This morning saw a new Infrastructure-as-a-Service company formally leave the launch pad. Backed by private equity firm Grey Mountain Partners, Ajubeo (news) is quickly building out while taking aim at the rapidly evolving space with on-demand compute, storage, and network resources. Their first node is in Denver, with additional locations in New York and London waiting in the wings for the rest of the year.
The company is led by a group of IT-oriented former CoreSite (NYSE:COR, news, filings) executives, who apparently saw opportunity knocking on the other side of the REIT fence. They are looking to build the right infrastructure from scratch, whereas so much of what we call cloud right now is still re-branded legacy hosting and other infrastructure. There is something of a tradeoff there of course - it's easier to get started if you have the customers already, but it's so much easier to build the ideal infrastructure if you don't have to work around the clutter of the past.
Ajubeo's IaaS platform is built off of technology from VMware, NetApp, Fortinet, and Brocade, with custom high-density compute tech from sgi to keep their datacenter footprint small. They'll be aiming both at enterprises directly and via wholesale and white-label routes.