Chairman of the Technology Board for Liberty Global, United Pan European Communications and Chello Broadband.

In these roles, Sudhir led the implementation of triple play services serving 15 million subscribers across Liberty Global Europe and its affiliated subsidiaries. He led the architecture, engineering and operations efforts to establish broadband video, voice and high-speed Internet across Europe. Sudhir was the first founding President of EuroCableLabs, the center for certification of emerging technology and development of standards for digital broadband technologies in Europe.

He has been recognized with the Euro 50 award for the top 50 European executives (2003), and also the European Cable & Communications Association Award (2005). Prior to Liberty, Sudhir served as Executive Director at MCI (WorldCom). Sudhir completed his undergraduate in electronics and telecommunications and completed his postgraduate work at The Institute of Telecommunications, Vienna, Austria.

Lawrence Cunningham


Lawrence Cunningham is a chaired professor of business law at George Washington University, lecturing on its main campus in Washington DC and directing its programs in New York City, which he founded. Larry is best known for collaborating with Warren Buffett in self-publishing, since 1997, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, as well as for books such as The AIG Story (with Hank Greenberg) and Quality Investing (with AKO Capital). He consults for corporations and boards on corporate culture and governance, serving a wide range of public and private companies.

Larry is a director of Ashford Hospitality Prime (NYSE), Constellation Software (TSX), and Pearl West Group, a private investment company. He is a member of the Dean's Council of Lerner College of Business of the University of Delaware and on the Editorial Board of the Museum of American Finance. Previous positions include practicing corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Academic Dean of Boston College Law School; and Director of the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance.

Robert Mansfield


Robert Mansfield has a long history of leadership in Australia, including as Chief Executive of Optus Communications, and non-executive Chairman of Telstra Corporation. As Founding CEO of Optus, Mansfield grew Australia's second largest telecommunications carrier to an organization with over 4,000 staff, annualized revenue of $ 1.8 billion and a break-even profit position. In 2000, he was honored with an Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian business and economic development, and to the telecommunications industry.

Mansfield's experience extends beyond telecommunications and includes several senior roles at other leading Australian firms including: Chairman of McDonalds Australia, Chief Executive at John Fairfax Holdings, and a range of other companies including, Lilypak, Sunbeam/Victa and Wormald International. Mansfield has also held several senior advisory positions within the Federal Government of Australia including the Operating Charter of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and consultant to the Prime Minister's office, as Major Projects Facilitator and Strategic Investment Coordinator.

Mansfield holds a bachelor's degree in commerce (accounting) from the University of New South Wales, Kensington, is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Accountants and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (FCPA).

Meena Elliott


Meena Elliott serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary of Aviat Networks. Most recently she served as the Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary overseeing the legal affairs of the Company. She has over 20 years of domestic and international legal and business management experience in the private and public sector.

Ms. Elliott joined Aviat in March 2006 as the Division Counsel for Harris Corporation's Microwave Communications Division. The company merged with Stratex Networks in 2007 to form Harris Stratex now Aviat Networks. Prior to joining the Microwave Communications Division, she was a chief counsel at the Department of Commerce. Previously, she worked at XM Satellite Radio. She began her career as an attorney with Energizer where she also served as Director, International Counsel. She earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and Juris Doctorate and masters of business administration degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt


Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt is one of the main inventors and industry drivers of wireless technology i.e. GSM and mobile broadband 3G and 4G LTE. He is the former global CTO and Senior VP at Ericsson, where he worked from 1978 from to 2010. He was heading R&D for the company during the 15 period when Ericsson innovated and developed wireless technologies such as GSM, 3G and Bluetooth. His expertise and leadership drove the development of advanced wireless technologies into the Internet and broadband era. He is widely recognized for his contributions to the GSM standard and he was pioneering the work for 3G UMTS and later to include 4G LTE. He is also the former CTO and Senior VP of Sony Mobile , where he was leading the technology transition of the company into Android smartphones during 2010-2013.

Dr. Uddenfeldt was inducted into the American Wireless Hall of Fame in 2014 and has received many prestigious awards for his contributions to the wireless industry e.g. the German Eduard Rhein award (1997), the Swedish Royal Academy of engineering sciences Gold Medal (2005), the Japanese C&C Prize (2014).

He is currently active in Silicon Valley as an independent Senior Advisor and Board Member both to multi-billion dollar companies and to startup companies in technology fields ranging from novel display technologies to big data analytics software.

Bob Faught


Mr. Faught is President of RKF International, a corporate advisory company. He currently sits on the board of Kansas City-based SmartHome Ventures, a private-equity-backed company he founded that has developed a worldwide platform for IoT (Internet of Things) products. He is also a Board Advisor for TROC, a Miami-based company focused on the sales, marketing and merchandising of consumer products within the retail environment for cable, broadband, wireless and home security products. He is a member of the ToughBuilt Board of Directors, a public corporation based in Lake Forest, CA, selling construction and communications products and accessories to retailers, military and international partners.

From 2003-2013, Mr. Faught was the Senior Vice President of Consumer Channels for Philadelphia-based Comcast. He created an industry-leading organization of retail, digital marketing and retail store-within-a-stores through a series of acquisitions and innovative solutions selling and marketing cable, broadband, telephone, wireless and home security, resulting in a $4.5BB division. He negotiated the industry's first extensive retail contracts, generating distribution in over 10,000 retail stores nationwide. He represented the cable industry as the Chairman of the Consumer/Retail Committee for CTAM, the cable industry's Washington DC-based public interest arm.

From 2001-2003, Mr. Faught was the President and CEO of Atlanta-based Enrev Power Solutions. He was recruited by the Board to grow revenues and position the firm for a favorable IPO. He built, trained and led a high-performing, cross-functional management team of Sales, Marketing, Finance and R&D, and IT personnel.

In 1998, Mr. Faught was recruited by the Chairman of Philips Electronics to be the President of the Americas Region. He was brought in to lead a turnaround and assume accountability for North and South America. He increased distribution and sales of several lines of consumer electronic products, which led to a $3.0BB joint venture with Lucent Technologies. In addition, Mr. Faught directed a team of 25 senior managers and 12,000 employees, oversaw manufacturing of product in Guadalajara, Mexico, and traveled extensively to source European goods and expand the product portfolio. He also sat on Tom Wheeler’s (FCC Chairman) CTIA board in Washington.

Prior to 1998, Mr. Faught worked in Los Angeles for L.A. Cellular and in Atlanta for Bell South Cellular, where he managed Consumer Sales and Marketing. Prior experience also includes leading Atari and Activision in senior sales and marketing roles.

Mr. Faught has a BA degree in Communication from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Here What Our Customers Are Saying.

"A game-changing approach to SMB adoption of cloud technologies to save money, increase security and promote anywhere productivity of a dispersed workforce.”

Senior Vice President
Tier 1 US Service Provider

“An innovative approach to solve the jitter, latency and user-unfriendly nature of Remote Desk. We love the simple interface and setting everything up in under 30 minutes.”

Vice President of Products
Fortune 100 Cable Operator

"This opens the door to technology for many underprivileged students in our remote territory. Now these kids can learn and compete with the rest of the world."

State Government Official
US State/Territory

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