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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Peter Bauer, CEO of Mimecast (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 21st 2014

We don’t often see significant global cloud technology companies being built out of London. Mimecast is an exception and is likely to go public in the near term. This conversation highlights the activities of a major player in the cloud-based enterprise email system space.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to Mimecast and yourself.

Peter Bauer: I’m the CEO and co-founder of Mimecast. I’m originally from South Africa but moved to the UK in 2002. I set up Mimecast, which is headquartered in London, with my co-founder who is also a South African. The business today has grown to an >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 7th 2014

If you are confused about the cloud file storing and sharing space, this interview with Vineet Jain should throw some light on the dynamics of the industry.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Egnyte.

Vineet Jain: I’m the CEO and co-founder of Egnyte – a company that I started back in 2008 with three others. We started Egnyte with a very simple idea. We were trying to replace a physical file server with something that was multi-tenanted and hosted without the realization that we were building a cloud play. We actually called the product an on-demand file server. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Steve Knipple, CTO of EasyStreet (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 3rd 2014

Steve Knipple lays out a clear picture of the managed cloud infrastructure-as-a-service space, including a great pointer to open problems that customers are asking for solutions to. Cloud entrepreneurs, take note.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as EasyStreet.

Steve Knipple: I’m the Chief Technology Officer of EasyStreet Corporation based out of Beaverton, Oregon. We’re a company in transition right now. We have been in business for about 20 years and we have followed the technological trends and improved >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Sebastian Stadil, CEO of Scalr (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jun 26th 2014

This discussion explores how cloud entrepreneurs can identify open problems and opportunities that warrant building a new business.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about yourself as well as introduce our audience to Scalr.

Sebastian Stadil: I’m the founder of many things, among which is the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group, which is a cloud computing user group that has a little over 8,000 members. We meet every month to discuss technology and industry challenges. I’m also the founder of Scalr, which offers an open source enterprise cloud management platform to over 700 customers. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Ajit Gupta, CEO of Aryaka Networks (Part 1)

Posted on Sunday, Jun 22nd 2014

Ajit Gupta is one of the world experts in the domain of networking, in general, and content acceleration, in particular. Prior to Aryaka, which he founded in 2008, he founded Speedera in 1999, and eventually sold it to Akamai for half a billion dollars. Here, Ajit and I discuss the future of the public and private internet.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with introducing our audience to you. Tell us a little bit about your background and also, tell us about Aryaka.

Ajit Gupta: I’m the CEO and Founder of Aryaka Networks. Aryaka is a company based in the optimization space. You can think of us as an intelligent network for the enterprise. Essentially, we bring geographically-dispersed companies together. We make the headquarters talk better with the branch offices in much faster and simpler ways. This is all done in the, so-called, cloud. We have points of presence around the world. Enterprises connect to these locations and then the magic happens within our data centers. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Bob Renner, CEO of Liaison Technologies (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, May 24th 2014

Entrepreneurs in the field of data integration would like to read this interview to get a sense of the state of the union, and identify open opportunities in the field.

Sramana Mitra: Bob, tell us about Liaison Technologies and yourself.

Bob Renner: I’ll tell you a little bit about myself first and then I’ll dive into Liaison. My background is in the technology space. I call myself a technologist by trade. I joined Liaison Technologies almost 15 years ago as a Chief Technology Officer. Then, I moved up from CTO to CEO after being with the company for a couple of years.

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Paul Zolfaghari, President of MicroStrategy (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, May 10th 2014

This interview has a very interesting discussion on the future of user interfaces that interact with data. Read on!

Sramana Mitra: Paul, let’s start with introducing our audience to you as well as to MicroStrategy.

Paul Zolfaghari: I’m Paul Zolfaghari. I’m the president of MicroStrategy. We’re an enterprise software company that’s been in existence for 25 years. We went public in 1998. As an overall background of the company, we are a global company with global operations. We operate directly in 26 countries around the world. We’ve got north of 4,000 customers across a multitude of industries. In 2013, our revenue was just short of $600 million and we consider ourselves the leader in analytics, business >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Codero CEO, Emil Sayegh (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Apr 18th 2014

Cloud hosting, as companies scale, is moving from public cloud to hybrid cloud. More in this discussion.

Sramana Mitra: Emil, tell us about Codero and yourself so that our audience can get to know you a bit.

Emil Sayegh: I’m Emil Sayegh. I’m the CEO and President of Codero. By way of a quick introduction, Codero has been around, as a company, since 1992 in various names. It started as a small corner computer reselling shop in San Diego. Quickly, the Internet came about. They got into shared hosting, domain name registration, and web design. The company grew and evolved into dedicated hosting and managed hosting, and later cloud. In 2006, Catalyst Investors out of New York came and purchased them. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Mar 28th 2014

This conversation takes our coverage of the cloud-based productivity space further.

Sramana Mitra: Mark, let’s introduce our audience to yourself as well as Smartsheet.

Mark Mader: I’m the CEO of Smartsheet. We are a Software-as-a-Service provider that serves about 40,000 businesses today in over 150 countries. The category of solution that we provide is enabling teams and businesses to collaborate on work and projects more effectively. That sounds like a very expansive category but in essence, it is one that is going through tremendous change right now as individuals and companies are trying to figure out how to adjust to working in a networked, cloud-based model. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Lou Guercia, CEO of Scribe Software (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Mar 14th 2014

There is much going on in the small niches of the cloud. Here’s a discussion that highlights some examples.

Sramana Mitra: Lou, let’s introduce our audience to yourself as well as to Scribe Software.

Lou Guercia: Scribe is a software company. We’re a global provider of solutions focused on allowing enterprises to easily bring customer data anywhere it’s needed regardless of the infrastructure – it can be in the cloud or on-premise. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Simon Cooper, CIO of ServicePower (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Mar 7th 2014

The field service industry is heavily impacted by cloud computing. Here’s a short conversation with one of the players.

Sramana Mitra: Simon, let’s introduce our audience to you as well as to ServicePower.

Simon Cooper: My name is Simon Cooper. I’m the CIO of ServicePower. ServicePower has been in the field service management space since the early ‘90s. Originally, we were funded from a research project in Europe as part of ICL Fujitsu to develop artificial intelligence-based algorithms to solve complex scheduling problems. From there, we’ve evolved into a field service management leader. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Bradley Kolb, CEO of nScaled (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 25th 2014

Disaster recovery is moving to the cloud at a fast pace. This interview takes a look at the trend.

Sramana Mitra: Brad, take the lead on introducing nScaled as well as yourself and colleagues on the call.

Bradley Kolb: I’m Bradley Kolb and I’m the CEO of nScaled. Joining me is Ilya Beyer. He’s our CTO. Scott Reynolds is our Director of Marketing. I’m hoping that Mark Jameson, our VP of Sales, will be joining us momentarily. As a brief overview, nScaled is focused on delivering disaster recovery as a service. We deliver that with a fully automated solution. The company was started in 2009 and has built a hub-and-spoke platform that allows customers to perform complex automation workflows with a single click.

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Momchil Michailov, CEO of Sanbolic (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Feb 21st 2014

The cloud infrastructure space is going through a huge upheaval, as it moves from a largely hardware architecture to a primarily software-based model. This discussion digs into the issues and unearths some areas where there are clear opportunities for new entrepreneurs.

Sramana Mitra: Momchil, let us introduce you to our audience. Tell us about who you are. What are you doing?

Momchil Michailov: Thanks for having us. This is Momchil Michailov and I’m one of the co-founders of Sanbolic Inc. I happen to be in Boston today, but we’re both a North American and a European company. A lot of our development is done in Bulgaria in former Eastern Europe. The rest of the company is here in Boston.

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Alastair Mitchell and Andy McLoughlin, Co-Founders of Huddle (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Feb 14th 2014

If you are wondering what is happening to enterprise collaboration as cloud, mobile, and social trends converge, this interview is an in-depth study of one of the most exciting startups in the field.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with introducing our audience to Huddle. Tell us about you guys. Where do you come from? How did you come together? How did Huddle come about?

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Austin McChord, CEO of Datto (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 12th 2014

This interview focuses on some of the bottlenecks facing the cloud services industry in penetrating the SME customer base.

Sramana Mitra: Austin, give us a bit of context about you as well as Datto.

Austin McChord: I started Datto right out of college about seven years ago. Our goal was to provide backup and SaaS recovery in a better way and at a lower cost. With that, we pivoted towards the SMB market space. Now, we provide innovative solutions for businesses on the backup and SaaS recovery front. We go beyond simply recovering data and even go as far as avoiding downtime all together. Our company has grown really fast around that premise. We have  270 employees now and appliances on every continent except Antarctica. We have been experiencing doubling growth every year and I’m excited to continue that.

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