Microsoft Cloud and Virtualization Chief Leaves for SaaS Startup
Former Microsoft Director of Virtualization & Cloud Strategy Dave Greschler has left the company to co-found PaperShare, a SaaS startup that aims to provide a white paper-based social network, along with virtualization expert Douglas Brown. During his tenure at Microsoft, Greschler oversaw the development and debut of the Hyper-V hypervisor, taking it from nothing to the No. 2 spot in the virtualization market, behind VMware.
First off, a tip of the hat to Colin Steele at IT Knowledge Exchange for breaking the story. Steele confirms that Edwin Yuen, who also came over to Microsoft with Greschler when it bought their startup Softricity in 2006, will be taking over the vacated post of cloud strategy chief.
PaperShare, in its current form, aims to connect cloud and virtualization pros with white papers posted by friends and colleagues, enabling the sharing of knowledge. It’s building on the expertise and audience garnered by Brown’s popular virtualization blog DABCC.com. Eventually, the offering will be expanded to systems integrators and other IT shops that want to give this kind of functionality to their clients.
Greschler’s departure from Microsoft is far less dramatic than that of cloud sales specialist Matt Miszewski, who was the subject of a lawsuit when he allegedly tried to bring Redmond’s secret strategies with him over to competitor Salesforce.com. All the same, I’m wondering if the appointment of Yuen will lead to any noticeable changes in Microsoft’s cloud play.