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Top 10 Cloud Computing Startups

  • Top 10 Cloud Computing Startups

    Top 10 Cloud Computing Startups
    These are some of the most interesting and well-funded young startups doing business in the cloud.
  • 1. Rubrik

    1. Rubrik

    Founded: 2014

    Funding: $292 million

    Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.

    Website: Rubrik.com

    Rubrik claims to be the "market leader in cloud data management." Its solution handles data backup, recovery, archival, search, analytics, replication and compliance across hybrid cloud environments. Despite the fact that it has only been in existence for three years, Rubrik has accumulated a massive amount of funding and a huge array of accolades. For example, it won Best of Show and a Gold Award for Data Protection at VMworld 2017, and Gartner named it a "Visionary" in its Magic Quadrant report on data center backup and recovery solutions.

  • 2. Databricks

    2. Databricks

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $247 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: Databricks.com

    Founded by the UC Berkeley team behind Apache Spark, Databricks offers a unified, cloud-native analytics platform based on the open source Spark platform. Its solution runs the customer retention application at Viacom, inventory management at Shell, predictive maintenance at HP, the recommendation engine at Hotels.com, as well as real-time analytics at hundreds of other companies. The company continues to manage the Spark project, which is one of the most active in the open source community.

  • 3. Uptake

    3. Uptake

    Founded: 2014

    Funding: $146 million

    Headquarters: Chicago, Ill.

    Website: Uptake.com

    Uptake's solutions bring together three of the hottest trends in IT: cloud computing, the Industrial Internet of Things and big data analytics. It offers a SaaS predictive analytics solution for IIoT data that is used in the agriculture, aviation, construction, energy, fleet, heavy equipment, mining, oil and gas, rail and wind industries. The company has been garnering a lot of recognition lately, including being named to the top 25 of the Forbes Cloud 100, number five on the 2017 CNBC Disrupter 50 list, one of the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers of 2017, and a "Cool Vendor" on Gartner's 2017 IoT solutions report.

  • 4. Mesosphere

    4. Mesosphere

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $122.3 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: Mesosphere.com

    Part of the trends toward containers and infrastructure as code, Mesosphere offers DC/OS, an infrastructure management system based on the open source Apache Mesos software. It essentially treats an entire data center or cloud environment as a single supercomputer. Mesosphere's customers include Verizon, Royal Caribbean, NBC Universal, Bloomberg, Yelp and Yammer, and in 2016 Gartner named it a "Cool Vendor" in cloud infrastructure.

  • 5. Vlocity

    5. Vlocity

    Founded: 2014

    Funding: $92.8 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: Vlocity.com

    Vlocity offers industry-specific cloud-based software built on the Salesforce.com platform. Its omnichannel apps meet the unique needs of organizations in the communications and media, insurance and financial services, and health insurance industries, as well as the public sector. Its customers include Anthem, New York Life and Telus. It claims to be one of the fastest-growing Salesforce partners and was named to the Forbes Cloud 100.

  • 6. Confluent

    6. Confluent

    Founded: 2014

    Funding: $80.9 million

    Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.

    Website: Confluent.io

    Part of the trend toward streaming analytics, Confluent was founded by the team behind Apache Kafka, and its platform is built on the same technology. Its solutions include Confluent Cloud, a SaaS version of Kafka that is easy to deploy very quickly. Confluent's customers include Airbnb, Netflix, Goldman Sachs, LinkedIn, Microsoft, The New York Times and Target.

  • 7. Stratoscale

    7. Stratoscale

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $69 million

    Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

    Website: Stratoscale.com

    For organizations deploying hybrid cloud environments, Stratoscale makes it easy to set up AWS-compatible infrastructure on premises with its Symphony solution. It also offers several cloud services, including an application catalog, Kubernetes as a service, database as a service, load balancer as a service, cloud monitoring and identity and access management. The company is very involved in open source, particularly the OpenStack project. And it recently received the VMworld Best of Show 2017 Gold Award for revolutionary cloud infrastructure.

  • 8. SecurityScorecard

    8. SecurityScorecard

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $62.2 million

    Headquarters: New York

    Website: SecurityScorecard.com

    In today's highly interconnected business environment, companies don't only need to worry about securing their own environment, they also need to be sure that their partners' and suppliers' networks are protected as well. SecurityScorecord offers cloud-based software that evaluates any company's security posture and assigns it a grade, A-F. Organizations can use it to evaluate themselves or companies with whom they would like to do business. SecurityScorecard's customers include McDonalds, Pepsi, Intuit, SallieMae, Symantec and many other organizations.

  • 9. Sysdig

    9. Sysdig

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $53 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: Sysdig.com

    Sysdig describes its product as a "container intelligence program" and says that it offers "the first unified approach to container security, monitoring and forensics." It has two key products: Sysdig Monitor, which monitors the security and performance of Docker deployments, and Sysdig Secure, which can identify, block and analyze unauthorized activity in containerized environments.

  • 10. CoreOS

    10. CoreOS

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $50 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: CoreOS.com

    Another heavyweight in the containerization space, CoreOS is the company behind the open source CoreOS Linux distribution and is also heavily involved with the Kubernetes project. Its commercial offerings include Tectonic, which is an enterprise distribution of Kubernetes, and the Quay container registry. It also sells support subscriptions and training for CoreOS.

  • 11. Honorable Mention

    11. Honorable Mention

    Companies considered for this slideshow that didn't make the top 10 included, Platform9 Systems, Velostrata, Twistlock and Hypergrid

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Top 10 Cloud Computing Startups

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  • Top 10 Cloud Computing Startups

    Top 10 Cloud Computing Startups

    These are some of the most interesting and well-funded young startups doing business in the cloud.
  • 1. Rubrik

    1. Rubrik

    Founded: 2014

    Funding: $292 million

    Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.

    Website: Rubrik.com

    Rubrik claims to be the "market leader in cloud data management." Its solution handles data backup, recovery, archival, search, analytics, replication and compliance across hybrid cloud environments. Despite the fact that it has only been in existence for three years, Rubrik has accumulated a massive amount of funding and a huge array of accolades. For example, it won Best of Show and a Gold Award for Data Protection at VMworld 2017, and Gartner named it a "Visionary" in its Magic Quadrant report on data center backup and recovery solutions.

  • 2. Databricks

    2. Databricks

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $247 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: Databricks.com

    Founded by the UC Berkeley team behind Apache Spark, Databricks offers a unified, cloud-native analytics platform based on the open source Spark platform. Its solution runs the customer retention application at Viacom, inventory management at Shell, predictive maintenance at HP, the recommendation engine at Hotels.com, as well as real-time analytics at hundreds of other companies. The company continues to manage the Spark project, which is one of the most active in the open source community.

  • 3. Uptake

    3. Uptake

    Founded: 2014

    Funding: $146 million

    Headquarters: Chicago, Ill.

    Website: Uptake.com

    Uptake's solutions bring together three of the hottest trends in IT: cloud computing, the Industrial Internet of Things and big data analytics. It offers a SaaS predictive analytics solution for IIoT data that is used in the agriculture, aviation, construction, energy, fleet, heavy equipment, mining, oil and gas, rail and wind industries. The company has been garnering a lot of recognition lately, including being named to the top 25 of the Forbes Cloud 100, number five on the 2017 CNBC Disrupter 50 list, one of the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers of 2017, and a "Cool Vendor" on Gartner's 2017 IoT solutions report.

  • 4. Mesosphere

    4. Mesosphere

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $122.3 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: Mesosphere.com

    Part of the trends toward containers and infrastructure as code, Mesosphere offers DC/OS, an infrastructure management system based on the open source Apache Mesos software. It essentially treats an entire data center or cloud environment as a single supercomputer. Mesosphere's customers include Verizon, Royal Caribbean, NBC Universal, Bloomberg, Yelp and Yammer, and in 2016 Gartner named it a "Cool Vendor" in cloud infrastructure.

  • 5. Vlocity

    5. Vlocity

    Founded: 2014

    Funding: $92.8 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: Vlocity.com

    Vlocity offers industry-specific cloud-based software built on the Salesforce.com platform. Its omnichannel apps meet the unique needs of organizations in the communications and media, insurance and financial services, and health insurance industries, as well as the public sector. Its customers include Anthem, New York Life and Telus. It claims to be one of the fastest-growing Salesforce partners and was named to the Forbes Cloud 100.

  • 6. Confluent

    6. Confluent

    Founded: 2014

    Funding: $80.9 million

    Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.

    Website: Confluent.io

    Part of the trend toward streaming analytics, Confluent was founded by the team behind Apache Kafka, and its platform is built on the same technology. Its solutions include Confluent Cloud, a SaaS version of Kafka that is easy to deploy very quickly. Confluent's customers include Airbnb, Netflix, Goldman Sachs, LinkedIn, Microsoft, The New York Times and Target.

  • 7. Stratoscale

    7. Stratoscale

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $69 million

    Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

    Website: Stratoscale.com

    For organizations deploying hybrid cloud environments, Stratoscale makes it easy to set up AWS-compatible infrastructure on premises with its Symphony solution. It also offers several cloud services, including an application catalog, Kubernetes as a service, database as a service, load balancer as a service, cloud monitoring and identity and access management. The company is very involved in open source, particularly the OpenStack project. And it recently received the VMworld Best of Show 2017 Gold Award for revolutionary cloud infrastructure.

  • 8. SecurityScorecard

    8. SecurityScorecard

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $62.2 million

    Headquarters: New York

    Website: SecurityScorecard.com

    In today's highly interconnected business environment, companies don't only need to worry about securing their own environment, they also need to be sure that their partners' and suppliers' networks are protected as well. SecurityScorecord offers cloud-based software that evaluates any company's security posture and assigns it a grade, A-F. Organizations can use it to evaluate themselves or companies with whom they would like to do business. SecurityScorecard's customers include McDonalds, Pepsi, Intuit, SallieMae, Symantec and many other organizations.

  • 9. Sysdig

    9. Sysdig

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $53 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: Sysdig.com

    Sysdig describes its product as a "container intelligence program" and says that it offers "the first unified approach to container security, monitoring and forensics." It has two key products: Sysdig Monitor, which monitors the security and performance of Docker deployments, and Sysdig Secure, which can identify, block and analyze unauthorized activity in containerized environments.

  • 10. CoreOS

    10. CoreOS

    Founded: 2013

    Funding: $50 million

    Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

    Website: CoreOS.com

    Another heavyweight in the containerization space, CoreOS is the company behind the open source CoreOS Linux distribution and is also heavily involved with the Kubernetes project. Its commercial offerings include Tectonic, which is an enterprise distribution of Kubernetes, and the Quay container registry. It also sells support subscriptions and training for CoreOS.

  • 11. Honorable Mention

    11. Honorable Mention

    Companies considered for this slideshow that didn't make the top 10 included, Platform9 Systems, Velostrata, Twistlock and Hypergrid

The cloud computing market continues to expand at a very rapid pace. According to the latest numbers from IDC, the public cloud market grew 28.6 percent in the first half of 2017, generating $63.2 billion in revenue. And those figures don't include the highly lucrative software as a service (SaaS) market, which Gartner predicts will be worth $46.3 million this year and $75.7 million by 2020.

With so much money at play, entrepreneurs have rushed to start new companies with cloud-related products and services, and investors have poured funding into the space.

The following slides highlight 10 of the most interesting young cloud computing startups. In order to be considered for the list, companied had to be founded in 2013 or later, and they had to offer products that are clearly related to cloud computing. They also had to have attracted substantial funding and couldn't have gone public yet. They are listed in order of their total funding as reported in Crunchbase.

Many of these startups are related to the hottest areas of IT, such as big data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), containers, machine learning and infrastructure as code. Interestingly, many of them also offer products based on open source software, which continues to be very important within the cloud computing market.

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