I received well over 150 nominations for my upcoming story “10 Hot Cloud Startups to Watch” for CIO. I figured I’d get a lot of entries, but I was surprised that I actually got more cloud entries than I did for the mobile version of this story a couple months ago.
The two most active sub-sectors are cloud security and cloud storage, followed closely by cloud performance tools. However, cloud computing startups are a varied lot. I evaluated everything from open-source IaaS platforms to videoconferencing integration services to database aggregation to app data translation tools to a unified solution for how-to’s and user guides.
Here are the 25 finalists for my upcoming CIO story. Be sure to vote below to tell me who your final 10 would be.
What they do: Help companies migrate server applications to the cloud.
Founded: September 2010
What they do: Provides cloud-based WAN optimization and application acceleration services.
Founded: November 2008
What they do: Develop cloud-based videoconferencing tools that bridge various available services.
Founded: November 2009
What they do: Develop cloud-based data integration tools.
What they do: Develops tools that provide visibility into cloud and CDN performance, and then help users act on that information.
Founded: Q4 2009
What they do: Develop security tools for cloud-based applications.
What they do: They’re a Database-as-a-Service provider.
What they do: Provides on-demand access to massive amounts of compute power for high-throughput tasks.
Founded: October 2010
What they do: Help small to mid-sized businesses migrate and/or provision desktops, servers, storage, networking and applications to a Virtual Private Data Center.
Founded: January 2011
What they do: Develop IaaS platforms.
What they do: Develop virtualization security tools.
Founded: April, 2009
What they do: Offers a cloud storage service.
What they do: Develop “Software-Defined Security” solutions for virtual, cloud and mobile environments.
Founded: 2010, but did not officially launch (and release product) until January 2013.
What they do: Provide cloud services, including IaaS, CDN and storage services.
Founded: July 2010
What they do: Develop network virtualization technologies.
What they do: Helps businesses create their own private clouds.
Funding: $5 million from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, True Ventures, Divergent Ventures.
What they do: Develop cloud-based telephony hosting apps and services.
Founded: December 2011
18. Ravello Systems
What they do: Provides a service that enables developers to replicate their existing applications, without any changes, and deploy them to any public or private cloud.
19. SaaS Markets
What they do: Provides the infrastructure that enterprises can use to launch app stores.
What they do: Develop billing platforms for cloud and SaaS services.
Founded: 2008; however, the company didn’t officially launch until 2011, when they released their first product, TRACT billing.
21. Veeva Systems
What they do: Provides cloud-based CRM and content management services for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.
What they do: Provide disaster recovery (DR) services for cloud-based applications and infrastructures.
What they do: Develops cloud-based analytic software to measure “social enterprise intelligence.”
What they do: Provide cloud-based storage and collaboration tools.
What they do: Provide cloud security tools.