Startup Gigs Apr 24 2012

Eucalyptus Systems to Hire 100

By joseph walker

Santa Barbara, Calif.'s Eucalyptus Systems Inc. plans to hire 100 new employees this year, doubling its current headcount. Last week, the company raised $30 million in new venture capital financing from investors including Institutional Venture Partners and Benchmark Capital.

Founded in 2009, Eucalyptus sells cloud computing software to businesses who want to keep their data servers in-house rather than outsourcing them to providers like Amazon or Rackspace. For customers who want to be able to switch back and forth between internal and external service, Eucalyptus has a partnership with Amazon that makes transfer relatively simple, the company says.

The distinction between on-site and off-site clouds is sometimes referred to as the private versus public clouds. The public cloud, of which Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the market leader, has companies store data on shared servers with other companies, sort of like sharing a locker room at a gym. The private cloud, which Eucalyptus helps facilitate, allows companies the benefits of cloud computing -- speed and flexibility -- without forcing them to store sensitive data on shared server space.

"We're AWS behind the firewall," said Chief Talent Officer and co-founder Woody Rollins. "You're going to use the private cloud for your secret sauce and then leverage the public cloud for the stuff that isn't sensitive."

Among the company's new job openings will be those for software engineers, sustaining engineers, release engineers and quality assurance engineers. There will be also be positions open for marketing. The company hires employees across the U.S., as well as in London and Paris. About half of the company's employees work from home or remotely, Rollins said.

Rollins declined to discuss the company's revenues. He said the company pays market cash and equity compensation.

Write to Joseph Walker at Joseph.Walker@dowjones.com



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