Pushing the boundaries

Waratek expand to London and New York

Elliot Bentley
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Cloud VM developers take to JAX London stage to announce opening of new offices and acquisition of new staff.

In a One To Watch last month, we looked at
Waratek Cloud VM for Java
, an Oracle-certified JVM with
“attributes like multi-tenancy, like elasticity, like utility
computing and control” provided by the ability to run virtual
containers inside of each JVM instance.

Having announced the general release of Cloud VM at JavaOne, parent
company Waratek today used their JAX London talk to break the news
of their new London and New York offices, as well as two key staff
acquisitions.

Martin Hand, previously in charge of VMware’s European distribution
for vFabric, will be heading up the London branch as Business
Development Director, while John Williams is leaving Progress
Software to run Waratek’s New York office.

We caught up with Waratek CEO Brian Maccaba at JAX London, who said
that the company found the reception at JavaOne to be “fantastic”,
adding: “We were flat out all the way – it was crazy.”

Regarding the new recruits, Maccaba said that he hoped their
expertise in related markets would help Waratek gain
traction.

“Martin obviously understands a related space very well – VMware
have been a hugely successful company,” he said. “I guess to some
extent we view ourselves as the next generation of
virtualisation.”

Williams’ focus, meanwhile, will be the “Wall Street patch”.
Maccaba said that Williams’ strength comes from a background of
“dealing with some of the largest, most sophisticated banks and
brokers in Wall Street”.

The company initially set up shop in Dublin, Ireland, which CTO and
Founder John Matthew Holt described to JAXenter last month as “the
Silicon Valley of Western Europe”. However, Maccaba said today that
the decision to set up further offices was driven by a need to go
to where the majority of the customers are based.

“Dublin is a great place to have our R&D centre,” he said.
“[But] where are the big customers? Well, London and New York are
two of the main places. Obviously there are other places, but this
is our first big step in terms of going to market, by having a
proper presence in both cities.”

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