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OpenStack player Nebula brings networking vet in as CEO

Nebula, the cloud infrastructure company created by OpenStack pioneer Chris Kemp, now has a new CEO in Gordon Stitt. Kemp, who had been CEO, will remain on as chief strategy officer and a director.

Nebula's new CEO Gordon Stitt and founder Chris Kemp.
Nebula’s new CEO Gordon Stitt and founder Chris Kemp.

Kemp said the company has done well getting its product — a hardware controller that sits atop servers — out. The sales pitch is that this controller brings plug-and-play OpenStack-based private clouds into existing shops.

Select customers include Xerox PARC(s xrx) and Translational Genomics Research Institute — ¬†and now’s the time to ramp up sales and go-to-market. Stitt, a veteran of the networking wars having founded Network Peripherals and then Extreme Networks(s extr) and taking them public, is the guy for that, Kemp said in an interview.

Stitt sounded excited to be at a small but growing venture. “I did start two companies with 3 employees and they grew to 1,200,” he said in an interview. “The really fun time is in the 0 to 250 range when everything is fast paced, there’s lots of innovation and lots of dealing directly with customers.”

Nebula has about 75 employees.

For more from Kemp, on VMware’s cloud prospects and why OpenStack consolidation is good, check out this Structure Show podcast.