Former HP and MCI Exec to Lead Cisco Cloud

Michael Capellas, the former CEO of both Compaq and MCI, has taken the helm of the joint venture between Cisco (s csco), and EMC Corp. (s emc) — dubbed Acadia — which was created last year to help the two companies along with VMware (s vmw) market a unified computing system composed of Cisco servers, VMware’s software and EMC’s storage gear. Capellas will become CEO of Acadia, which is also funded by an investment from Intel (s intc) and VMware, and will lead all aspects of the Virtual Computing Environment coalition.

Capella’s background at Compaq — he sold the company to HP (s hpq) and stuck around to integrate the two businesses — as well as his experience in the telecommunications world make him a strong candidate to integrate the disparate products of the three companies, and to sell the elements of a modular, pre-packed cloud computing platform to large hosting providers and the telcos’ managed services businesses.

In the face of the network and computing converging (GigaOM Pro, sub req’d), Acadia was formed to change the dynamics of selling gear to folks who want to provide the cloud. Instead of selling the individual server, software, networking and storage components, the strategy is to sell a pre-configured Vblock. With his feet in both the computing and networking world, Capellas makes a good choice to lead the effort. He will report to John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco, and Joe Tucci, chairman and CEO of EMC.