10 Innovative Cloud-Based Start-ups
The growth of cloud computing over the last five years has seen a rapid increase in the number of start-up companies in the sector. Many of these start-ups are doing unique things that are changing the landscape of the cloud industry itself and establishing themselves as new market leaders in the process.
The list of interesting companies is endless, but here we take a look at ten which grabbed our attention…
The launch of Microsoft’s Office 365 heralded a new era for the ubiquitous productivity suite, as the company unified its various apps into an always-up-to-date cloud service – but migration to the system could be tedious and problematic. SkyKick was launched in 2013 with the aim of helping SMEs quickly move from legacy systems to Office 365. The app can migrate everything from the legacy email system and architecture to the data and settings.
VigyanLabs is an Indian start-up that was founded in 2010 by a team of specialists in high-performance computing. The company provide solutions aimed at reducing the massive power consumption of global data centres. By using intelligent power management VigyanLabs can now reduce usage by up to 40 percent.
With the aim of accommodating the physical scale of big data and web and mobile applications, Nebula has developed a cloud computing hardware appliance that can turn customers’ racks of standard servers into a private cloud. Built on OpenStack framework, the open source architecture is designed to help prevent vendor lock-in.
After being founded in 2011, Piston OpenStack has received funding from industry leaders such as CISCO Systems and Swisscom Ventures to help develop their private cloud operating system. The system is highly scalable and focuses on ease of use and advanced security features for highly regulated environments.
AtomOrbit is an innovator BYOD solutions. Their flagship software – TeamFusion – has been designed around Microsoft SharePoint and provides an agnostic feature-rich user experience on a device of any size. The HTML5 web-app pulls SharePoint data like announcements, lists, calendars, blogs and events and presents it on a single dashboard.
CloudVelocity offers the only fully automated solution for deploying Windows and Linux multi-tier apps and services into the cloud without the need for modification or virtualization. After being founded in late 2012 the company have already raised more than $18 million in Series A and B funding.
Classle is an entirely cloud-based education provider. The company was founded with the idea of providing post-secondary education to people living in rural areas of third-world countries. Built using open source technologies, students can access content, attend live online classes, review audio and video recordings, ask questions and consult experts on topics they choose.
8. Codename One
Since launching in 2012, Codename One already powers 25 million devices. Operating in the rapid application development market, the platform allows developers make their apps work across iOS, Android, Windows, and RIM while only having to write the code once using Java.
Working in the cloud-based teleconferencing industry, Revolve Robotics enables users to look around the room they are conferencing with, including on the opposite side of the connection. The web app allows users to design their own meeting room including personalised saved positions and titles for each team member. The camera can be controlled through any web-capable device.
With the increase of BYOD it is becoming ever more important for companies to effectively monitor the various security levels of the multitude of apps being used. Airpost allows IT administrators understand all the cloud services being used in their organisation and implement advanced controls to manage and enforce security policies.
What do you are think are some of the most interesting start-ups in the cloud-based sector? Have we missed off your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.
By Daniel Price
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