SIOS & Cloud Computing
A Japanese IT Firm Moving To Silicon Valley
After engaging Nobu Kita and team last August 09′, I’ve decided to join the company and help the team shape their future in Cloud. When I was asked to assess whether SIOS could participate in Cloud and be successful in building a large enterprise cloud business, I first took a look at the assets of the company both in Japan as well as in the US and then in the rest of the world (ROW).
The US presence began with the acquisition of a startup in the High Availability and Disaster and Recovery market, SteelEye Technologies Inc. Looking at SteelEye, the core team resides in Lexington North Carolina. The team’s roots can be tracked as far back as AT&T Bell Labs.
Their main products operating in the application protection (HA) and data replication (DR) spaces for both Linux and Windows (LifeKeeper and DataKeeper respectively). Products are broken down by the following matrix:
SIOS was founded May 23, 1997 and established its business partnership with Red Hat in 2003. That led to it’s move into the public market with an IPO in 2004 with major shareholders including Otsuka Corporation, Nissho Electronics Corp, Fujitsu, NEC, and Hewlett-Packard Japan.
After becoming the No. 1 reseller of Red Hat and No. 1 in providing enterprise Linux solutions in Japan in 2005, it began to expand globally. It acquired SteelEye in 2006 to expand into data center application and data protection. The company acquired Gluegent in 2008 to expand into data center web application development. In 2009 it opened offices in Beijing, China.
In addition to its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, it has offices in the China, the UK, Lexington South Carolina, and San Mateo (Silicon Valley).
SIOS Cloud Initatives
The following represents the SIOS cloud initiatives by cloud category and company geography:
SIOS Cloud Computing – SaaS
SIOS entered into Cloud with it’s investment in Google Apps in 2007 in Japan. Today the company supports over 450K end-users across 140+ enterprises and 28+ universities.
SIOS Cloud Computing – PaaS & IaaS
As part of a strategic initiative, SIOS has committed to investing into a new US operation in Cloud to address opportunities in enterprise data center automation – private Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service. This will take the form of a new US business unit.