Joyent CTO Jason Hoffman steps down, says Cantrill is likely successor
Cloud computing infrastructure provider Joyent’s chief technology officer and co-founder Jason Hoffman is leaving his position at the company, he announced in a blog post on the company’s website.
Hoffman took the opportunity to wax lyrical about some of his and the company’s achievements before announcing the move, touting Joyent’s growth over the past decade into a formidable infrastructure as a service provider, second in size only to Amazon Web Services.
“Building innovative technology has always been a core value of ours, and it permeates all that we do, whether it’s sponsoring and nurturing game changing open source technologies like Node.js or innovating a new, cloud-native way to do virtualization, liberating our customers to create, invent and scale,” Hoffman wrote. “In short, that “think differently” spirit of innovation is built into our DNA and we’ve accomplished many amazing things living by it. It’s also something I value, and for that reason, I’ve made the decision to embody it in a new way by moving on to pursue new ideas and projects.”
Business Cloud News reached out to Hoffman to confirm his plans moving forward, and who will step in to take his place as chief technology officer at the company. For the moment all that is known is that Hoffman will stay linked to Joyent as an advisor while continuing to pursue external opportunities.
“I haven’t quite figured it out yet, I may go back to being an end user, might do a bit more “cloud”. I’m largely interested in the intersection of mobile, m2m and “big data” and how it can impact human health so might do something in that space either at a large company or a startup. I’m leaving myself open to suggestions though and seeing what happens,” Hoffman told BCN.
As for a successor, “it would likely be internal: Bryan Cantrill could easily do the job and he’s a real visionary, and then I’d vote for someone like Mark Cavage to get a promotion to a vp of engineering role,” Hoffman said.
According to BCN sources Hoffman was instrumental in pushing the Manta storage service forward, a project that took four years of research and development before seeing the light of day earlier this summer. Manta enables users to run compute operations directly over their data, combining the storage and compute operations in clusters located in one or several locations, meaning data kept in object storage can be queried immediately without having to pull the data out first – which saves loads of time on the whole operation.
Hoffman also helped push Joyent’s involvement with a number of open-source technologies including Illumos and Node.js.