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Former CEO of Gluster says PaaSes need to support multiple stacks and environments — running in house, public clouds, wherever.

Ben Golub
photo: Ben Golub

DotCloud, which was a multi-language PaaS before multi-language PaaSes became all the rage, has a new CEO in Ben Golub. He was formerly president and CEO of Gluster and before that of Plaxo, where he replaced Sean Parker. Gluster, a provider of scale-out storage, sold to Red Hat for $136 million two years ago.

Golub’s big ambitions for PaaS go beyond multiple language support, according to his blog post announcing the move. Developers also want to use multiple stacks, he wrote, and to deploy apps on any hardware.

He continued:

“Operators both inside and outside of the enterprise want to be able to run applications seamlessly. Almost every enterprise wants its own PaaS-like environment. In other words, the industry seems to want not just a multi-language PaaS, but a limitless-language, multi-environment, and multi-enterprise PaaS.”

San Francisco-based dotCloud is the commercial force behind the open-source Docker.io community, which aims to build portable containers out of applications. The goal is to provide an application built on a laptop that can then run in large-scale implementations, on virtual machines, OpenStack clusters, and public clouds, according to the Docker.io web site.

In a statement, dotCloud founder and CTO Solomon Hykes said he got to know Golub when the two worked together on the Docker project. “Ben shares our passion for transforming the industry through open source,” Hykes said.

Hykes founded dotCloud in 2008, and it launched in March 2011 with $10.8 million in Series A and seed funding from Benchmark, Trinity Ventures, Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, Y Combinator and angel investor Ron Conway. It has not raised additional venture capital since then. The company won GigaOM’s inaugural Structure Launchpad competition in June 2011.

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