Cloud management platform provider ServiceMesh announced on Wednesday it has named Shawn Douglass the company’s chief technology officer.
Douglass has 15 years of experience defining strategy and investments in the enterprise IT sector.
The growing complexity of cloud computing and particularly the coexistence of private, hybrid, and public cloud systems and infrastructures has created an inherent need for effective cloud management tools like ServiceMesh.
These tools help provide a flexible and scalable solution, which web hosting and cloud companies can offer their own customers.
ServiceMesh CEO Eric Pulier recently discussed the importance of cloud management, how the cloud operating model will soon eliminate vendor lock-in, and how cloud management is pushing innovation in the industry forward.
In recent years, Douglass has contributed to the emerging enterprise cloud operating model, particularly in his role as managing director of EMC Ventures.
“Shawn Douglass has been at the hub of an industry in transition to the modern data center,” said Eric Pulier, CEO at ServiceMesh. “Our mutual interest in helping transform and mature the IT industry, coupled with Shawn’s successful track record in steering technical strategy, make him a strong and natural fit for ServiceMesh and our enterprise customers. We look forward to working with Shawn to further accelerate ServiceMesh’s leading position in the enterprise market.”
As CTO of ServiceMesh, Douglass will oversee a wide range of technology-driven activities at ServiceMesh including developing strategy, applying market and customer insights, and advancing key partnerships.
Douglass served for over 10 years at EMC, starting as director of partner engineering, as well as senior director advanced technology ventures for the Office of the CTO, before he evantually took on the role of managing director for EMC Ventures.
Prior to EMC, Douglass worked at Digital Island and Loud Cloud/Opsware where he helped empower their IPOs.
He has served on the board of directors and as chairman of the technical steering committee for the Enterprise Grid Alliance, and was on the Joyent board of directors as the EMC Observer.
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