15 cloud companies to watch

By Beth Schultz, Network World |  Software

"This is a great solution if you need a lower entry point on technical expertise or time," says Steven Peltzman, CIO of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), referring to CloudShare Pro and its ease of use in setting up and tearing down IT environments for testing or production support. "This is drag and drop and you're off – lots easier to interface and get started with than with bigger, burlier cloud solutions." 

For example, he says, "I could easily whip up a few servers to run a disaster recovery exercise, prove what we need to prove and give the servers back."

Besides the disaster recovery potential, MoMA and other museums could use CloudShare for occasions when they need to share applications.

Who heads the company? Founder Zvi Guterman, formerly CTO of Safend, an endpoint data protection company he co-founded.

How company got into cloud computing: Founders say they launched CloudShare to address the frustration and inefficiencies they encountered in their daily jobs in trying to use IT. The aim was to enable users to spend less time on operational tasks and more on those related to creating business value, they say.

Crosscheck NetworksHeadquarters: Newton, Mass.What it offers: CloudPort, a cloud simulation productHow much it costs: $4,999

Why we're watching the company: Service-oriented architecture (SOA) testing companies have begun rounding out their product lines with tools aimed at giving IT organizations more confidence as they plan for application migrations to the cloud. The product can also ease the infrastructure and cost burdens of building out lab environments.

With CloudPort, developers can profile and measure the impacts of moving to cloud platforms while modeling the risk and cost benefits, the company says. From a central console, the tool provides information about cloud providers such as performance metrics, geographic latency and service initiation times; outages and application error states; and security, capacity and interoperability. Plus, it offers the ability to run what-if modeling scenarios. It leverages cloud instances from Amazon EC2, OpSource Cloud, GoGrid and Rackspace, and says its pay-as-you-go model lets enterprises realize cost savings of up to 60% when compared to reference architectures, while compressing the services life cycle and reducing time-to-market.

Who heads the company: CEO Mamoon Yunus, who founded Forum Systems, where he pioneered Web services security gateways and firewalls.

How the company got into cloud computing: Crosscheck comes from the Web services/SOA testing world. As SOA and virtualization come together in the cloud, adding cloud testing tools to its portfolio was a logical next step.


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