When the founders of 7-year-old Green Cloud first started thinking of cloud infrastructure and services, they thought they would be late to the party.
Already, people were talking about “the cloud” as if it was an established, mature technology and “everyone was doing it,” recalls Eric Hester, co-founder and chief innovation officer of the Greenville-based cloud technology provider.
“Innovation for us has to be moving our partners to a place where they can be innovative and not just being able to talk about it but create solutions,” Hester says. “That’s our whole business model. … A huge part of that is educating them and being a resource to them so they have value to their customers.”
The gamble paid off, and today Green Cloud is the “largest independent, channel-only cloud provider of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in the country,” according to a company spokesman. They’re also in their second year of hitting the Inc. 5000 list and service more than 500 resellers across the country.