Cloud Computing Update: Sun Elevates Business, Makes Senior Moves and Hires New CTO
By Nicole Maloney on Sep 04, 2008
kicked off the new fiscal year in July 2008 with moves designed to
elevate and propel its Network.com business into the clouds. Sun's powerful and efficient breadth of systems,
storage and software offerings are ideal for building out
datacenters and clouds. Sun's current Network.com offering based on
the Sun Grid project will evolve in the coming months and year.
Starting in July, the Network.com organization has seen a number of changes. First, David Douglas was named Senior Vice President of Network.com, and is now the head of Sun's cloud computing initiative. The group now reports directly to CEO Jonathan Schwartz, and Douglas sits on Schwartz's staff. Finally, Douglas recently announced the addition of two more executives to the Network.com team. The first is Ingrid Van Den Hoogen, Sun's Senior Vice President of Brand, Global Communications & Integrated Marketing, who will be adding the Network.com marketing, adoption and business strategy to her responsibilities. The second is Lew Tucker, who was hired in August as the Vice President and CTO of Sun's Cloud Computing initiative.
In announcing Tucker in his new role, Douglas noted, "Lew's career has been focused on scalable computing and web development. He spent much of the '90s at Sun and contributed to the explosive growth of Java and growing Sun's presence on the Internet. In 2002, Lew joined Salesforce.com and led the design and implementation of App Exchange, which remains one of the largest cloud computing success stories to date. After Salesforce.com, Lew was CTO at Radar Networks, where he focused on the scalable design and build out of its semantic web service. With this background, Lew brings a unique combination of technical experience and past success in Sun, which will be a great asset to the Network.com team."
Commenting on the overall organizational changes, Douglas said, "We continue to see huge potential in the cloud space, and I'm very pleased about the team we've put together to further extend our reach in it."
Vice President and CTO of Sun's Cloud Computing Initiative Lew Tucker