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Joyent Appoints New CEO And Pushes Out Joyent7 For The Emerging Scaled Out Enterprise

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Joyent has appointed Henry Wasik as its new CEO and released Joyent7 to help companies develop the emerging, scaled-out global enterprise.

Wasik replaces Co-Founder Jason Hoffman, who has served as the interim CEO since David Young left the company earlier this year. Wasik most recently served as the president and CEO of Force10 Networks. Hoffman is also Joyent’s CTO.

Joyent7, an automated infrastructure environment, is the next generation of the company’s SmartDataCenter. Like many companies breaking barriers in this space, Joyent offers new ways to abstract the hardware through server and network virtualization, operations management and customer self-service.

The news follows Telefonica’s launch of Instant Servers, which is built on Joyent technology. The service is going live in Spain and the United Kingdom, with Brazil, Germany and the Czech Republic coming next. Plans are also developing to partner with companies in India and Africa.

Joyent7 is at the heart of this partnership: It comes on an appliance that runs in Telefonica data centers or those operated by Joyent. The appliance is outfitted with arguably the most modern of Internet-ready, scale-out technologies. It includes Node.js, the server-side JavaScript engine for deploying data-intensive applications. MongoDB, the NoSQL database is preconfigured. Percona provides its cloud-based, scalable virtual machine for better MySQL performance. Riak, a Basho offering, comes as part of the integration, allowing for scale out, horizontal distribution of a customer’s storage environment.

Joyent7 plays into the Telefonica relationship in several ways. But most of all, the whole world is going mobile, and the large enterprise will need to adopt new operations models in order to do business.  With Telefonica’s worldwide presence, customers can use the infrastructure to deploy in the United States and other parts of the world where Joyent has operations.

Joyent is one of those companies that seems just different from the rest. It’s not jumping on a bandwagon of any kind — the company sets its own agenda, building open-source technologies that don’t require investments in locked up, converged systems.

It appears that we are just on the verge of seeing what Joyent is becoming. What emerges will depend on how carriers like Telefonica view the advantages of a smart data center running on a smart OS.