Phill Lawson-Shanks appointed Chief Strategy Officer of Nimbus Exchange®

Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

New Position Brings Seasoned Leadership to Accelerate Cloud-to-Cloud Communication and Next Generation Business Transformation, Helping Organizations Reduce Costs and Improve Business Agility through Private and Public Cloud Computing

RESTON, VA – May 23, 2011

Nimbus Exchange® today announced industry veteran Phill Lawson-Shanks has joined the company to lead corporate strategy and product marketing. Nimbus Exchange® is focused on accelerating the transformation of cloud-based business, helping organizations reduce costs by more quickly and securely transporting data and applications between private and public cloud platforms.

Cloud computing brings together the best elements of information management – high-performance computing, systems management, ubiquitous application and data availability – to re-define how information technology is deployed and consumed.  The interoperability of enterprise-class private cloud solutions and low-cost, highly available, ubiquitous public cloud platforms give organizations unparalleled flexibility to create and deliver next-generation services.

Nimbus Exchange® provides neutral and independent network hubs that enable enterprises to create a hybrid solution, connecting their private and public clouds; customers simply connect once and gain access to multiple cloud-based providers.  Upon joining Nimbus Exchange®, the service providers and their customers can connect to any other party within the exchange and more easily migrate data into and out of their cloud.

Lawson-Shanks brings significant Cloud-industry knowledge and insight.  He has vast experience in designing and creating adaptive infrastructure solutions and application platforms, and holds patents for technologies that are widely deployed today.  Most recently, Lawson-Shanks held the position of Chief Strategy Officer at Alcatel-Lucent where he successfully designed and deployed the company’s cloud strategy.  Prior to Alcatel-Lucent, Lawson-Shanks lead SAVVIS’ Managed Hosting Division where he architected and deployed one of the pre-cursers to what we now call Cloud Computing.  At MCI, he was VP and GM of the Digital Media Technologies group, which he built from the ground up as an internal “startup” to enable real-time ingest, editing and distribution of digital assets for the broadcast media and entertainment industries.  Additionally, Lawson-Shanks spent many years with Compaq Computer, both in Europe and the US where he lead several organizations, and launched multiple products and services.

Yohannes Mariam, CEO, Nimbus Exchange® said, “We are very fortunate to have someone of Phill Lawson-Shanks’ stature to join us as Chief Strategy Officer.  With almost three decades of experience, Phill has made a career out of driving transformational change in the companies he’s joined, because he innately understands the needs of his customers and the technology solutions they want.  As a pioneer in cloud computing technology, Phill is well suited to drive the global strategy for Nimbus as we enter an unprecedented era of growth, enabled by the technologies he helped develop.”

Duncan Puller COO, said, “Phill’s joining as Chief Strategy Officer is tremendously exciting for everyone at Nimbus. His understanding of application platforms and infrastructure solutions are a wonderful addition to our network-centric team.  His long-standing personal relationships with industry leaders will enable Nimbus Exchange® to accelerate our expansion plans and move into additional markets that our customers have requested.”

Phill Lawson-Shanks said, “There’s never been a better time to join such an exciting endeavor as the Nimbus Exchange® and assist our customers to take full advantage cloud computing. The integration of these technological innovations has produced a new information services platform that is truly transformative. I believe that the ubiquitous nature and unparalleled cost effectiveness of cloud-based compute and storage resources will give rise to a global explosion of creativity and commerce, the like of which we have not seen since the Renaissance period.  Nimbus Exchange® has a unique opportunity to be at the heart of this explosion.”

About Nimbus Exchange®

Nimbus Exchange® – Your own private on-ramp to Public Cloud Compute and Storage Infrastructure Providers.

As privately held independent Network Solution Provider and Cloud Services Expert,

Nimbus Exchange® has created a highly redundant and scalable globally distributed platform – to provide a localized Direct-Cloud-Connect-Gateway between public cloud-based compute and storage resource pools and end customers’ private networks.  Nimbus Exchange® will provision and manage a dedicated, direct private connection based on the customers’ needs, location and network.

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