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8 startup logoLe média CIO Magazine a lancé un concours pour sélectionner des startups qui se sont distinguées dans le domaine du cloud sur une liste de 150 candidats. Evidemment ce sont toutes des sociétés américaines, mais il n’est pas inintéressant d’analyser le profil des 25 nominés (voir liste ci-dessous). La première remarque est que les termes startup et cloud apparaissent incompatibles dans la mesure où les activités liées au cloud seraient plutôt synonyme de concentration et de grandes entreprises et nécessiteraient de grands investissements.

La seconde est le cloud a suscité de nombreuses vocations et fait naître une nouvelle vague de jeunes entreprises. Les plus anciennes de la liste des 150 ont été créé en 2008. Enfin, ces startups travaillent au développement  d’outils d’infrastructure, de sécurité, offrent de services de migration vers le cloud…

1. AppZero
What they do: Help companies migrate server applications to the cloud.
Founded: September 2010

2. Aryaka Networks
What they do: Provides cloud-based WAN optimization and application acceleration services.
Founded: November 2008

3. Blue Jeans Networks
What they do: Develop cloud-based videoconferencing tools that bridge various available services.
Founded: November 2009

4. BrightTag
What they do: Develop cloud-based data integration tools.
Founded: 2009

5. Cedexis
What they do: Develops tools that provide visibility into cloud and CDN performance, and then help users act on that information.
Founded: Q4 2009

6. CipherCloud
What they do: Develop security tools for cloud-based applications.
Founded: 2010

7. Cloudant
What they do: They’re a Database-as-a-Service provider.
Founded: 2008

8. CPUsage
What they do: Provides on-demand access to massive amounts of compute power for high-throughput tasks.
Founded: October 2010

9. dinCloud
What they do: Help small to mid-sized businesses migrate and/or provision desktops, servers, storage, networking and applications to a Virtual Private Data Center.
Founded: January 2011

10. Eucalyptus Systems
What they do: Develop IaaS platforms.
Founded: 2007

11. HyTrust
What they do: Develop virtualization security tools.
Founded: April, 2009

12. Nasuni
What they do: Offers a cloud storage service.
Founded: 2009

13. NetCitadel
What they do: Develop “Software-Defined Security” solutions for virtual, cloud and mobile environments.
Founded: 2010, but did not officially launch (and release product) until January 2013.

14. OnApp
What they do: Provide cloud services, including IaaS, CDN and storage services.
Founded: July 2010

15. Pertino
What they do: Develop network virtualization technologies.
Founded: 2011

16. Piston Cloud Computing
What they do: Helps businesses create their own private clouds.
Founded: 2011
Funding: $5 million from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, True Ventures, Divergent Ventures.

17. Plivo
What they do: Develop cloud-based telephony hosting apps and services.
Founded: December 2011

18. Ravello Systems
What they do: Provides a service that enables developers to replicate their existing applications, without any changes, and deploy them to any public or private cloud.
Founded: 2011

19. SaaS Markets
What they do: Provides the infrastructure that enterprises can use to launch app stores.
Founded: 2011

20. Transverse
What they do: Develop billing platforms for cloud and SaaS services.
Founded: 2008; however, the company didn’t officially launch until 2011, when they released their first product, TRACT billing.

21. Veeva Systems
What they do: Provides cloud-based CRM and content management services for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.
Founded: 2007

22. VirtualSharp
What they do: Provide disaster recovery (DR) services for cloud-based applications and infrastructures.
Founded: 2010

23. VoloMetrix
What they do: Develops cloud-based analytic software to measure “social enterprise intelligence.”
Founded: 2011

24. WatchDox
What they do: Provide cloud-based storage and collaboration tools.
Founded: 2009

25. Zscaler
What they do: Provide cloud security tools.
Founded: 2008


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