Jelastic Taps Former Microsoft MS-DOS Pioneer as Adviser
PaaS provider Jelastic announced the hiring of Mark Zbikowski, a former Microsoft architect and contributor to MS-DOS, as a senior adviser.Jelastic, provider of a platform as a service (PaaS) for Java and PHP apps, has bolstered its development team with the addition of a former Microsoft architect and developer. Jelastic announced that Mark Zbikowski, a former Microsoft software architect and prominent software developer with more than 30 years of experience, is joining the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company as a senior technical adviser. In this capacity, Zbikowski will assist Jelastic as a resource to the development team and adviser to senior management. Jelastic is a PaaS cloud computing service that provides networks, servers and storage solutions to software development clients. It is a cloud hosting platform for Java and PHP applications. The main competitors of Jelastic are Google App Engine, Amazon Elastic Beanstalk, Heroku and Cloud Foundry. "We are very happy to have Mark as part of the Jelastic team," Dmitry Sotnikov, chief operating officer at Jelastic, said in a statement. "He is not only one of the innovators in system software, his expertise and advice [are] invaluable. Mark's experience in his prior work has always been about platforms that are high performing, run at large-scale, handle any applications, and at the same time are easy for users. Jelastic is the platform that makes automated hosting and scaling of applications easy without code changes required. Mark should feel right at home."
While working at Microsoft, Zbikowski spearheaded efforts in MS-DOS and was a key contributor to OS/2, Windows NT and Cairo. He also was honored for 25 years of service with Microsoft in 2006, the first employee, excluding Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, to receive this honor, Jelastic officials said.