2011: A Year of Work and Growth

By Marten Mickos | December 20, 2011

Thank you for a phenomenal 2011. This has been a year of enacting change, building strength and experiencing growth for Eucalyptus. The year of 2011 started with questions. How big would the market for private cloud software platforms be? Who are the real contenders? What about hybrid clouds?

Here at Eucalyptus, we are ending the year on a high note. We have expanded our installed base and our market faster than planned and faster than ever before. In this year we added more reference users than all our competitors combined. Our customers are typically big brand owners like Puma or advanced web/tech companies like Plinga (who runs a hybrid cloud). Check out their stories here: http://www.eucalyptus.com/about/customers/case-studies.

We built out our partner ecosystem. Today we have over 180 partners all over the world - most of them cloud software vendors who extend and enhance the power of the Eucalyptus platform. You'll find the list here: http://www.eucalyptus.com/partners.

Our Engineering team was focused on the massive undertaking called Eucalyptus 3.0, developing high availability (HA) for the cloud platform itself. This is pioneering work in the cloud industry, and it allows users to move highly mission-critical applications onto their own clouds.

What else did we do? We more than doubled our headcount. We built out our management team. In the second part of 2010 we hired leaders for Sales, Alliances and Engineering. This year we hired leaders for Professional Services, Marketing, and Community. Check out our team here: http://www.eucalyptus.com/about/team.

We expanded geographically. We have employees in a dozen US states and strong teams in China, India and EU. Our employees are nationals of the following countries: China, Finland, France, Italy, India, Morocco, Poland, Russia, South Korea, UK, and USA. To win in a global market, you need a global distributed multi-cultural organization.

It has been a hectic, and at times stressful, year of 2011. We decided early in the year to swing for the fences, and then we just ran and ran. I am reminded of Paul "Crocodile Dundee" Hogan's statement: "The secret to my success is that I bit off more than I could chew and chewed as fast as I could."

Now as the year is ending, we can only be thankful to our users, contributors, customers and partners who helped us reach and exceed our goals for this year. You cheered us on, keeping us focused and motivated every day. Thank you! We hope and plan to live up to even higher expectations in 2012.

May this year end beautifully for you, setting the stage for a great new year!


P.S. If you are curious as to my life as CEO of this wonderful team in this exciting new industry, here is a list of some of my writings and talks in the year of 2011:

Blog: My Tweets of the fall of 2011

Stanford talk: Believe in something bigger than yourself
Video: http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=2809
Audio: http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=2785

Blog: Eucalyptus Clouds in Production

Blog: My tweets of the summer of 2011

Blog: Cloud Computing and the 10X Effect

Blog: Darwinism determining the future of cloud computing?

Blog: Where is open source heading?

Blog: How does open source affect company culture?

And I wrote a chapter in this book: No Fear - Business Leadership in the Age of Digital Cowboys

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