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Japan’s Cloud Computing Services Market to Report Five-fold Growth by 2014

Cloud Computing Services Market to Report Five-fold Growth by 2014

Japan’s market for cloud computing services is developing rapidly adding 41.9 percent in a single year, reaching USD 540 million in 2010, a report by IDC Japan showed. Cloud computing services will continue to grow in Japan in the years to come, expanding to USD 1.8 billion in 2014, IDC analysts predicted.

Such a rapid development shows that the market for cloud computing services will grow five-fold in only five years, highlighting a trend analysts cannot ignore, and showing that regardless of cloud services market fragmentation companies are starting to realize the full potential cloud computing offers.

Japan’s vendors are looking at specialization as a way to gain competitive advantage, the report showed, for cloud computing is not a way to sell universal services anymore. Customers managed to realize that a new technology trend could be advantageous but solutions offered are not a panacea regarding specific company needs.  Hence, Japanese providers of cloud computing services started to offer tailor-made products aimed at exacting customers who are ready to accept that existing IT infrastructure and software deployment are insufficient to meet the requirements of a fast-developing enterprise. One of the characteristics of cloud services is self-service, facilitating the users’ access to the service and eliminating the need for complicated procedures, Satoshi Matsumoto, research manager, IT Services, IDC Japan, explained in a press release. Obviously, a growing number of cloud computing service providers are heading this way by offering custom-made solutions to cover market niches that were ignored by “traditional” software and hardware giants.

Bearing in mind that Japan is among the most technologically developed nations in today’s world, we can see a well pictured trend here: a growing market that is eager to reward new market players provided that they have something to offer to companies which are still unsure what technology is more advantageous.

A five-fold growth of Japan’s cloud computing services market in less than five years, as IDC analysts forecast, is an alarming signal. A market of USD 1.8 billion a year is not a market you would ignore in terms of market potential and strength. Additionally, Japan is well known for its ability to adopt new technologies in a very beneficial manner and it is hard to believe that Japanese entrepreneurs and home-grown companies will miss the chance to take advantage of a competitive technology.

Sure, North America tops the ladder of cloud computing service providers and you can bet that other countries will not compete with the United States on equal terms in the foreseeable future (the country still enjoys huge customer-driven capital inflows locally). However, like in any other market, the future is not always bright for those who deployed a technology first – Japanese companies proved they are extremely adaptable and the growing market for cloud computing services is just a sign something is changing in the way companies do business.

Ironically, the day the IDC report was published showed a continuing 3-months drop in stock prices of leading U.S.-based cloud computing mastodons like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce. Rackspace was an exception to the rule, with shares gaining in value, but trading signals are mixed, too. Stock market forecasting is a tricky one, though. However, fundamentals are rarely misleading and Japan’s cloud computing services market is showing great growth potential.

By Kiril Kirilov

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: Cloudmore

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: Cloudmore

Headed by Michael Wicander, who co-founded Cloudmore in 2004, the Swedish company managed to establish itself as one of the leading providers of cloud services in Europe in less than a decade. Headquartered in Stockholm, the company has particularly strong positions in the Nordic markets as well as in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It benefited from the booming Software as a Service (SaaS) market, starting its operations on time to be able to ride the first wave of cloud-based services in a relatively underdeveloped market niche (at that time). At present, it is among the fastest growing cloud service providers in Europe and we can expect overseas expansion soon as a natural move to set foot in new markets.

Cloudmore offers a white labeled service and boasts no minimum commitments or restrictive contracts. A major characteristic of its business model, however, is that the company’s services are available only through an extended network of resellers, which is constantly growing. At present, more than 700 resellers offer Cloudmore’s services while over 60,000 users worldwide are using their system.

The company provides various services including hosted dynamics CRM, Sharepoint services WSS, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), F-Secure PSB, Connected PC backup, LiveVault server backup, MXSweep email security, hosted DNS services, hosted FTP site, Cryptzone and recently added Soonr Workplace.

Their Virtual Private Cloud Service (VPC Service) is designed to offer new scenarios to utilize virtual servers in a real production environment, the company explains, adding that the service is a significant advancement over standard virtual servers (VPS) accessed over the internet. Its VPC solution enables companies to connect locally installed and remote applications utilizing centralized management, reducing hardware and management costs.

On the security front, the company offers F-Secure Protection Service for Business aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, which provides workstation and server security backed by F-Secure. E-mail and server security is also integrated in Cloudmore’s cloud-based solutions. The entire security solution is part of the company’s Cloud Services Subscription (CSUB) offerings – CSUB Personal and .CSUB Group.

Communication and collaboration solutions feature hosted exchange, hosted SharePoint, FTP file share as well security and backup functionality. Additional services include Iron Mountain digital server backup and Iron Mountain connected desktop backup complemented by F-Secure – server  security and F-Secure desktop security. E-mail protection is secured by MX Sweep while Cryptzone provides email, USB and laptop protection.

Cloudmore’s application package comprises hosted CRM, Soonr backup and collaboration, IT service, virtual private cloud, virtual servers, hosted DNS Services and Cloud Services Subscription (CSUB).

Such a wide spectrum of cloud services boosted company’s growth during with Cloudmore reporting average service growth of 15 percent in the twelve months ending in April 2009. The company managed to build large reseller networks in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Ireland and Great Britain.

In January 2011, the company announced partnership with U.S.-based Soonr to offer its Soonr Workplace solution, providing team collaboration and sharing capabilities in the cloud through its data centers within the EU.
Cloudmore’s solution is not unique in the SaaS market, really, but entrepreneurs can learn from  Michael Wicander’s business and marketing model that relies on an extended network of resellers. The company did not reach its full potential in the field of cloud services but can be a leading market player despite the fierce competition from peers in Europe and the United States.

By Kiril Kirilov

EquaTerra Survey Reveals Steady Growth of Cloud Computing Outsourcing in 2011

Growth of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing will dominate IT outsourcing market while demand for outsourcing and third-party services is expected to grow moderately in 2011, the fourth quarter 2010 Pulse survey by EquaTerra revealed. The survey reflects business and IT service market activity during fourth quarter of last year, and those polled include global business and IT service providers like ACS, a Xerox company, Atos Origin, Caliber Point, Capgemini, Ceridian, Cognizant, CSC, HCL Technologies, HP, IBM, ICG Commerce, Mercer, Outsource Partners International, Steria, Syntel, TCS, and Wipro.

The Pulse surveys focus on using outsourcing and other third-party services to support the following functional areas: customer care/call center, finance & accounting (F&A), human resources (HR), information technology (IT), knowledge process outsourcing (KPO), procurement/ source-to-pay, and vertical industry business services.

Overall, BPO (business process outsourcing) and ITO market demand in the last quarter followed the same trend of slow pace of growth reported previous quarters in 2010, the survey showed. The use of cloud computing as a means to enable outsourcing or in lieu of outsourcing in some cases continues to become more prevalent, EquaTerra analysts concluded. The survey also showed that it is quite improbable to witness new mega-outsourcing deals in foreseeable future due to a more pragmatic, realistic and cautious approach in using third-party services.

Vertical industry services as well as functional and process ares are more likely to report significant outsourcing growth since these areas did not enjoy such massive outsourcing in the past. The challenge ahead of buyers will be their ability to manage multiple outsourcing engagements and growing number of relationships with service providers, the survey said.

Those polled cite the following main challenges:

  • Retained organization, relationship management and outsourcing governance
  • – Inadequate executive and management support
  • – Change management concerns
  • Internal political pressure

The top trends that will dominate the IT sector and IT service market in 2011 include the following:

  • Cloud computing overall
  • Cloud computing in lieu of outsourcing
  • Global sourcing/globalization
  • Poor economic conditions, debt crisis, etc. driving MORE outsourcing
  • Social media/networks used for business purposes

Adoption of Cloud Computing will dominate the market in 2011 while buyers will switch their efforts to aspects of Cloud Computing like business case development and validation, pricing and pricing model assessment, legacy systems migration plans and time-line development, the survey showed.

Cloud computing uptake in 2011 will cover the following top expected areas of care:

  • SaaS (software as a service) desktop applications (e.g., email, collaboration, messaging). EquaTerra advisers ranked this aspect first while service provided voted it third
  • Infrastructure (e.g., data center services, storage,back-up, development/testing – IaaS (infrastructure as a service)/PaaS (platform as a service)): service providers acknowledge it is as the top aspect while EquaTerra advisers rank it second
  • SaaS customer relationship management (e.g., CRM, such as Salesforce.com)
  • Business process as a service (BPaaS) or cloud-based “platform BPO”

Overall, IT sector will witness further globalization of business and IT services in 2011, which is not unexpected, and buyers will diversify even more the locations of outsourcing services. Broader range of services will go offshore while the growth of global sourcing will keep its faster pace of growth challenging buyers’ abilities to manage these growing complex efforts, the report concluded.  Thus, potential benefits could be jeopardized and failed efforts would be observed.

By Kiril Kirilov

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: Flexiant

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: Flexiant

Flexiant is a company headquartered in Livingston, Scotland and offers its Cloud Computing platform FlexiScale within the United Kingdom since 2007. Actually, that was the first service of this kind in the UK launched in 2007 by XCalibre Communications Ltd., which was later acquired by Flexiant. The company offers its flagship product in two versions: FlexiScale is its public platform while Exility is a licensed product for date center owners.

The product is based on Europe’s first Cloud Computing platform that was rebuilt using Flexiant’s Extility technology. It was introduced in March 2010, and in end-November 2010 the company set foot in the U.S. market partnering with Phoenix Fire. The Extility platform was intended to serve the needs of the web-hosting industry and to be offered as a fundamental part of XCalibre’s public cloud offering, FlexiScale. Flexiant Limited has bet on further development of the product and at some stage Extility platform was made available to other operators.

Extility is a licensed virtualization platform offering utility cloud computing that allows users to re-configure their servers in a very short time while managing servers, clients and billing within the admin control panel. For its part, FlexiScale public cloud resellers and affiliates can benefit from white label interface, compatibility with major hosting platforms, shorter delivery time, and flexible server configuration. The platform offers the usual benefits of Cloud Computing that are well known: no capital expenditure, scalability, and improved reliability.

FlexiScale 2.0 platform is offered as a pay as you go service that supports all major operating systems. The company boasts instant set up and omnipotent control panel access, offering security and cost effectiveness.

The Extility platform offers deployment of white label systems that looks like its owned by the client as well as multiple options for billing system integration. All actions can be performed via an API or web interface while self-service is conducted through the Control Panel or API. Virtual Dedicated Servers can be started, stopped and deleted by users, and memory, storage and grow disks are re-sizable. The company utilizes a hierarchical architecture featuring tens of servers per node and up to 1,000 nodes per cluster. Security is achieved through VM isolation of virtual machines and security separation between a guest and a host is implemented via Xen + VT support.

The platform features central IP allocation function, multiple virtual NICs per virtual server as well as controlled provisioning of central firewall. Customers are secured via VPN & firewall software on customer OS, in addition to golden images of ‘appliance’ software creating virtual firewall, VPN, load balancer appliances plus private VLANs.

FlexiScale solution offers self-service provisioning of servers via web-based control panel or API with ability to rapidly launch additional servers based on FlexiScale’s operating system images or images created by users. It incorporates multi-tier architectures enabled by a high-speed internal multiple gigabit ethernet network. Memory and storage are re-sizable, the system is highly scalable and supports MS Windows Server as well as common versions of Linux.

Last September, the company managed to secure a second round of funding worth GBP 1 million while the first round of investment was completed in January, 2010. A group of ten angel investors backed Flexiant in the start of 2010, including Alex Bligh (co-founder of Nominet UK) who became CEO of Flexiant and Laurence Blackall, a driving force behind Pipex Communications, who was appointed Chairman of the company. The first round of funding secured initial GBP 1 million for Flexiant and boosted its business development efforts.

The second capital injection is aimed at further development of Extility, the company’s cloud computing technology, and its infrastructure-as-a-service offering, FlexiScale. “This investment will enable Flexiant to develop further our technology and to drive our sales process. At a time when the demand for this kind of technology far exceeds the availability of proven models such as Extility and FlexiScale, Flexiant is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this market place,”

-Alex Bligh, CEO of Flexiant, commented in a press release.

Flexiant is participating in a consortium to develop a pan-European cloud platform, under an EUR 3 million research program backed by the European Commission. Flexiant is to provide a test bed on its public and private cloud platform and will guarantee that results are demonstrated in a live industrial environment.

The aim of CumuloNimbo (the research and development project) is to create competitive advantage for European companies allowing them to compete globally. This cloud platform will reduce start up costs, capital expenditure and energy consumption, slash operating costs and significantly shrink carbon footprint. It is an extremely exciting project to be involved in and we are proud to be leading this work for Europe,

– Tony Lucas, Flexiant’s founder explained in a company press release.

Flexiant already secured its place among the Top 200 most influential Cloud Computing companies worldwide. If the CumuloNimbo project succeeds, however, it will be well positioned to attack the leading positions not only in Europe but globally.

By Kiril Kirilov

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: ResearchGATE

ResearchGATE Monetizes Its Web-platform Connecting Researchers Worldwide

The “FaceBook For Scientists”

Scientists were, and still are, the driving force behind the booming IT industry and its newest sector – Cloud Computing. Scholars have been actively sharing ideas since the dawn of times although the invention of aviation, telephone and electricity made it possible for scientific world to interact in real-time or nearly real-time. Then Internet was born and a few decades later collaborative online work and scientific research is not uncommon within scientific community around the globe.

Such amazing, and very fast, development of the online model as well as the raise of Cloud Computing inevitably lead to the emergence of social networks for scientists. Thus, a number of online scientific networks came to life in only a decade with ResearchGATE – started in 2009 – looking as one the most promising Web 2.0 web-based platform for scientists. The fact that the platform managed to attract over 500,000 registered users in less that a year should be alarming for peers and encouraging for ResearchGATE’s founders.

Berlin-headquartered ResearchGATE was founded by Ijad Madisch, Horst Fickenscher, Sören Hofmayer as a start-up developing a Science 2.0 platform aimed at connecting scientists worldwide and providing tools and application for research conducted in the cloud. It is based on a widespread philosophy utilized by competitors like Academia.edu, Ologeez, and Lab Meeting but ResearchGATE is offering a more advanced approach regarding online collaboration.

It is often called Facebook for scientists because users are invited to create profiles, attach research papers and add contacts. Profiles are divided according to scientific disciplines like Philology, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, etc., and users can search and add contacts depending on their professional and research interests. Online discussions are available as well as creation of groups within the system. Unsurprisingly, one of the most populated groups of scientists in ResearchGATE is the one composed of computer scientists.

Some of the most intriguing features of ResearchGATE include applications and tools like ReStory, a GoogleDocs-style tool allowing users to write and edit documents in a collaborative manner. Another tool, ReMeet, offers scheduling and messaging functionality that enables users to schedule meetings and conduct conference calls within the platform. ReFind, the platform’s search engine, provides keyword searches based on semantic and contextual correlations, going beyond the usual search engine capabilities. The platform also is capable of suggesting similar papers, scientists, resources and group to users who have created a profile in the system.

One should think of ResearchGATE not only as an abstract scholarly community but as a promising business opportunity, too. Investors realized the potential of ReseachGATE relatively fast and in September, 2010 the company closed its Series A funding, which was lead by Benchmark Capital. Accel Partners’ Silicon Valley office also took part in this first round of financing with individual angel investors from the U.K., the United States and Germany also participating in the funding. In addition, Simon Levene (angel investor and former partner at Accel Partners), Joachim Schoss (angel investor and founder of Scout24), and Benchmark Capital general partner Matt Cohler joined the board of directors of the company while Michael Birch (co-founder of Bebo), Martin Sinner (co-founder of idealo.com), Ulrich Essmann (co-founder of sedo.com), Christian Vollmann (angel investor and founder of MyVideo.de), and Rolf Christof Dienst (general partner at Wellington Venture Capital) took part in the Series A funding as investors.

We will continue to support the innovations and add key features demanded by our users to stay connected and share information efficiently. We will continue to push the collaborative boundaries and serve as a catalyst in the evolution of scientific research and discovery,” Ijad Madisch, co-founder and CEO of ResearchGATE, commented in a press release following the completion of the Series A financing round. He also explained that the funds raised will be invested in further expansion of the platform as well as in development of new applications and tools.

Obviously, ResearchGATE possesses huge business potential bearing in mind that the platform is used by 500,000 users and the number of users is growing every day. Beneath the uncolored facts, however, lies even bigger potential because a great portion of these users are influential opinion and decision makers. Undoubtedly, ResearchGATE will try to monetize this user capital one way or another.

By Kiril Kirilov

1 GB Free Data Transfer with Amazon Simple Email Service

1 GB Free Data Transfer with Amazon Simple Email Service

Amazon Simple Email Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the online arm of Amazon, officially introduced the beta release of its cloud-based Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) – bulk and transactional email-sending service for businesses and developers. The service integrates with other AWS services, making it easy to send emails from applications being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2, the company said in a press release.

The new product eliminates the need customers to deal with email server management, network configuration, while meeting rigorous Internet Service Provider (ISP) standards for email content, the company added. Amazon’s solution offers high email deliverability and utilizes content filtering technologies to scan outgoing email, ensuring it that the content meets ISP standards. Amazon SES features also a built-in feedback loop, which includes notifications of bounce backs, failed and successful delivery attempts, and spam complaints, the company said.

Amazon’s new service allow customers to send bulk email messages without licensing, installing, and operating a third-party service while the platform runs within Amazon network infrastructure and data centers. The service can be integrated with Amazon EC2 and AWS Elastic Beanstalk using AWS Software Development Kits (SDKs).

All AWS customers will receive 1GB of free data transfer per month, while the price of email messages is set at USD 0.10 per thousand. In addition, the service takes proactive steps to prevent content that can be considered spam by ISPs worldwide. Users can also take advantage of complaint feedback loops from major ISPs, indicating which emails are marked as spam by recipients. The service maintains statistical databases covering successful delivery attempts, rejected messages, bounces as well as complaints.

Businesses will most probably be interested in the free tier offered by Amazon, while the company demonstrates that it will fight hard to retain its market positions on the market for cloud-based services. Obviously, customers can only benefit from a fierce competition and more such offers by other cloud services providers.

By Kiril Kirilov

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: AccountsIQ

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: AccountsIQ

Tony Connolly founded Visor Ltd. in 2004 in Ireland and since then the company managed to set foot in the UK, Australia, India and the United States. Its fully hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) accounting platform accountsIQ, initially launched in 2007, is intended to help businesses that need a common platform for managing and benchmarking multiple entities.

The platform targets primarily small and medium-sized enterprises allowing them to take advantage of a SaaS offering enabling users to manage their entire accounting process via the Internet and without in-house IT infrastructure. Being a common platform, accountsIQ provides access to accounting software for multiple entities like clients, franchisees, subsidiaries and company branches.

The market for accounting, invoicing and financial cloud-based solutions evolved rapidly in the last years and many start-up companies challenged traditional accounting platforms offered by well known vendors. At present, accountsIQ is not quite a unique cloud-based platform but it still offers functionality that makes the platform a good choice among a growing number of competitors betting on Cloud Computing solutions.
Unlike many traditional software platforms, accountsIQ allows users to access accounting records and business documents simultaneously and in real time. It provides online collaboration tools from multiple locations while featuring real-time business intelligence and KPIs via a dashboard.

The platform is fully scalable when it comes to user and transaction volumes and is designed in modules, which allows users to add at will the modules they need.

Visor boasts unrivaled business analysis and reporting functions are implemented in the platform although other SaaS accounting platforms offer similar functionality. Key features of accountsIQ include possibilities for multi-jurisdiction, multi-currency accounting procedures and a full business analytics facility, featuring both financial and non-financial measures. The platform allows also cash-flow forecasting and management directly from data within the system while enabling users to manage multiple entities from a single admin layer for practices and franchisors.

Budget and revised budget by GL and business analysis code updated directly from Excel functionality is available, and the software allows consolidation of results in multiple base currencies for group reporting and benchmarking. Just like its main competitors, the company offers integration with third party systems using webservice APIs.

A growing number of accounting software is designed in modules and accountsIQ was among the first web-based platforms to offer such a model. Actually, accountsIQ allows customers to add modules to an existing basic accounting functionality. All system modules are fully integrated with several modules, like Cash-flow Forecasting and Management and Group Consolidation, combining information from the entire system allowing consolidated view of customers’ data.

Integration is the key to success for most business software applications and accountsIQ is not an exception to the rule. The system can integrate with online e-commerce web stores, CRM systems, EPOS, payroll systems, stock control allowing automated data transfer form various external applications. The API of accountsIQ covers major data-sets like customer account details, supplier account details, product information, sales quotes and orders, etc.

Further more, the platform enables banking integration functionality including collection and auto reconciliation of statements, generation of electronic payment files, generation of electronic direct debits requests allowing linking of bank lodgement back to individual receipts. A data import tool manages import of data from major accounting systems like: Sage, QuickBooks, TAS Books, MYOB, etc.

Visor claims that its system is well protected from external attacks due to its top-level firewall protection and immediate deployment of the latest anti-virus and security patches. Data security is accomplished via security controls that include three levels of authentication to access the system and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology to protect the transfer of data. The company utilizes its servers only for the purposes of the accounting service, creating independent databases for each client, which means that no data is shared within the same database.

Like many other start-ups, accountsIQ was backed by venture capital investors during its initial stage of development. The first round of funding raised EUR 1 million by Enterprise Equity and the AIB Seed Capital Fund in 2009. A second round of funding followed the same year with Data Electronics Group (DEG) leading the round worth EUR 3.5. Existing investors also took part in this round of funding.

Those financial injections helped the company to commercialize its product and expand to new markets worldwide. However, the company will experience, if not already experiencing, a growing pressure from cloud-based peers offering accounting platforms as SaaS.

Many competitors are providing innovative accounting solutions and accountsIQ will have to invest heavy in further development of its product to retain its competitive advantage.

By Kiril Kirilov

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: CloudSigma

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: CloudSigma

CLOUDSIGMA AG was founded in 2009 in Zurich, Switzerland and introduced its core Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution in May 2010 with its cloud being based in the Interxion data centre in Glattbrugg near Zurich. The underlying philosophy of the company is to offer unrestricted choice of operating systems and unlimited size of servers while providing ability for easy transfer of entire drive images. No restrictions are applied on the software running on the servers and customers can select the level of access they have.

Actually, CloudSigma is an IaaS platform allowing customers to customize also the size of CPU, RAM, storage and bandwidth they need. The company boasts a “no-standard server” solution enabling users to specify the exact size of all components of their system. It is advantageous for customers who have specific needs, for example a high CPU usage does not necessarily mean you need a lot of storage space, too. Thus, customers are able to get scalable and personalized solution.

CloudSigma has a non-restrictive policy toward operating systems used in their cloud, hence customers can deploy any operating system and run any software on it. The only applicable limitation is that CloudSystem’s cloud infrastructure requires software to be able to run on standard Intel/AMD architecture.

Virtual servers behaving like real servers is not a new concept, really, but is an advantageous option for those who want to start, restart or stop their servers at any time. Mounting and unmounting drives, adding a static IP or VLAN are also available while the platform allocates more CPU power to the user in case of CPU power not being allocated in full.

Virtual drives keep the customers’ data even when the virtual servers are not running, and servers are automatically restarted if a failure occurs. The platform allows also manual reboot by the user, when needed.
All user control is performed via API or web console and allows users to increase the level of security for their servers and applications. This policy includes a full 256bit AES-XTS cascade encryption of all virtual drives that is protecting user data from being read by third parties even after a drive is deleted. In addition, users are only permitted to see their own network traffic and virtual servers behave like they are physically separated. Secure 128bit connections provide additional layer of security with the system authenticating every action on every account via the API or website console.

CloudSigma enables users to transfer drive images via FTPS, a service that is not offered by all IaaS providers. Some IaaS companies allow customers to download their data locally but downloading whole drive images is an option not allowed by all IaaS platforms and providers.

The platform’s GUI features a multiple server and disk view modes, a group messaging interface, an account actions feed, and current account usage. Additional features include a private messaging system, in-browser multi-purpose widgets and special keyboard shortcuts. The system also supports direct in-browser upload of drive images.

Recently, CloudSigma introduced its Web VNC application in the Chrome Webstore, eliminating the need for a standalone VNC client since its client offers a full VNC session from within the browser. Another project of the company is its partnership with the UK-based Hybrid Logic Ltd., a company developing a Platform as a Service (PaaS) product called Hybrid Web Cluster. In September 2010, the company added Rackspace Cloud API compatibility which was an important step in the development of the fast evolving OpenStack project.

Obviously, CloudSigma is among the most innovative Cloud Computing companies in Europe. Major advantages of its platform are unprecedented transferability, additional security layer (both at software and hardware level), high level of customization, and unrestricted software deployment. You add to the list the company’s environment friendly energy policy.

The IaaS market is developing very rapidly in the past couple of years. CloudSigma demonstrates ability to offer competitive advantages challenging competitors like Amazon and Rackspace. They had a good start and can top the list of largest and most innovative IaaS providers if the company is able to retain its growth rate and innovative approach.

By Kiril Kirilov

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The Importance of Cloud Backups: Guarding Your Data Against Hackers

The Importance of Cloud Backups Cloud platforms have become a necessary part of modern business with the benefits far outweighing the risks. However, the risks are real and account for billions of dollars in losses across the globe per year. If you’ve been hacked, you’re not alone. Here are some other companies in the past…

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions Running a cloud server is no longer the novel trend it once was. Now, the cloud is a necessary data tier that allows employees to access vital company data and maintain productivity from anywhere in the world. But it isn’t a perfect system — security and performance issues can quickly…

Moving Your Email To The Cloud? Beware Of Unintentional Data Spoliation!

Moving Your Email To The Cloud? Beware Of Unintentional Data Spoliation!

Cloud Email Migration In today’s litigious society, preserving your company’s data is a must if you (and your legal team) want to avoid hefty fines for data spoliation. But what about when you move to the cloud? Of course, you’ve probably thought of this already. You’ll have a migration strategy in place and you’ll carefully…

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises The surface costs might give you pause, but the cost of diminishing your differentiators is far greater. Will a shift to the cloud save you money? Potential savings are historically the main business driver cited when companies move to the cloud, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a cost-saving exercise. There…

Ending The Great Enterprise Disconnect

Ending The Great Enterprise Disconnect

Five Requirements for Supporting a Connected Workforce It used to be that enterprises dictated how workers spent their day: stuck in a cubicle, tied to an enterprise-mandated computer, an enterprise-mandated desk phone with mysterious buttons, and perhaps an enterprise-mandated mobile phone if they traveled. All that is history. Today, a modern workforce is dictating how…