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Ben Golub, Who Sold Gluster to Red Hat, Now Running dotCloud

DotCloud came to market toting a multi-language PaaS that was revenue-producing but is now consumed with a project called Docker

Ben Golub, the former CEO of Gluster, the storage venture gone to Red Hat for $136 million, is now CEO of another promising venture-backed open source start-up, two-year-old dotCloud.

DotCloud first came to market toting a multi-language Platform-as-a-Service that proved revenue-producing but is now consumed with a project called Docker that has claimed much of its technology.

Docker is an open source engine that quickly wraps up any application and all its peculiar dependencies in a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that can run virtually anywhere on anybody's infrastructure.

It's a take on the old Java promise of write once, run anywhere.

Golub, who's been an advisor to the Docker project for the last three months, reckons "dotCloud and Docker are addressing some of the most critical IT challenges today, and can revolutionize the way the world approaches application delivery and deployment, cross-cloud deployment, webscaling, and virtualization."

The widgetry isn't production-ready and probably won't be 1.0 stable before the end of September but Golub says dotCloud's warnings aren't preventing over-anxious users from using it in production anyway. It's supposed to have attracted the attention of some of the largest companies and thousands are said to be tinkering with it.

Because of its explosive growth, dotCloud says its impact is being seen across devops, PaaS and hybrid cloud environments.

The company expects to offer revenue-producing services around Docker including container tracking and possibly a container marketplace. Apparently Golub has some other ideas but doesn't want them disclosed just yet.

dotCloud got a $10 A round when it started out from Benchmark, Trinity Ventures, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Y Combinator and angel investor Ron Conway.

Before Gluster, Golub was CEO of Plaxo, the VC-backed online address book house started by Napster co-founder Sean Parker and some friends. Golub got Comcast to buy it in 2008 for $150 million. He replaces dotCloud founder and CTO Solomon Hykes as CEO.

See http://docker.io.

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