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Cloud Visionary and OpenStack Founder Joins Pivotal

Joshua McKenty, cloud computing pioneer and entrepreneur, joins Pivotal as Field CTO for Pivotal Cloud Foundry

San Francisco, September 30, 2014 - Pivotal®, the company at the intersection of big data, PaaS and agile development, today announced that cloud visionary Joshua McKenty will join Pivotal. McKenty brings to Pivotal his experience as co-founder of OpenStack®, founder of Piston Cloud™ Computing and founding Technical Architect of NASA Nebula, the Federal Government's first cloud computing platform, to become a Field CTO for Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry® team.

McKenty’s storied career spans two decades of experience in software development, cloud architecture, management and entrepreneurship. At Pivotal, he will work directly on the front lines with Fortune 100 customers who are looking to transition to the 3rd platform. Additionally, he will work closely with Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry team to drive new features and functionality to the platform.

Cloud Foundry has emerged as the industry standard enterprise application platform for the cloud era. By automating resources across OpenStack, vSphere® and Amazon Web Services, the platform enables a radical reduction in the complexity of application lifecycle management for both developers and IT operators.

Pivotal CF® is the leading commercial distribution of Cloud Foundry from Pivotal. With ever expanding capabilities for mobile integrations, data services, microservice architectures and continuous delivery, Pivotal CF is transforming enterprises in every industry.

A 2013 San Francisco Business Times 40-Under-40 Leader and NASA Ames Honor Award Recipient, Joshua has been instrumental in moving several groundbreaking cloud projects from inception to influencing the broader cloud computing market. Before OpenStack became the dominant open cloud solution it is today, with multi-billion dollar commitments from IBM, HP, Cisco and Red Hat and from virtualization leader VMware®, Mr. McKenty played an instrumental role in developing the NASA-sponsored IaaS that would become OpenStack’s flagship project.

As co-founder of Piston Cloud Computing, he helped shepherd the company into a mature software business that has experienced exponential year-over-year revenue growth, attracting marquee customers with innovative enterprise private cloud solutions, including the first commercially supported OpenStack/Cloud Foundry integration.

McKenty joins other industry luminaries who recently signed onto Pivotal, including Puppet Labs co-founder Andrew Shafer and Simon Elisha who previously served as an Amazon Web Services Cloud Architect. They bring more technical firepower and expertise to help Pivotal’s customers shape their private and hybrid cloud architectures with Pivotal CF.

Executive Quotes

Scott Aronson, Senior Vice President, Global Field Operations, Pivotal

“Joshua possesses the rare combination of technical vision with an ability to lead change. We welcome his contributions to our core mission of transitioning enterprise computing to modern cloud platforms. We’re delighted to add such a bright star to the Pivotal constellation.”

Jim Morrisroe, CEO of Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

“Josh is a true innovator and it’s been an honor to work alongside him these past two years. Pivotal is a long-standing Piston partner and this move can only mean great things for both of our businesses. I want to thank Josh for his incredible contributions to Piston and the broader OpenStack community and wish him all the best in his new role at Pivotal.”

Joshua McKenty, Field CTO for Pivotal Cloud Foundry

“I’m deeply honored to have worked with the staff at Piston and the entire OpenStack community, in what has been a very significant journey. I’m also extremely excited to take what is by all measures a natural and equally significant step in joining a company as visionary as Pivotal. I believe Cloud Foundry will become as boring (which is to say, fundamentally ubiquitous) as IaaS, as the software platform for modern app development and I’m delighted to be part of that.”


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Pivotal combines our cloud-native platform, developer tools, and unique methodology to help the world’s largest companies transform the way they build and run their most important applications. Our technology is used by Global 2000 companies to achieve strategic advantages in software development and IT operations.


Rita Manachi
Analyst Relations

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