VMware’s ex-Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Ben Fathi, left is old job at VMware about two months ago. Now he has joined up with CDN provider CloudFlare as their new head of engineering. Ben Fathi has outlined his decision to switch to his new employer on CloudFlare’s corporate blog.
“I’m thrilled to be taking over the helm of engineering at CloudFlare,” said Ben Fathi. “The question shouldn’t be why I joined, but rather, why you’re not here as well. If you know me, you know that I’m a sucker for distributed systems. I fall for a hard computer science problem every time. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to you that CloudFlare’s John Graham-Cumming, had me at “hello” when he nonchalantly described one of the company’s projects: a globally distributed key value store with sub-second consistency guarantees!”
Ben Fathi has been in the tech industry for 32 years already, focused mainly on operating systems. He’s worked on UNIX, Linux, Windows, embedded operating systems, as well as distributed operating systems.
“CloudFlare has quietly been building a cloud and they’re already running it at scale across 64 data centers in more than thirty countries around the world,” added Mr. Fathi. “They didn’t just throw a bunch of servers in a data center and postpone the latency and reliability issues. Instead, they built geo-scaling and resiliency right into the architecture. CloudFlare has four million customers and makes the Internet more secure, more performant, and more reliable every day.”
To read the full corporate blog article on Ben Fathi’s appointment, visit the CloudFlare website.
The announcement follows the recent news that CloudFlare, a global CDN and DNS provider, raised $110 million from Baidu, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Fidelity, and its existing investors. The money will be used for CloudFlare’s ‘next chapter of our growth.’