A Who’s Who in Global Cloud Computing

At First Distribution, we’re serious about Cloud. We have our very own dedicated Hosting division, it forms a big part of our product and solutions portfolio, and we’re soon to launch a very special venture in this arena.

Based on an article by Business Insider, we thought we’d showcase some of the most important people in the global Cloud Industry when it comes to First Distribution’s vendors.

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Simone Brunozzi

Simone Brunozzi
vCloud Hybrid Service Vice President and Chief Technologist, Hybrid Cloud, VMware

VMware gained a feather in its cloud cap when it hired Simone Brunozzi away from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. Brunozzi was known as one of the faces of Amazon’s cloud, doing a lot public speaking on Amazon’s behalf since 2008. He helped teach the enterprise world what cloud computing was all about.

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Reggie Bradford

Reggie Bradford
Senior Vice President, Product Development, Oracle

Reggie Bradford leads Oracle’s Social Cloud, coming to the job when Oracle acquired the company he founded, Vitrue, for about $300 million in 2012. Social Cloud helps companies use social media for marketing, advertising and interacting with customers.

Chris Leone
Senior Vice President, Oracle Applications Development

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Chris Leone

Oracle is pushing into cloud computing in a big way, revamping all of its apps to deliver them via the cloud, and spending billions acquiring new SaaS companies. Chris Leone senior vice president of development for Oracle’s human resources cloud, and also responsible for Oracle’s Taleo cloud unit. Oracle bought Taleo for $1.9 billion in 2012.

 

 

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Lance Crosby

Lance Crosby
– CEO of IBM SoftLayer

IBM has been beefing up its cloud-computing business like crazy, spending $7 billion on 17 cloud-related acquisitions since 2010. In June 2013, IBM bought Crosby’s company, Dallas-based SoftLayer, for a reported $2 billion, a true feather in IBM’s cap. SoftLayer was said to be the biggest private-website-hosting service at the time. With it, IBM gained a whole bunch of cloud customers, some powerful data centers and SoftLayer’s leadership team, including Crosby.

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Bill Fathers

Bill Fathers
– Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMWare

Although VMware had been selling cloud tech to enterprises for years, it only formed an official cloud-computing business unit to go head-to-head with Amazon about a year ago. Fathers is the man in charge of that group. e came to VMware with plenty of experience in cloud. He was previously president of Savvis, a Web-hosting firm.

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Paul Maritz

Paul Maritz
– CEO, Pivotal

Pivotal is a spin-off company from VMware. Maritz essentially left the CEO job at VMware to run Pivotal. (He did a short stint as chief strategy officer for VMware’s main stakeholder, EMC, between VMware and Pivotal.) Maritz is building Pivotal to be a smarter cloud. Instead of just hosting apps, its emphasis will be “big data” apps, where the goal is to mine the data for insights and information. Prior to running VMware, he launched Pi, bought by EMC, and spent 14 years as a top executive at Microsoft, working on Windows.

* You can read the entire Business Insider article detailing their 39 most important people in the Cloud industry by clicking here.