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5 Cloud Companies That Might Give Amazon and Rackspace Run for Their Money

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A never heard technology in 2009 to a 150 billion dollar industry, this is the journey cloud have tread in the last five years and if trends are to be believed this number is only going to grow. The major chunk of the figure mentioned goes through the hands of Rackspace and Amazon. They literally rule the industry but with Google and Microsoft churning out services, you would not bet against them to dethrone the two giants.

There are a lot of other companies that are providing cloud services, some of which seriously mean business. They might not have a fancy name of Amazon or trust built by Google, but what they have are the services to match the big American giants. Letâs find out which five companies can usurp the biggies:

Cloud Lock

This Waltham based company provides data security and encryption on top of Google apps and Salesforce.com. The firm was founded in 2007 but was re-branded in 2010. The management includes Gil Zimmerman, a former Sun employee and Tsahy Shapsa, formerly at Sun and Network appliances.

The security in the cloud is the biggest factor why people are shying away from employing it and CloudLock focuses exactly on that issue. It scans all your documents in Google Drive or Salesforce.com and checks if enough encryption is in place or not. It does not open the docs, to make it secure and maintain the safety of consumerâs content.

Cloud Munch

Seattle based Cloud Munch was founded in 2011 by Pradeep Prabhu and Prasanna Raghavendra both the former employees of Infosys. Cloud Munch provides Application Lifecycle management solutions. The software are targeted at DevOps and agile development processes.

One interesting fact about this firm is that it has no central office. Its workforce is completely distributed globally and the workers work from home. That is a company I would want to work with.

This company provides an infrastructure which helps the developers and customers work on the same project in real time. This enables the developers in knowing the customersâ needs and on the other hand the user gets to know the resources required to run the software that is being built.

Cloud Physics

This competitor was started in 2011 in Mountain View by VMwareâs John Blumenthal and three others. This firm provides Big data analytics using a SaaS platform. The idea behind the formation of this venture was typical of many start-ups. Long Story short, an intelligent techie working at a big company analyses the problem faced by companyâs employees and decides to solve those issues. And he has a big venture himself.

Cloud Physics asks its users to download a virtual appliance which is then integrated with every virtual operation that is taking place. Then the data from all the users are segregated and analyzed to determine which the good are and which are the bad things that are happening.

Cloud Volumes

This company focuses on Application virtualization and management. It was founded in 2011 by Raj Parekh, former VP of Sun, Matthew Connover and Shaun Coleman. It is based in Santa Clara.

This company offers solutions to those who have problem managing their IT applications. It aims at virtualizing everything except the OS, taking away the applications from hardware and network. Using their solution the applications can be deployed on one or hundred machine. When installed the software reads all the important data a databases or an application needs and creates a volume.

Digital Ocean

Founded in 2011 in New York by Ben Uretsky and Mitch Wainer, Digital Ocean provides public SaaS. The main USP of Digital Ocean is its competitive pricing. A base level machine is provided at $0.007 an hour, which is cheap, very cheap. According to Netcraft, Digital Ocean had more subscription at the end of 2013 than AWS. Now that is how you make a statement.

The names given are the companies that have found a major ally in cloud computing. They are using the technology to not only their benefit, but also to the benefit of the millions of users. The trends of these firms show that their success curve is on the up and if current conditions prevail we would be taking their name in the same breath as Amazon or Google.

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A never heard technology in 2009 to a 150 billion dollar industry, this is the journey cloud have tread in the last five years and if trends are to be believed this number is only going to grow. The major chunk of the figure mentioned goes through the hands of Rackspace and Amazon. They literally rule the industry but with Google and Microsoft churning out services, you would not bet against them to dethrone the two giants.

There are a lot of other companies that are providing cloud services, some of which seriously mean business. They might not have a fancy name of Amazon or trust built by Google, but what they have are the services to match the big American giants. Letâs find out which five companies can usurp the biggies:

Cloud Lock



This Waltham based company provides data security and encryption on top of Google apps and Salesforce.com. The firm was founded in 2007 but was re-branded in 2010. The management includes Gil Zimmerman, a former Sun employee and Tsahy Shapsa, formerly at Sun and Network appliances.

The security in the cloud is the biggest factor why people are shying away from employing it and CloudLock focuses exactly on that issue. It scans all your documents in Google Drive or Salesforce.com and checks if enough encryption is in place or not. It does not open the docs, to make it secure and maintain the safety of consumerâs content.

Cloud Munch

Seattle based Cloud Munch was founded in 2011 by Pradeep Prabhu and Prasanna Raghavendra both the former employees of Infosys. Cloud Munch provides Application Lifecycle management solutions. The software are targeted at DevOps and agile development processes.

One interesting fact about this firm is that it has no central office. Its workforce is completely distributed globally and the workers work from home. That is a company I would want to work with.

This company provides an infrastructure which helps the developers and customers work on the same project in real time. This enables the developers in knowing the customersâ needs and on the other hand the user gets to know the resources required to run the software that is being built.

Cloud Physics



This competitor was started in 2011 in Mountain View by VMwareâs John Blumenthal and three others. This firm provides Big data analytics using a SaaS platform. The idea behind the formation of this venture was typical of many start-ups. Long Story short, an intelligent techie working at a big company analyses the problem faced by companyâs employees and decides to solve those issues. And he has a big venture himself.

Cloud Physics asks its users to download a virtual appliance which is then integrated with every virtual operation that is taking place. Then the data from all the users are segregated and analyzed to determine which the good are and which are the bad things that are happening.

Cloud Volumes



This company focuses on Application virtualization and management. It was founded in 2011 by Raj Parekh, former VP of Sun, Matthew Connover and Shaun Coleman. It is based in Santa Clara.

This company offers solutions to those who have problem managing their IT applications. It aims at virtualizing everything except the OS, taking away the applications from hardware and network. Using their solution the applications can be deployed on one or hundred machine. When installed the software reads all the important data a databases or an application needs and creates a volume.

Digital Ocean



Founded in 2011 in New York by Ben Uretsky and Mitch Wainer, Digital Ocean provides public SaaS. The main USP of Digital Ocean is its competitive pricing. A base level machine is provided at $0.007 an hour, which is cheap, very cheap. According to Netcraft, Digital Ocean had more subscription at the end of 2013 than AWS. Now that is how you make a statement.

The names given are the companies that have found a major ally in cloud computing. They are using the technology to not only their benefit, but also to the benefit of the millions of users. The trends of these firms show that their success curve is on the up and if current conditions prevail we would be taking their name in the same breath as Amazon or Google.

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