85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud: Page 8

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76) Enki
Enki may be smaller than many of the companies offering utility computing services, but that seems to fit their target market—small- to medium-sized business. They focus on providing pay-as-you-go cloud computing resources for companies that need to start small and ramp up.

Enki also offers consulting services and outsourced operations based on 3Tera's AppLogic.

Notable: While it does contain some of the to-be-expected company hype, Enki's blog also does a great job explaining some of the finer points of cloud computing. In particular, you might want to check out the Cloud Computing 101 series.

77) CloudScale
We’re taking a bit of a flyer on CloudScale. The somewhat chatty (for still being in stealth mode) early stage startup promises to bring “real-time analytics to everyone – unleashing creativity and ‘turning real-time data into action’ everywhere.”

The company was founded by Bill McColl, who left the Oxford University Computing Lab to start the company. McColl had been Professor of Computer Science and Chairman of the Faculty of Computer Science at Oxford.

Notable: Opened in January of this year, CloudScale plans to launch later this year. The company claims that its technology will be as easy to use as a spreadsheet and will enable users “grappling with information overload to focus on only the most relevant real-time data and events of interest to them, with seamless integration from desktop or mobile clients to real-time intercloud analytics.” Besides McColl, CloudScale’s management team also features Tony Faustini, who serves as VP of Business Development and Product Management and who was most recently with Microsoft Silicon Valley.

78) Hosting.com/HostMySite.com
Formerly known as CloudNine, Hosting.com's Cloud Enterprise solution lists flexibility, scalability, and efficiency as its key features. Services are hosted in five fully redundant data centers strategically spread throughout the US (Denver, CO; Irvine, CA; Louisville, KY; Newark, NJ; and San Francisco, CA). Although the company continues to do business as Hosting.com, in May of this year it was acquired by HostMySite.com.

Notable: Last fall, Hosting.com secured an additional $2 million in funding from CapitalSouth Partners, and in April, it announced an important partnership with VMware.

79) 3Tera
3Tera’s ambitious tagline, “Cloud Computing without Compromise,” refers to its AppLogic product, which is a grid operating system whose goal is to free clients from the constraints of specific hardware-software combinations. AppLogic enables applications to be assembled using completely self-contained software elements, which 3Tera refers to as virtual appliances. When an application starts working, its virtual infrastructure is created dynamically. In this scenario, an application is considerably more scalable.

This freedom from traditional hardware-software is a main theme of cloud computing – one of the many ways that the cloud upsets the existing status quo.

Notable: The company is partnering with RedPeak solutions, a cloud computing consultancy, to provide cloud service to enterprise customers. 3Tera’s customer list includes BT, a networked IT services provider, and Contegix, which provides hosting solutions for enterprise applications.

80) Appistry
Appistry's flagship product is the CloudIQ Platform, which aims to make it easier for companies to use both public and private clouds. CloudIQ Platform incorporates the CloudIQ Manager, which was released earlier this year and makes it possible for enterprises to migrate existing applications to public and private clouds.

In July 2009, Appistry won an American Business Award as the "Most Innovative Company of the Year in Computer Software and Services Industries," and Gartner's Massimo Pezzini has called their solutions "fresh, radical, and powerful technology."

Notable: In 2008, Appistry reported 200 percent year over year growth and expanded its list of Fortune 500 clients, which includes FedEx, Lockheed Martin, General Electric and Northrop Grumman.

81) 10Gen
10Gen provides commercial support for the open source MongoDB database. MongoDB is well-suited for a high volume, low value data like a Web site’s data store, and not so adapt for highly transactional systems like banking, which need a good old-fashioned (costly) relational database.

In the lean and low-cost world of cloud computing – especially for SMBs and developers looking to incorporate a cheap database into a larger solution – MongoDB serves a real need.

Notable: 10Gen has attracted $1.5 million in venture funding from New York-based Union Square Ventures. The company was co-founded by Kevin Ryan, the onetime CEO of DoubleClick.

82) Workday
Workday delivers enterprise-class HR, business management and financial software as on-demand services. If not for an impressive leadership pedigree and a ton of VC money, we may not have included Workday in this roundup. Nearly every SaaS player is starting to throw around the term “cloud,” after all, but that doesn’t necessarily make them drivers of the space.

Workday, however, was founded in March 2005 by former PeopleSoft founder and CEO Dave Duffield, who serves as CEO and Chief Customer Advocate, and former PeopleSoft Chief Strategist, Aneel Bhusri, who serves as President.

In April, the company secured a $75 million series E round of funding from New Enterprise Associates, Greylock Partners and Duffield.

Notable: Workday was founded after Oracle snatched up PeopleSoft for $10.3 billion in a hostile takeover. In the SaaS and cloud space, Workday most closely competes with – surprise, surprise – NetSuite, an Ellison-founded company. Workday has 80+ customers, some of them former PeopleSoft clients poached from Oracle. Customers include StoneRiver, Chiquita Brands and Sony Pictures.

83) Wyse Technology
Wyse Technology refers to itself as a “thin computing,” rather than cloud computing company. With Wyse’s solution, organizations can replace PCs with thin or “zero” clients, which results in reduced costs and streamlined device management.

Wyse’s “zero client computing” solution requires no local OS on the end unit. Instead, any device-side information is provisioned to the client desktop “when it is powered up, based on the worker’s role in the organization.”

In July, Wyse released its Virtual Desktop Accelerator (VDA) , which is intended to overcome latency issues associated with cloud-hosted applications.

According to Wyse, most hosted applications are typically 100-300 miles away from end users, a distance near enough to avoid latency and packet-loss issues. However, as more and more applications are moved to distant cloud-computing centers, content delivery and application performance become problems.

Because of these issues, businesses are forced to maintain multiple data centers to handle all geographies. Wyse claims that its VDA “virtually eliminates these geographic constraints by accelerating network protocols up to three times in order to greatly enhance remote end-user productivity and experience in virtualized settings.”

Notable: Tarkan Maner, President, CEO and Chief Customer Advocate, previously led marketing, product management, business development, and strategic business alliance initiatives at Computer Associates. The majority of Wyse’s customers are in the education, government and health care sectors, although they are well represented in such other verticals as call centers and financial institutions. Customers include Americall Group, Gold’s Gym, Harvard University’s Physics Department and Norton Healthcare.

84) Savvis
Savvis has built a name for itself as a hosting provider. In 2002, when Intel decided to exit the hosting business, Savvis was selected by Intel to provide hosting and network services to their clients. Two years later Savvis acquired the assets of Cable & Wireless USA, which included 3,000 enterprise customers, 15 data centers and a Tier 1 backbone. Savvis now has over 2,000 employees and 28 data centers.

Leveraging current trends, the company also now has a cloud-related side of the business. Savvis fits into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud niche. Savvis’s Cloud Compute combines the company’s traditional secure hosting service with expandable automated provisioning and virtualization technologies. SavvisStation Portal allows customers to deploy services and application and step them up or down depending on usage.

Notable: Savvis claims its customers include 40 percent of the Fortune 100. Gartner has named the company a "leader" in its Magic Quadrant for Web Hosting and Hosted Cloud System Infrastructure Services. Savvis is led by CEO Phil Koen, who previously served as President and CEO of Equinix.

85) Joyent
Clearly, the world of cloud computing changes quickly, which means that some vendors shift focus just as quickly. Sausalito-based firm Joyent in mid August sold two of its hosting services, BingoDisk and Strongspace, instead deciding to focus on cloud services and Web apps. That was probably a smart move – hosting tends to be a commodity play, with less room to grow than the services sector. Touting itself as “enterprise class cloud computing,” the company hopes to give Amazon Web Services some stiff competition. To this end, Joyent and Sun’s database teams have partnered to create what they call Virtual Appliance templates for MySQL. The result, claims Joyent: Performance benchmarks demonstrate that Joyent's Virtual Appliance for MySQL can deliver 3 times the number of Transactions per Second than comparable deployments of XEN-based clouds, such as Amazon's EC2.” Of course never everyone agrees on benchmark tests – they can be done any number of ways. But it’s still an impressive sales claim. One of Joyent’s competitors is Engine Yard, which also offers Ruby on Rails infrastructure services.

Notable: Joyent co-founder and CEO David Young worked at Moody’s Investor Service, and was also co-founder and CTO of manageStar, an enterprise services management software firm. Mark Mayo, the company’s VP of engineering, was the Director of Grid Computing at the Genome Sciences Center. Joyent’s management team blogs at the Joyeur blog.

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