10 Cloud Computing Startups for Mobile IT

One of the biggest trends to hit IT is cloud computing, and while it can reduce costs over the long term, mobile managers must address security, management and licensing issues in the short term to realize these savings. Here we highlight 10 cloud computing startups that can help resolve critical issues.

The big question for the cloud in 2010 is where Microsoft will fit in. Microsoft used to be a laggard when it came to the cloud-enabling technology of virtualization, but Windows Azure is already grabbing market share from more established cloud vendors.

Sure, plenty of other vendors – Google, Rackspace, Amazon and Salesforce.com, to name only a few -- have a head start in this space. But what Microsoft lacks in early mover cachet it more than makes up for with ubiquity.

No matter how the big platforms shake out, though, problems remain. Security, management and licensing could all hinder broader cloud adoption. These 10 startups have novel solutions that will help drive adoption in 2010 and beyond:

1. Altor Networks

What they do: The rapid adoption of virtualization technologies signals a major transition in the datacenter. Enterprises are achieving major benefits, including operational cost savings, consolidation of physical servers, and greatly streamlined deployment. However, understanding and locking down the security posture of virtualized datacenter infrastructures represents a significant challenge.

Altor tackles this challenge through a virtual firewall/IPS system that mitigates risks to virtualized and cloud-based applications and data.

Customers: Altor has 25+ customers, including Syracuse University, the U.S. Army, International Medical Corps, Ericsson and Nielsen Mobile.

Funding: $7.5 million in Series A and seed funding from Accel Partners and Foundation Capital.

CEO Amir Ben-Efraim was formerly head of business development at Check Point Software.

Read the full story at Datamation.com:
10 Hot Cloud Computing Startups for 2010


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