Terremark WorldwideHeadquarters: MiamiWhat it offers: Enterprise Cloud, a high-end hosted private cloud, plus vCloud Express, a pay-as-you-go cloud service aimed at development teams and departmental needsHow much it costs: Enterprise Cloud custom pricing depends on the size of the dedicated resource pool; vCloud Express pricing depends on a number of factors, such as the number and type of servers used and the amount of storage required, but starts as low as 3.6 cents per hour.
Why we're watching it: Terremark is about as good of a representative of hosted private cloud model – an appealing option for enterprises that want the benefits of cloud computing without the hassle of maintaining the infrastructure internally -- as it gets. In a recent test conducted by ExtremeLabs for Network World, testers found Terremark delivered speed and offered the best administrative portal, as well as the lowest cost of clouds tested. "Terremark's rapid speed of delivery (three days) earned the product high marks as it delivered quickly and to spec — all things we like in a cloud vendor," the testers said.
Who heads the company: Manuel Medina, who has served as CEO since founding Terremark 30 years ago.
How the company got into cloud computing: Cloud computing represents a natural extension of the company's longstanding utility computing architecture and IT infrastructure services business.
ViewfinityHeadquarters: Waltham, Mass.What it offers: Viewfinity, a SaaS suite for systems management, privilege management and user migration capabilitiesHow much it costs: Viewfinity Systems Management is free for up to 50 PCs, and then $48 per desktop per year; Viewfinity Privilege Management costs $28 per desktop annually; Viewfinity User Migration, which targets moves from Windows XP and Vista to Windows 7, was free through April as a promotion
Why we're watching it: At most enterprises today, a far greater percentage of the budget goes toward keeping systems up and running than toward business-enhancing initiatives. Viewfinity, by enabling client device management from the cloud rather than from an internal systems management infrastructure, can ease the burden.
Once an organization has registered for the cloud service and has installed agent software on target client devices, systems administrators can perform typical desktop tasks via the Viewfinity software delivery platform over secure Web links. The agent install is an on-demand process using existing Active Directory and network infrastructure, and completes within minutes.