Joyent, the private cloud infrastructure service provider, has named Henry Wasik as chief executive officer and unveiled a new version of its infrastructure management software called Joyent7. Wasik fills the role left vacant by David Young when he left earlier this year. In the interim, Joyent co-founder and CTO Jason Hoffman had filled the role.
Wasik most recently served as the president and CEO of Force10 Networks, which he sold to Dell at a 50 percent premium to the projected IPO range just prior to launching the road show, according to the Joyent release. Prior to Force10, Wasik held roles at Alcatel and DSC Communications. With a new CEO in place and the upgrade to its platform, Joyent is setting itself up for a big play in the infrastructure market in the months ahead, according to Hoffman.
The new management software, while not sexy, gives Joyent the base of tools to create a cloud offering that can span multiple data centers, even those not operated by Joyent. Joyent customers such as Telefonica are offering end-users infrastructure as a service built on their own servers and in their own data centers that run Joyent7. In some cases, the Joyent customer buys the machines and in others Joyent will set up machines that run the Joyent software for the customer.
The end result is that a customer of Telefonica, for example, can now elect to run their applications in Telefonica data centers or in those belonging to Joyent (or any other Joyent7 customer who opens up their infrastructure as a service.) This creates the equivalent of Amazon’s Availability Zones for customers, only one provider doesn’t have to own all the data centers. Clearly, this only has value if Joyent has enough customers of the software or its services who want to join in this global cloud roaming arrangement, but Hoffman is confident that there are enough to provide value to end users already.
Telefonica announced its deployment earlier this week and is one of several service providers customers that Joyent has. Joyent competes against other IaaS providers such as Amazon’s Web Services, but is building a fundamentally different architecture aimed at serving the compute and economic needs of cloud and webscale customers. If you want to see the vision in detail, just watch Hoffman’s video from our Structure:Europe event in October.