Thorsten von Eicken, the co-founder of RightScale, released the first version of software from the yet-to-be-incorporated company back in the dark ages of the cloud. While only nine years ago, 2006 was incredibly early, long before Amazon Web Services was a household name and before companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Rackspace had discovered the cloudy drug. Von Eickens thesis was that organizations would need a management platform upon which to deploy and manage applications running on the (at that time) beta version of Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing offering. Only a few months after EC2 had been unveiled and a prescient von Eicken got to work on the nascent field of cloud management.

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.