Veteran Microsoft Architect and Developer Joins Jelastic

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  • June 5, 2013
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PALO ALTO, Ca., June 5, 2013 – Jelastic Inc., the creators of the cloud hosting platform for Java and PHP applications (, today announced that Mark Zbikowski, a former Microsoft Architect and ground breaking software developer with more than 30 years experience, will serve the company as a Senior Technical Advisor. In this capacity, he will assist Jelastic as a resource to the development team and advisor to senior management.

While working at Microsoft, Zbikowski spearheaded efforts in MS-DOS and was a significant contributor to OS/2, Windows NT and Cairo. He was honored for 25 years of service with the company in 2006 and excluding Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, he was the first employee to receive this honor. Zbikowski designed the DOS executable file format, and his initials “MZ” appear in the headers of that file format to this day. He is also one of the key developers of Windows NTFS and Windows 2000/XP/Vista. Over the years he has been an active member and contributor to projects involving up to 1000 engineers. Zbikowski also holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in applied mathematics and master’s degrees from Yale and the University of Washington.

Dmitry Sotnikov, Jelastic COO said, “We are very happy to have Mark as part of the Jelastic team. He is not only one of the innovators in system software, his expertise and advice is invaluable. Mark’s experience in his prior work has always been about platforms that are high performing, run at large-scale, handle any applications, and at the same time are easy for users. Jelastic is the platform that makes automated hosting and scaling of applications easy without code changes required. Mark should feel right at home.”

Jelastic has an impressive team of advisors including Serguei Beloussov, a successful entrepreneur who founded Parallels and many other successful ventures. Several high profile technical gurus are already endorsing Jelastic including James Gosling the father of Java, David Blevins who founded the TomEE project and was the co-founder of OpenEJB and Michael “Monty” Widenius, the author of the original version of the open-source MySQL database and MariaDB.

Mark Zbikowski, is spending time this week with Jelastic developers, and said, “I’m excited to be working with the great development team at Jelastic. They have created an extremely interesting and high quality product.”

About Jelastic

Jelastic, Inc., based in Palo Alto, Calif., offers a Java and PHP server hosting platform. Jelastic is the only Platform-as-a Service (PaaS) created specifically for hosting service providers to deploy and make available to developers, application designers and Java and PHP enthusiasts. Jelastic automatically scales applications and allocates server resources, enabling it to deliver true next generation Java and PHP cloud computing. You can learn more about Jelastic or sign-up for the service for free at

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