Joyent Taps Philippe Weppe to Lead Operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Public Cloud Innovator Continues Global Expansion to Make Cloud Solutions More Accessible

Jun 17, 2010, 15:00 ET from Joyent

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Joyent, a leading global provider of cloud computing solutions, announced today that Philippe Weppe has joined the company to serve as president of Joyent's European, Middle Eastern and African operations. The move comes as part of the company's global expansion strategy to provide greater access to cloud computing solutions.

Weppe, a 25-year industry veteran, has held various leadership roles in sales, marketing channel/alliances and services in France and throughout Europe, including roles as vice president EMEA Channel and MidMarket for Sun Microsystems and COO of NextiraOne. Most recently, Weppe served as CEO of Risc Group, a pan-European services provider, specializing in performance, security and availability of data for small- and medium-size businesses and enterprises. Weppe holds an Electronic and Telecom Engineering degree from INSA Lyon-France.

"We are very pleased to have Philippe onboard and look forward to leveraging his expertise to expand access to our reliable, high-performance cloud computing solutions," said Joyent CEO David Young. "Thanks to his depth of experience in working with telco and network infrastructure providers, Philippe definitely has his finger on the pulse with regard to the need for access to the kind of high-performance and reliable service Joyent can provide."

Already about 20 percent of Joyent's customer base is located in Europe. The addition of a physical presence in close geographic proximity will ensure that the company's European-based hosting, telco and systems integration customers will have access to the support they need to provide timely and efficient service to their customers. With ready access to resources and infrastructure, Joyent will be able to improve systems setup, latency and application response for its European customer base.

"As part of our aggressive new strategy, we aim to begin work immediately on the development of a European public cloud designed specifically for applications software and online game developers," Weppe said. "I look forward to demonstrating how Joyent's proven technologies can provide scalable, reliable and cost-effective access to public, private and hybrid infrastructure solutions for enterprises throughout the continent."

Joyent has been in operation in the U.S. since 2004 and expanded its operations into China in November 2009. For more information about Joyent's unique stack of enterprise-class Smart Technologies for cloud computing, visit

About Joyent

Joyent has been building the software to deliver Infrastructure as a Service since 2004, long before it was ever called Cloud Computing. With thousands of customers worldwide, from rapidly growing startups to Fortune 500 customers, Joyent's high-performance software has been proven to be extremely stable, flexible and secure. Today, Joyent is the only true on-demand Cloud Computing solution providing enterprise customers the convenience, efficiency and scalability of cloud computing with the reliability, security and performance of fully managed, dedicated data centers. Our virtual data center solutions enable customers to deploy and scale computing resources in minutes with a pay-per-use model buying only the necessary capacity desired.

Joyent is a leading infrastructure provider for some of the fastest growing businesses on the Web, including:

Watercooler, which supports millions of users every day on Joyent architecture

LinkedIn, which delivers billions of pages each month using Joyent infrastructure services.

Country Life, which has used Joyent's high performance infrastructure to scale quickly to over 8 million monthly active users on Facebook with great gameplay.

Gilt Group, one of the world's fastest growing eCommerce businesses, which has been able to reduce costs significantly by building on Joyent infrastructure.