Joyent Names Bryan Cantrill Vice President of Engineering
Former Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer Takes on Cloud OS Innovation as the Latest Addition to Joyent’s Growing Team
SAN FRANCISCO, July 28 /PRNewswire/ — Joyent, a leading global provider of cloud computing solutions, today named Bryan Cantrill as VP of Engineering. Cantrill will be responsible for overseeing worldwide development focused on operating systems, including building additional innovation into Joyent’s SmartOS and SmartDataCenter.
For Joyent, the addition of Cantrill, an engineer named as one of the top 35 technologists under the age of 35 by MIT’s Technology Review and an Innovator of the Year by InfoWorld, represents the next step in continuing to building out a team of world-renowned engineering talent.
Prior to joining the Joyent team, Cantrill served as Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, where he spent more than a decade working on system software, from the guts of the kernel to client-code on the browser and much in between. Most notably, Cantrill co-designed and implemented DTrace, a facility for dynamic instrumentation of production systems that won the Wall Street Journal’s top Technology Innovation Award in 2006 and the USENIX Software Tools User Group Award in 2008.
Recently Bryan co-founded the Fishworks group at Sun, where he designed and implemented the DTrace-based analytics facility found in the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances—a facility that InfoWorld described as “stunning” in a February 2009 review.
“As one of the world’s foremost experts in system software and application monitoring, Bryan will be one of the cornerstones of the team we’ve been building here at Joyent,” said Joyent CEO David Young. “His work on DTrace and his insight into how applications run on the SmartOS will give us a huge boost in the innovations we expect to bring to the table over the next few years and beyond.”
“The tech world is shifting, the definition of the operating system is expanding and the data center is rapidly becoming the computer. Amidst a slew of cloud companies, Joyent is one of the few focusing on innovation up and down the stack to deliver a true cloud operating system,” said Cantrill. “Joyent has a deep sense of systems innovation and is well positioned to develop the breakthroughs needed to deliver the full potential of cloud computing.”
Joyent is the premier Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas) and Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) provider offering cloud computing solutions worldwide since 2004. Delivering billions of page views per month, Joyent’s Smart Technologies improve performance, scalability, manageability and security for thousands of web and mobile applications. Serving a network of service providers and thousands of customers, Joyent is the only company that runs a major public cloud infrastructure, builds the technologies that power that infrastructure, and uses those technologies to enable multiple third-party public, private, and hybrid clouds.
Joyent is a leading infrastructure provider for some of the fastest growing businesses on the web, including:
Watercooler, which supports millions of users every day on Joyent architecture
LinkedIn, which delivers billions of pages each month using Joyent infrastructure services.
Country Life, which has used Joyent’s high performance infrastructure to scale quickly to over 8 million monthly active users on Facebook with great gameplay.
Gilt Group, one of the world’s fastest growing eCommerce businesses, which has been able to reduce costs significantly by building on Joyent infrastructure.