Hosting Veterans William Toll and Clint Miller Join New Cloud Hosting Firm ProfitBricks as US VPs

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After releasing what it calls a “second-generation” infrastructure as a service cloud computing product in the US in July, new cloud hosting venture ProfitBricks announced on Thursday that it has named hosting industry veterans William Toll and Clint Miller its vice-presidents of marketing and sales, respectively, for the US market.

Started in 2010 by Achim Weiss and Andreas Gauger, the founders of web hosting giant 1&1 Internet, ProfitBricks is a new entrant to the IaaS cloud market. The company frames its offering as an evolution of the currently-available cloud hosting technology, engineered in-house and marked in particular by more flexible vertical scaling – an individual virtual machine can scale up to 48 cores, and back down. It also boasts high-performance infiniband throughout its infrastructure, a graphical UI for designing virtual data centers and a simple, transparent pricing model.

The addition of Toll and Miller to the team coincide pretty closely with the full release of the ProfitBricks cloud hosting product in the US, which came two weeks ago during HostingCon.

Toll is a hosting veteran of more than 15 years, according to the press release announcing the appointments, a well-known industry presence on social media (as well as an occasional contributor to the WHIR blogs – one whose bio we evidently need to update) who has held senior marketing positions at major hosting brands including Intermedia and NaviSite, as well as most recently with website performance company Yottaa.

Toll was also a presenter at HostingCon, and discussed his marketing presentation, “Energize and Incentivize Your Employee Brand Ambassadors” in a Q&A with the WHIR during the weeks leading up to the event (credited as a “consultant,” presumably during the transition between Yottaa and ProfitBricks).

“ProfitBricks is the first true second-generation cloud company,” says Toll, quoted in the release. “I’m very fortunate to become part of this forward-thinking team, the same team that built 1&1 Internet into a global powerhouse. If you look under the hood today, after two years of engineering from the ground up, you’ll see class leading compute, storage and networking architectures which enable more flexibility, and greater performance at lower price points than anything available in the cloud IaaS market today. It’s a real breakthrough.”

Miller has led sales teams in hosting or closely related businesses throughout his career – most recently as carrier sales manager for Global Crossing. He was also VP of US sales at video infrastructure solutions company Blackwave, and previously worked in managed hosting sales for Digital Island and AT&T.

“The introduction of ProfitBricks’ IaaS offering has turned the industry on its head, and that is reflected in the build out of the company’s sales team,” says Miller, also quoted in the release.

Talk back: Are you familiar with ProfitBricks yet? Does an IaaS service with a lot of hosting industry management experience have an advantage? Do today’s appointments improve the company’s chances for success? Let us know in the comments section.

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