OK…Private Cloud is Mainstream (Private IaaS is commodity)

Over my Sunday morning coffee at Starbucks, I was in the middle of accepting a Linkedin connection request (disclosure…I invested in Linkedin…it’s like “crack” for me in my everyday biz…and not doing too bad at $7B+ market cap)…and THERE IT WAS. Yeap, the sign that the Private IaaS market has hit mainstream (or commodity depending on how you look at it).

Screen shot 2011-06-05 at 11.39.58 AMThere is was, an add to “Build your cloud for free” by Onapp, a cloud hosting software platform (aka private cloud stack) spun off from the technology behind VPS.NET, a CSP (Cloud Hosting Provider)…which is a whole other discussion.

Many offerings from vendors like OpenStack, Cloud.com, Enomoly, EucalyptusSurgient, Abiquo, VCloud Director, etc. have been paving the way for private cloud software automation for over two years now.

Eucalyptus (originating from my old UCSB  alma mater) is claiming over 25,000 private cloud installations (with over 200,000 open source downloads). Marten Mickos, CEO, seems to be doing it….from his experience at MySQL for over seven years. The “MYSQL of Private Cloud” has been born.

Back to OnApp…


With a framework much like the others, OnApp provides a stack which allows you to build a virtual compute, storage, and network environment which scales much like public IaaS offerings (like Amazon Web Service)….on-demand infrastructure within your own datacenter.

Is there room for another cloud stack? I realize that OnApp has operational experience from powering VPS.NET….so why not!!! In a market where the peak of hype is past, companies actually see the benefit, and money is being spent….bring it on!

Next phase….consolidation 😉

Jim Kaskade

Jim Kaskade is a serial entrepreneur & enterprise software executive of over 36 years. He is the CEO of Conversica, a leader in Augmented Workforce solutions that help clients attract, acquire, and grow end-customers. He most recently successfully exited a PE-backed SaaS company, Janrain, in the digital identity security space. Prior to identity, he led a digital application business of over 7,000 people ($1B). Prior to that he led a big data & analytics business of over 1,000 ($250M). He was the CEO of a Big Data Cloud company ($50M); was an EIR at PARC (the Bell Labs of Silicon Valley) which resulted in a spinout of an AML AI company; led two separate private cloud software startups; founded of one of the most advanced digital video SaaS companies delivering online and wireless solutions to over 10,000 enterprises; and was involved with three semiconductor startups (two of which he founded, one of which he sold). He started his career engineering massively parallel processing datacenter applications. Jim has an Electrical and Computer Science Engineering degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in semiconductor design and computer science; and an MBA from the University of San Diego with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and finance.