JAX London 2014: A retrospective
CloudBees Acquire Stax Interview

With Stax, we can now accelerate our RUN@cloud PaaS to market.

Jessica Thornsby
CloudBees-Acquire-Stax-Interview

Now customers will be able to do everything – develop, build, test and deploy – in the cloud.

  • Sacha Labourey

    Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1975, Sacha Labourey is an entrepreneur specialized in information technologies. He is the founder and CEO of Cloud Bees, Inc., a startup in the fast growing cloud computing market. He is also advisor and investor in several other ventures, including eXo Platform and Wallix. In 2003, Sacha Labourey founded JBoss’ European headquarters and, as General Manager for Europe, led the strategy and partnerships that helped fuel the company’s growth. While in this position, he led the recruitment of some of JBoss key talents and acquisition of key technology. In 2005, he was appointed CTO of JBoss, Inc. and as such, oversaw all of JBoss engineering. In June 2006, JBoss, Inc. was acquired by Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), leader of the Linux Operating System, for $420m. After the acquisition, Sacha Labourey remained JBoss CTO and played a crucial role in integrating and productizing JBoss software with Red Hat offerings. In 2007, Sacha became co-General Manager of Red Hat’s middleware division. He left Red Hat in April 2009. Prior to JBoss, Inc., he was the founder of Cogito Informatique, a Swiss IT consulting firm. Sacha Labourey holds a Master.

Hot on the heels of its acqusition of InfraDNA, CloudBees have announced another acquisition: this time, PaaS company Stax Networks. JAXenter spoke to founder and CEO of CloudBees, Sacha Labourey, to find out what this latest acquisition means for the company……

JAXenter: How does the acquisition of Stax Networks, impact CloudBees’ RUN@cloudPaaS strategy?

Sacha Labourey: We’ve already begun creating our own platform, but with Stax, we can now accelerate our RUN@cloud PaaS to market — by January, in fact. When this happens, CloudBees will be the only provider of a complete development to production offering for cloud environments. CloudBees is clearly the innovation leader.

JAXenter: What value will Stax Networks technology add for CloudBees customers?

Sacha Labourey: Our beta customers were already enjoying a simple application development experience without IT concerns like servers or operating systems. By integrating with the Stax platform, the other part of the puzzle – actually deploying java applications to the cloud – is solved. Now customers will be able to do everything – develop, build, test and deploy – in the cloud.

JAXenter: How does CloudBees’ PaaS strategy differ from the competition, for example Google App Engine and VMForce?

Sacha Labourey: Both VMware and Google suffer from a lack of focus on providing a full solution to Java developers – either crippling certain features, or locking them into a specific run-time environment. Google App Engine has an offering for low-end Java applications, with lots of restrictions. As for VMForce, this is really open source lipstick on top of a highly proprietary platform: Salesforce.com and its proprietary APIs, proprietary services, etc. Plus, this is still vaporware at this point. We, on the other hand, have both a development AND production offering that is usable today, is truly open and is not crippled with restrictions against developers.

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