Company Names Adam Jacob As Chief Product Officer To Lead Customer-Driven Product Development.
SEATTLE, Wash – February 8, 2011 — Opscode™, Inc., the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced that Christopher Brown has been named Opscode's Chief Technology Officer and will guide Opscode's long-term technical vision and strategy. Opscode today also announced that Adam Jacob, co-founder of Opscode and creator of the popular open-source Chef™ systems integration software, has been named Chief Product Officer and will dedicate his focus on customer-centric product development. These two moves will enable Opscode to further accelerate its rate of disruptive technical innovation and product delivery during a time of rapid new customer adoption and company growth. Opscode is focused on bringing next generation infrastructure automation tools to cloud and enterprise IT infrastructures via open source, SaaS, and other product offerings.
"Under Christopher Brown's technical vision and execution, thousands of organizations have signed up and are using Opscode Hosted Chef, the world's first and only hosted SaaS platform for automated infrastructure deployment and configuration management", said Jesse Robbins, CEO and co-founder of Opscode. "Much like Christopher's early work creating Amazon's EC2 helped lay the foundation for the shift to cloud computing, Christopher's breakthrough work in architecting Opscode Hosted Chef is helping customers actually realize the power and promise of the cloud – namely speed, scale, agility, and lower cost."
Christopher Brown had previously been serving as Opscode's Vice President of Engineering. Prior to joining Opscode, Mr. Brown served as Director of Engineering for the Edge Computing Network for Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Brown was a founding member, architect and lead developer for Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud ("EC2").
Mr. Brown began his career in 1993 at Microsoft and holds several patents in the areas of Internet routing, VM/runtime hosting, content delivery and cloud computing. Mr. Brown graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Adam Jacob is a co-founder of Opscode and the creator of Chef. Prior to founding Opscode, Mr. Jacob spent 13 years as a systems administrator and founded HJK Solutions, an automated infrastructure consultancy. Including his tenure at HJK, Mr. Jacob spent 13 years as a systems administrator, systems architect, and tools developer. He has been responsible for large production infrastructures, internal corporate automation, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts.
Opscode Hosted Chef is powered by Opscode's open source Chef systems integration software.
Opscode is the leader in cloud infrastructure automation. We help companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures that scale easily and predictably; can be quickly rebuilt in any environment; and save developers and systems engineer's time and money. Opscode's team is comprised of web infrastructure experts responsible for building and operating some of the world's largest websites and cloud computing platforms. Opscode is headquartered in Seattle.