"It's a dashboard with visibility," Lillie says about using Skyhigh. "It's about knowing that you don't know." Cloud services of all varieties are now a way of life and productive for the enterprise, which can no longer be seen as "the castle with the moat around it," he points out.
Skyhigh's service classifies cloud services into types, such as storage or CRM, and there's a risk-scoring method that is helpful to the CIO and the information security manager, he notes. While Equinix also finds Websense to be a great tool for enterprise monitoring, it's required scripting to do the kind of cloud discovery process that Skyhigh is focused on. Lillie says he finds Skyhigh augments the Websense monitoring he does very well.
Forrester analyst Chenxi Wang says she's not aware of any similar service as Skyhigh's.
"What they did is essentially productized what people have been doing manually (and not very successfully). I think it addresses an immediate pain point," she commented. "Many enterprises would have need for a service like this, so they can understand better their risks associated with the use of cloud services and begin to manage that risk."
Gupta says he doesn't find it particularly unusual to see companies with "more than 200 cloud services, some more than 1,000" these days.
Skyhigh Networks also disclosed that it has $6.7 million in venture-capital funding, with Greylock accounting for $6.5 million of that.
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