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Cloud.com Launches, Extends Leadership Team and Announces New Funding
Cloud.com, formerly VMOps, today announced it has come out of stealth mode after closing an $11 million Series B round led by new investor Index Ventures.  Current investors Redpoint Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners also participated in this round, bringing the company’s total funding to date to $17.6 million. Led by a management team with extensive experience building startups and well-established technology companies, Cloud.com also today introduced CloudStack™, a comprehensive open source software solution that accelerates the deployment, management and configuration of multi-tier and multi-tenant private and public cloud services for enterprises and service providers. 

Cloud.com is led by CEO Sheng Liang, who founded the company in 2008. Liang has extensive experience in the technology industry and has served in a number of both technical and executive leadership roles. Prior to Cloud.com, Liang co-founded and served as CTO of Teros, which was acquired by Citrix in 2005. Sheng also was a member of the senior management teams at SEVEN Networks and Openwave Systems, and was the lead developer and key contributor to the success of the Java Virtual Machine at Sun.

Recognizing that organizations currently face a daunting task when trying to build their own infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud environments, Cloud.com provides the latest and the most advanced software platform to build highly scalable, highly reliable cloud computing environments. CloudStack seamlessly integrates with existing data center infrastructure without modification, special-purpose hardware or reconfiguration, making it possible for customers to instantly realize the benefits of the cloud.  Through the implementation of common cloud frameworks like the Amazon Web Services API, Citrix Cloud Center™ (C3) and VMware’s vCloud initiative, Cloud.com provides an open environment that interoperates with a user’s existing cloud initiatives, bringing interoperability and extensions to uses existing cloud deployments.

Cloud.com is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the large market opportunity in the emerging cloud management software market,” said Mike Volpi, partner at Index Ventures and new member of the Cloud.com Board of Directors. “The explosive growth in the infrastructure cloud market, the company's team of leading experts on virtualization, open source and infrastructure software, and their rapid customer acquisition strongly positions Cloud.com to be the category leader in the cloud computing market and look forward to working with the management team to take advantage of the massive number of opportunities available." 

The company recently deepened the expertise of its management team with the addition of three new hires.

·         Peder Ulander joins as chief marketing officer bringing more than 15 years of marketing and sales strategy experience. Previously, he was senior vice president of marketing at Sun Microsystems where he managed the Solaris OS team and was responsible for launching Java into the open source market by re-licensing, building a community and launching the open source Java platform. Throughout his career, Ulander has held a number of senior management positions at software companies including MontaVista Software, the largest distributor of Linux for embedded devices, and Cobalt Networks, one of the early open source for networking companies, Cisco and Symantec.

·         Kevin Kluge joins as vice president of engineering and previously served as vice president of engineering at Zimbra, an open source server software provider for email and collaboration, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2007 and sold to VMware in 2009. Prior to Zimbra, Kluge was vice president of engineering at Corvigo, a leading anti-spam provider. Additionally, Kluge has held leadership positions at Openwave Systems, where he led engineering for multiple innovative products including instant messaging, voicemail and multi-media messaging services (MMS), Sun Microsystems and Portola Communications. 

·         Kyle MacDonald joins as chief evangelist having most recently served as vice president of corporate development and strategy for Hosting.com / Wachovia Capital Partners.  Prior to this position, MacDonald held executive leadership positions at Sun Microsystems including leading the Web 2.0, Internet and next generation service providers sector at Sun Microsystems, acquired by Oracle in 2009. MacDonald also held the position of corporate technologist for software and strategic technology at AMD where he helped developed AMD's software strategy and key strategic alliances with companies such as IBM, BEA, Adobe, EMC and Symantec. 

“Addressing the need for scale, quality of service, interoperability and open systems framework, Cloud.com has created a turnkey software stack that enables both enterprises and service providers to easily build and manage infrastructure clouds to accelerate the transformation to this new model of computing," said Liang. "Architecting and deploying cloud infrastructure and services can be complex, time consuming and expensive. Our mission is to provide innovative solutions that simplify deployment, automate management and accelerate an organizations ability to achieve the full potential of the cloud.” 

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Published Tuesday, May 04, 2010 8:31 AM by David Marshall
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