Former UBS Cloud Thought Leader joins CohesiveFT as CTO

CohesiveFT, a thought leader in enterprise application-to-cloud migration and application software defined networking (SDN), welcomes Chris Swan who will join the company as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) on March 1.  In 2011, Swan stated famously that Businesses are “clearly not” able to use the public cloud for all of their enterprise requirements. It is more likely that there will be a growth in industry-specific clouds, said Chris. “There is a level of assurance that I don’t think the public cloud at the moment can provide,” he told The 451 Group’s Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit in London. “We will see more and more industry cloud provision.”

The industry has seen the average enterprise commit to some of their workload in the public cloud, but hoarding the rest into their private cloud.

Swan, formerly CTO for Client Experience at UBS, is an active enterprise user and thought leader. He is a board member of the Open Data Center Appliance, and frequently speaks at Cloud Camp London events. He will join the CohesiveFT London office, though his responsibilities will take him to events and customers globally.

“I am very excited to be joining the talented team at CohesiveFT and working in the exciting cloud computing, automation and SDN space,” said Swan.  “I have been following CohesiveFT since their beginning as both a potential customer and industry peer.”

Swan recently left UBS where he worked on strategy and architecture for web and mobile offerings across all regions and business divisions. He was previously co-head of Security CTO focussing on identity management, access control and data security. Chris represented UBS as a Director on the Steering Committee of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), an industry association focused on enterprise adoption of cloud computing. Before joining UBS he was CTO at a London based technology investment banking boutique, which operated a cloud only IT platform. Chris previously held various senior R&D, architecture and engineering positions at Credit Suisse, which included networks, security, data centre automation and introduction of new application platforms. Before moving to the world of financial services Chris was a Combat Systems Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy. He has an MBA from OUBS and a BEng in Electronics Engineering from the University of York. 

“We’re excited to bring Chris onboard,” said CohesiveFT CEO and current CTO, Patrick Kerpan. “As CEO and CTO, it was always a challenge to focus on product development and product delivery, in addition to the go-to-market demands of being CEO. That said, we knew we needed the perfect fit of technical capability, enterprise knowledge, and industry reputation, all found in Chris Swan.  Chris can very capably take on our upcoming product releases for VNS3 and Server3 as well as continuing to develop our thought leadership in the cloud space.”

In January, CohesiveFT released their latest whitepaper which was presented at Cloud Expo Europe. The whitepaper is entitled “Software Defined Data Centers will Change the Way Enterprises Migrate and Deploy Cloud-Based Applications” and focuses on the new term for the concept of freeing tthe application layer from the the physical infrastructure layer. The paper begins with an analysis of the term and offers a point of view for the future of SDDC features with more fine grained, targeted concept. You can view the Whitepaper here.

“The point is that all of the work that’s been done to virtualize the datacenter/system components – CPU, storage, network, apps, OS – has to date, resulted mostly in islands or silos of virtualisation, and especially vendor-specific landscapes. Now, increasingly heterogeneous virtualised elements can be combined and aggregated into logical resources with Software Defined Data Centres,” wrote William Fellows, Research Vice President at 451 Research. “The concept of CFT’s container SDDC fits well with metaphor – containers arrive at docks and are craned into configurations.”

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