In mid-March this year, Hosting365 was acquired by SunGard Availability Services. While I genuinely believe this is a great move for both Hosting365 and SunGard, it’s not one that I am going to partake in. I enjoyed my 4 years as General Manager, and now it’s time to let someone else take the company forward.
When I joined the company it was primarily a shared hosting business, and had just moved into it’s own facility. In the following four years, a great team of people came together – in sales, finance, operations, development and management. The company was the largest and price-feature leading shared hosting business in Ireland. We sold that division (Register365) to NamesCo in 2008, completing the shift from a shared hosting and domain name enterprise to a Managed Services company. In 2008 we launched Ireland’s first Cloud Computing platform, which accounted for over 80% of new sales within a year, and attracted numerous blue chip clients. The final stage (for me) in the Hosting365 tale, was the ultimate sale of the business to SunGard, who will lead it’s next stage of evolution.
So as of the end of March, I have left my role in Hosting365. I’m going back to my entrepreneurial roots – and setting up a business called Digital Mines (there’s only a holder page there for now – but feel free to signup for updates!). Needless to say – I’m incredibly excited – there are myriad opportunities in the web services, cloud and utility computing, and internet infrastructure spaces.
I’ve neglected blogging for the past couple of years, so as part of my new venture, I’ve decided to do some spring cleaning, and relaunch my personal web site at this new location. You can also follow me on Twitter @edbyrne or connect on LinkedIN.