California-based cloud computing startup to launch Austin office

Jun 19, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Metacloud Inc., a cloud computing company, will open an Austin office with plans to hire 20-30 employees during the next 24 months


The California-based company, which specializes in open-source cloud computing, is looking for a location in South Austin or downtown. It plans to hire workers in several fields, such as engineering, operations and marketing, CEO Sean Lynch said Tuesday


The Austin office, which Metacloud plans to open by the end of the year, would be the company’s third. It already operates two offices in California, he said


Metacloud, founded in 2011, provides what is commonly called “OpenStack” computing and virtualized cloud computing to companies that have outgrown the public cloud model. It employs 30 workers


Lynch considers California-based VMware Inc. to be Metacloud’s chief competition. Other companies in the space include San Antonio-based Rackspace Hosting Inc., 99Cloud and AMAX Information Technologies, according to the 451 Research Group. Just this week, North Carolina-based Red Hat Inc. reached an agreement to acquire Paris-based OpenStack provider eNovance for $95 million


Last month, Metacloud raised $15 million from several investors, including AME Cloud Ventures, Canaan Partners and Utah-based Pelion Venture Partners


In Austin, the company has already enlisted two former Rackspace executives, Scott Sanchez and Niki Acosta. Sanchez is Metacloud’s vice president of strategy; Acosta is the director of evangelism


Metacloud targets large enterprises and companies looking for a less expensive alternative to conventional public cloud computing. Although many Metacloud customers are in the media and entertainment industry, no particular verticals have dominated the demand, Lynch said



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