The list of emerging companies with cloud services and infrastructure products keeps growing. Since we compiled InformationWeek's guide to 20 Cloud Computing Startups in September, eight more have drifted in.
Some of these are new companies with a focus on the cloud, while others have been around a few years and are adapting to the cloud model. Following is a synopsis of four newbies.
Arista Networks (2004). Makes a line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches and a network operating system for managing and provisioning those switches. With a focus on the network infrastructure for cloud environments, Arista has trademarked the term "cloud networking." (See my earlier post on Arista Networks here.)
DataSisar (2008). Based in Bangalore, India, DataSisar provides software design and development, application consulting, virtualization services, and help with software-as-a-service implementations. "We work on all the layers of data management by stacking and configuring the software that's suitable to your business processes on the cloud infrastructure at subscriptions prices," the company says.
rPath (2005). With its roots in virtualization, rPath recently introduced a cloud computing "adoption model," which the company describes as a pragmatic, five-step approach to cloud computing. The model begins with virtualization and progresses through experimentation, foundation, advancement, and actualization.
Soasta (2006). Developer of a Web application testing service called CloudTest that can be used for load and performance testing in Amazon EC2 and other cloud services. Soasta provides virtual software testing to cloud vendors RightScale and Skytap.
To see the other four cloud computing startups on my list, click here.
Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
Windows Azure: Help Wanted In The Blue Sky Mine
Well, there was at least one surprise in the first day of the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference: Microsoft's new cloud OS is named Azure, not the rumored Stratus. Many of the other Azure foundation pieces-parts are predictable adaptations and evolutions of existing Microsoft products and services, which is both good news and bad.
iPhone 2.2 Images Hit The Web
The iPhone 2.2 firmware update is on its way, and it's a meaty one, with goodies for Google Maps users and podcast fans. Beta users have been posting images of the Google Maps upgrades, with added support for Street View and walking and transit directions, and they look sweet.
Could Health Care IT Get A Boost Next Year?
There's a lot of uncertainty out there in general when it comes to the economy, next week's elections, and other unknowns, but when it comes to the health care sector, the uncertainty runs a bit deeper, especially when it comes to investments in IT.
Want A G1 Android Phone At A Discount? Try Wal-Mart
Retail discounting giant Wal-Mart is set to begin selling the HTC G1 Android phone for $30 less than it costs at T-Mobile USA stores. If you wanted to get the G1 on the cheap, looks like Wal-Mart is the way to go.
Microsoft PDC Day 2: Office, Windows, And Live Mesh
Today, Microsoft unveils Windows 7 and talks about the future of Office and Live Mesh. I'm watching the keynote, and will blog about it here. Will Windows 7 be better than Vista? Does Live Mesh matter? Read it here.
Windows Azure: The End Of Software?
Forget the marketing hype, Windows Azure isn't the latest Microsoft operating system. It's a business strategy. One that shows Redmond believes the days in which it can make fat profits from software alone are numbered.
Survey Shows Disconnect On IT Policy
Cisco follows up on its survey on data leakage, which I already wrote about, and an anaysis of policy effectiveness. There isn't too much surprising in the findings, but the results continue to highlight the need for sound security policy management processes in organizations and, more important, that the policies need to be communicated to employees.
Which Google Android Apps Are G1 Users Downloading?
Want to know who's downloading what for their HTC G1 Android phones? Medialets, a company which hooks iPhone and Android apps into mobile advertising, has an early look at the most popular Google phone applications. Here's the data.
Canonical's Next (And Hardest) Steps
Look forward, not back. That's a philosophy Mark Shuttleworth wants to bring to Ubuntu, and by extension to the rest of Linux as well. In a conference call on Monday, right before the release of 8.10 at the end of this month (happy Halloween!), he laid out what's in that release right now and some high-level goals for the future.
Forrester Consulting: Unified Communications Delivers Global Benefits This Forrester Consulting study shows how Unified Communications (UC) makes it simpler to contact others over any device in any location, enhancing business agility, cutting costs, and boosting employee productivity. Forrester finds that UC is already delivering major savings for organizations around the world in retail banking, manufacturing and education. Download the full report for free.
Software as a Service Research Report No longer a niche software delivery model, software as a service (SaaS) can help small and midsize companies get access to enteprise-class software functionality without having to commit enterprise-level capital resources. Download the full report for free.
The Internet & The Developing World The evolution of the Internet has been full of surprises - surprises that have sometimes resulted in radical changes in the commercial landscape, such as the arrival of Amazon, eBay, Google, YouTube, and Skype. Could one of the next big surprises turn out to be linked to developing countries? Read the full report for free from InternetEvolution.com
Not a current InformationWeek magazine subscriber? Apply now for your FREE subscription to InformationWeek.
InformationWeek is the weekly magazine that combines the goals of business with technology to help you make the strategic decisions that affect your company's bottom line.
Note: To change your E-mail address, please subscribe your new address and unsubscribe your old one.
Keep Getting This Newsletter
Don't let future editions of InformationWeek Daily go missing. Take a moment to add the newsletter's address to your anti-spam white list: InfoWeek@update.informationweek.com
If you're not sure how to do that, ask your administrator or ISP. Or check your anti-spam utility's documentation. Thanks.
InformationWeek Daily Newsletter
A free service of InformationWeek and the TechWeb Network.
Copyright (c) 2008 United Business Media Limited
600 Community Drive
Manhasset, N.Y. 11030
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.