Do you remember back in 2008 when you were all excited about the cloud?
Well back then the founder you’re about to meet, Ellen Rubin, noticed that big businesses were intrigued by the cloud. They were curious about it, but they couldn’t jump in the way that you and I could when we just wanted to upload our photos to the cloud. It was a lot more difficult. It was overwhelming for them to make the move.
So Ellen started a company called CloudSwitch that made it easier for companies to keep their data centers and use the cloud as an extension. I invited her here to talk about how she built that company and how she sold it about three years later.
Today she runs ClearSky Data. It’s a managed service that combines the performance and availability of local storage with the performance and economics of the cloud. We’ll talk about what that means later in the interview.