Friday's Last Word: Akanda CEO Henrik Rosendahl

Friday's Last Word: Akanda CEO Henrik Rosendahl 

Henrik Rosendahl is the CEO of Akanda, the main contributor of the recently launched OpenStack network orchestration platform, Project Astara. Rosendahl has led Akanda since the company’s founding in 2014. A veteran of enterprise software, Rosendahl was previously the co-founder of CloudVolumes (a virtualization company acquired by VMware in 2014). In all, he has four successful exits including Pancetera Software (to Quantum), Thinstall (also to VMware), and Interse A/S (to ScanJour A/S). Rosendahl also invests and advises startups, including Be My Eyes and Lua. He lives in the Bay Area.

More about Akanda: 

Akanda spun out of DreamHost, which was using the network virtualization technology in its own OpenStack cloud platform. The Akanda team brings together business and technical leaders with deep networking and virtualization backgrounds, including CTO Mark McClain who served as the project team leader for OpenStack Neutron, the top industry choice for 89% of OpenStack networks currently in production. Collectively, Akanda’s founders have sold two virtualization startups to VMware and one storage startup – Inktank – to Red Hat.

What are your plans for Akanda in 2016?

We want to continue to make multi-vendor cloud management easier by using open source software to manage some of the world’s largest OpenStack data centers. There’s a need for more simplified OpenStack networking, and that’s where our focus will be. We also expect to expand our partnerships in 2016.

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