Stephen O’Donnell is the chairman and CEO of desktop virtualization services provider GreenBytes Inc. O’Donnell, named chairman of the board in July 2012, took over GreenBytes’ corner office at the end of last November.
He sees the Providence-based company on the verge of a major expansion this year.
Moving to the capital city last month brought the company closer to Boston and its surrounding technology belt.
We can create good, high-wage, sustainable jobs,” in Providence and overseas, he said.
PBN: Why the move from South County to downtown Providence?
O’DONNELL: Up until now we’ve been predominately focusing on engineering and quietly getting on with building a product. We’ve now reached the point where we’ve got an extremely mature product. We have a whole set of patents that we’ve been awarded. … Now we’re working on exploiting that technology and shipping the technology around the world.
The move to Providence was about getting more space … being closer to a data center that’s got protection … [and] Providence is much closer to Boston and the technology belt that surrounds Boston. We’re able to attract a wider group of marketers, engineers and sales. … We’re looking to expand very substantially in 2013.
PBN: What do you mean by “substantially”?
O’DONNELL: By the end of 2013 we’re hoping to be 1.5 times the size we are today. Right now we are close to 40. We should be getting to the 60 to 80 range by the end of 2013. … We’ll be expanding our Providence operation, but we’ll also be expanding overseas, predominately in sales.
PBN: GreenBytes recently shifted focus from inline deduplication data storage to desktop virtualization services. How do you plan to help the company to continue to grow on that track?
O’DONNELL: In the past, we’ve had a very wide spectrum of customer problems that we were addressing. … We were taking large sets of data and were able to reduce the amount of data.
Desktop virtualization is the biggest pain point that customers have to solve around the world and that’s what we’re offering now. Our inline deduplication data-storage patents are the integral component of what we’re still doing.