Promising Cloud Storage Start-ups for 2012
As always, storage remains an integral part of the Cloud in 2012 with a number of storage start-ups that you should an eye on. With big data set to become even bigger this new year you can see some Hadoop regulars in our list along with some other new mentions.
Check them out below:
Set to launch its paid services in January 2012 Nimble has had a more than reasonable time to spread and create interest in the social CRM market. While it's offering of $15 per business user may be somewhat higher than earlier hinted, this price isn't so high as to be a complete turn-off for many SMB users. With more than 15,000 users already in the fold, it is just a matter of time before it sees profits. However, the higher than expected price per user may result in a slow down of new subscribers to the service. Nimble is still offering a free single-user version though.
With another $50 million worth of series C funding, Coraid is set for even further expansion for its ATA-over-Ethernet network storage solutions. After its recent acquisition of Yunteq technologies, it is a safe bet that it may be on the prowl for some more related technologies to add to its services. As a unique player in the Cloud storage market that doesn't need anything to do with TCP/IP, it is set to carve out an even larger piece of the network storage pie in 2012.
Although Cloudera has been on the to-be-watched list for several years now, 2012 should be the time when it goes even bigger with its Apache Hadoop-based services. As the current market leader in Hadoop-based services it looks to continue its run with even more events, talks and seminars on how Hadoop-based services can be utilized. While there seems to be a smear campaign going on from new rivals Hortonworks, Cloudera's solid performance and variety of services should lead it clear past the hype currently being implied by its competitors. If it continues to be flexible and further innovate its product line-up this leading position will be almost guaranteed.
While Kanbox is another startup with some money to burn, $20 million in Series B funding to be exact, it will be doing so for China's growing population of Cloud users. Kanbox is China's local version of Dropbox and offers its services for both the consumer and business user through its Android app. With China looking to gain even more Cloud constituents in 2012 Kanbox are looking at a subscriber base of 8 million just for January 2012. Prospects for this startup are definitely looking rosy with even more subscribers expected along the way.
Proving that you can still innovate in what appears to be a very much saturated market, Adesto Technologies is a startup that offers a flash memory alternative called CBRAM or Conductive Bridge RAM. While it isn't directly involved with Cloud storage it is a the fact that its low power, low cost CMOS-based CBRAM technology will impact flash memory in a huge way. With another round of financing already closed it is set to go off in a big way come 2012.
By Muz Ismail