Virtacore Systems Names Phill Lawson-Shanks as CTO

Virtacore Systems, a Sterling, Va.-based provider of hybrid clouds backed by Insight Venture Partners, has brought aboard Phill Lawson-Shanks as CTO. Lawson-Shanks previously served as the chief strategy officer of Nimbus Exchange and as chief strategy officer at Alcatel-Lucent. . He also spent many years with Compaq Computer in both Europe and the U.S.


Virtacore Systems, an industry leading hybrid cloud provider, announced today that Phill Lawson-Shanks has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer.

During his more than 25 year career in technology, Lawson-Shanks has held a variety of strategic and practical positions both global and domestic. Before joining Virtacore, Lawson-Shanks served as Board Member and Chief Strategy Officer of Nimbus Exchange. He held the position of Chief Strategy Officer at Alcatel-Lucent and was responsible for designing and deploying the company’s cloud strategy. Whilst at SAVVIS, he led the Managed Hosting Division and was an early architect of systems that became the precursors to today’s cloud computing environment. Additionally, Lawson-Shanks spent many years with Compaq Computer in Europe and the US, managing large organizations and successfully launching numerous products and services.

Virtacore CEO George Naspo noted, “Phill is an exceptional addition to the Virtacore team and he brings a solid track record of developing and implementing cloud solutions that meet and exceed customer needs. His cloud computing experience and technical expertise will be invaluable to Virtacore as we continue to innovate and grow rapidly.”

Lawson-Shanks commented, “I believe Virtacore is extremely well positioned with best of breed VMware-based public and private cloud solutions and an uncompromising dedication to customer support.” He added, “I look forward to building upon Virtacore’s solid foundation and driving the company and its technology offerings and services to the next level.”

About Virtacore Systems

Virtacore Systems is a leading provider of hybrid cloud services, offering VMware-based public and private cloud solutions to middle market businesses and organizations worldwide. Virtacore is the only company to offer seamless migration of data between public clouds, managed private clouds and internal private clouds, using VMware technology and a unified management portal. Virtacore also offers Google Apps enterprise-class gmail and related application services and support for businesses and service providers. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IKANO Communications, which is backed by Insight Venture Partners. Headquartered in Sterling, VA, Virtacore has offices in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Seattle. For more information, visit or