Loudcloud Changes Name And Business Models

from the escaping-the-past dept

I’m always a little nervous about any company who’s focus seems to be more about who founded it, then what they do. It seems that the massively overhyped Marc Andreessen-founded Loudcloud (and, it seems, you simply can’t talk about the company without mentioning Andreessen) has decided that this time they haven’t been able to change the world. The whole company was founded around the idea of offering managed hosting services to companies. Andreessen even said that he wanted a business that was offering a service (which he learned while working at AOL) because of the recurring revenue. He felt it was much more stable than selling software. So, now, they’ve sold the managed hosting business to EDS, changed their name to Opsware (get rid of the negative connotation of Loudcloud), and are focusing on selling software. The NY Times ran a more detailed look at these plans, last night, before they knew that the hosting business was being sold to EDS.

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