Capellas to lead Cisco-EMC cloud venture

Former CEO of Compaq, MCI, and First Data is fronting a joint venture focused on next-generation data centers that will deliver private cloud infrastructure.

Michael Capellas, former CEO of Compaq, MCI, and First Data, has a new gig: front man for the Virtual Computing Environment coalition.

Capellas, who is 55, has also been appointed to the "complementary role" of CEO of Acadia, a joint venture of Cisco Systems and EMC with investment from Intel and VMware, the companies said Wednesday. Acadia has been created to support the coalition.

In a nutshell, Acadia is aimed at next-generation data centers designed to deliver private cloud infrastructure. The goal is to give customers the advantages of one throat to choke in terms of support without relying on a single vendor. In his role, Capellas will be talking cloud computing and data management as well as data center architecture.

This story, with the headline "Capellas to lead Cisco-EMC Acadia joint venture," was originally posted at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

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    Larry Dignan is editor in chief of ZDNet and editorial director of CNET's TechRepublic. He has covered the technology and financial-services industries since 1995.


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