Top 200 Cloud Computing Executives and Experts List, F-J
Here’s a look at the top 200 cloud computing experts and executives working with cloud services providers (CSPs), MSPs and VARs, last names F through J. You can also return to our main Talkin’ Cloud 200 center here.
Fawcett oversees the Arrow Fusion Services initiative, which includes Arrow Fusion Cloud Services. As a value-added distributor, Arrow is striving to connect VARs with vertical market SaaS applications. Arrow has inked a partnership with Terremark, which will host the vertical-market applications for channel partners. Fawcett has also helped Arrow to build a relationship with NetEnrich, the NOC (network operations center) and closet-to-cloud specialist that assists VARs and MSPs.
Flitcroft has been pushing Morristown, N.J.-based Alliant into the cloud services market. The 75-person company is working with Asigra, Ingram Micro Seismic, NetApp and Terremark Worldwide to offer cloud-related services to roughly 1000 end-users.
Shai Fultheim, CEO, ScaleMP. Twitter: @ScaleMP
Fultheim designed the core technology behind ScaleMP’s vSMP Foundation for Cloud, which supports distributed applications as well as large-memory applications within cloud computing infrastructure. Under Fultheim’s leadership, ScaleMP has also built out a partner program for channel partners, ISVs (independent software vendors) and technology partners.
Christopher Furey, Managing Partner and CTO, Virtual Density. Twitter: @chrisfurey
Furey is just getting started on Twitter. And Virtual Density is a small but rapidly growing solutions provider in the cloud. The company is working on multiple cloud and virtualization platforms — including Amazon Simple Storage Service, Rackspace, Vembu StoreGrid, VMware and Zenith Infotech. Virtual Density is a four-person company but keep an eye on their efforts: Cloud-related revenues essentially tripled from 2009 to 2010, according to our Talkin’ Cloud 50 survey.
A cloud company with a successful channel partner program? Fuller is building that very model at Rackspace. During the Rackspace Partner Leadership Summit in October 2010, Fuller said Rackspace’s channel bookings had grown 218 percent year over year. Also, the company has about 2,000 active partners.
Tom Gelson, CEO, Nine Technology. Twitter: @ninetechnology
Gelson leads yet another example of an online backup specialist working closely with the channel. Forsythe Solutions Group Inc., a well-known integrator, has been kicking Nine Technology’s tires and seems to like the ride. And Forsythe isn’t alone. Nine Technology’s recurring cloud-related revenues went from zero in 2009 to yada, yada, yada in 2010. (A polite way of saying we’ve seen the impressive figure but can’t publish it.) More than 3,000 clients have embraced the Nine Technology platform in the past year or so, according to our Talkin’ Cloud 50 survey.
1. Craig Guice, CEO and Co-founder, outsourceIT. Twitter: Got a Twitter Handle, Craig?
Guice and his business partner, Mark Vliet, built one of the most successful MSPs on the U.S. east coast. Now, they are focused on an aggressive cloud services push. The latest move: Merging with GoBeyondIT, a cloud services provider built by Richard Crane and David Webb.
Goodson has positioned BCG Systems to promote a range of well-known cloud solutions from Mozy, Trend Micro and Zenith Infotech. But the company seems to be carving out a niche for itself in the SaaS market — promoting Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Although BCG’s cloud revenues are relatively small… keep an eye on the company — since cloud revenues quadrupled in 2010 vs. 2009, according to our Talkin’ Cloud 50 survey.
No doubt, Secure ITnet is a relatively small player in the cloud computing ecosystem. But Herbst has energized Secure ITnet’s cloud-related revenue growth. Indeed, 2010 cloud revenues grew seven times larger in 2010 vs. 2009, and the company’s cloud computing customer base now tops 40 companies — up from five in 2009, according to the Talkin’ Cloud 50 survey, which ends March 31, 2011.
Dan Holt, CEO, HEIT. Twitter: @goheit
Sure, Dan Holt and the HEIT team are best known for managed services in the financial vertical. But HEIT was one of the first companies to fill out the Talkin’ Cloud 50 Survey — which tracks the world’s top VARs and MSPs within the cloud. For 2009, roughly 2,000 end-users leveraged HEIT’s cloud services. By the end of 2010, that figure skyrocketed to 8,000 end-users, HEIT says. Some of the growth surely comes from HEIT’s merger with Simply-Webb. But the growth is nonetheless impressive.
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David J. Jilk, CEO and co-founder, Standing Cloud. Twitter: @Standing_Cloud
Jilk is CEO and co-founder of Standing Cloud, which develops PaaS-based cloud application management services. The company provides an application layer for cloud service providers and technology solution providers. The layer seeks to ease application deployment and management.
That’s the end of F through J. Return to our main Talkin’ Cloud 200 center here to see the rest of the list.