One Hewlett-Packard Enterprise solution provider played a key role in the development of a company NetApp recently bought: enterprise-scale cloud management technology developer Greenqloud.
Greenqloud, which NetApp acquired in the second quarter, counted among its investors and board members Kelly Ireland, founder and CEO of CB Technologies, a Kirkland, Wash.-based solution provider.
Ireland (pictured) told CRN that she was introduced to Jonsi Stefansson, CEO of Reykjavik, Iceland-based Greenqloud, by a mutual acquaintance at Microsoft in 2015. Greenqloud was originally founded to sell public cloud computing services based on its facilities powered 100 percent by renewable energy, but in 2014 had changed course to focus on software.
[Related: NetApp Bought Iceland's Greenqloud To Fill Data Fabric Need For Cloud Automation, Orchestration]
That software is Qstack. Launched in 2015, Qstack can be deployed in multiple private cloud locations and to share resources between those private clouds extend them to another remote Qstack cloud environment, any EC2-based public cloud, or AWS or Microsoft Azure.
"Jonsi had a concept that really resonated......