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Amazon competitor Joyent jumps for joy with new product and CEO

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The good news keeps on coming for cloud infrastructure up-and-comer Joyent – today, the company announced a new CEO, global expansion plans, and a new software release.

Known as “Joyent 7″, the new product was developed to meet the demands of Fortune 500 companies, and is slated for release early next year.

The company claims that it will provide cost savings for customers through automated datacenter resource management and utilization. It’s the step ahead of its current offering, SmartDataCenter (view infographic below).

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Already, Joyent is used by customers like LinkedIn, THQ, Gilt Groupe and Kabam, but the founding team is angling for deals with large, global enterprises. The new product will incorporate the following features:

  • Node.js de-bugging and performance tools: Supports access of node so developers can view detailed data for diagnosing and debugging their code.
  • Unified directory services:This enables improved access control and supports cloud-scale loads, replication and synchronization.
  • Improved resiliency and reporting capabilities.
  • Command line tools for operators and sysadmins, which enable scripting and full machine lifecycle support.
  • Workflow APIs: Expanded catalog of APIs for workflow, image management, security groups and local storage
  • Enables the ability to API provision and mount NFS storage in a customer machine.

In addition, with funding and a partnership with Telefonica Digital, Joyent was able to expand its services to more countries (Telefónica has data centers throughout Europe and Latin America.) To keep up the pace of expansion, there are plans to partner with companies in India and Africa.

““There’s a demand for services that are device and location independent that is impossible to ignore,” said Carlos Morales Paulin, Global Managing Director of Telefonica in a statement. “With Joyent, we can provide our customers with all the power, scalability and flexibility of the cloud – without having to build our own infrastructure or pass the reigns of control to a host of different providers.”

Joyent’s largest competitor is Amazon, which provides myriad cloud services and is the most popular solution on the market. David Young, former CEO, recently told VentureBeat after raising a mammoth $85 million in funding that Amazon’s cloud technology is akin to a “junk yard” that has been “taped together.”

Henry Wasik will replace interim CEO, Jason Hoffman, who will resume his role as CTO. Prior to joining Joyent, Wasik was the chairman and president of Force10 Networks, which provides the infrastructure required to build intelligent services networks.

“There’s a huge opportunity in enterprise Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and we’re confident that Henry, with his experience in mass market growth, will lead Joyent toward accelerating its reach across enterprises and service providers,” Hoffman told VentureBeat.

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