Top 10 Startups Providing Cloud Services

Top 10 Startups Providing Cloud Services

Growth of cloud computing startups over the past years has seen a massive increase. The industry shows no sign of slowing. Investments in cloud companies is growing fast, according to the latest data from Dow Jones VentureSource’s, the number rose from $2.1 billion in 2010 to $4.2 billion in 2012.

Making a list is hard, not because their technologies, but most companies now include cloud architecture as a key service. And many of them are doing unique things that are changing the cloud industry itself, offering new services, and establishing themselves as new market leaders. The list of startups s is endless, but we only take at top ten which our grabbed our attention most - probably the most disruptive and innovative players in the industry.

Here are the Top 10 Computing Vendors:


Is a Canadian-based software company. Founded in 1997, ActiveState is a global leader in providing software application development and management solutions. Its develops, sells, and supports cross-platform development tools for dynamic languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Tcl, as well as language distributions and enterprise services. ActiveState is proven for the enterprise, it’s used by more than 2 million developers and about 97% of Fortune-1000 companies. Top tech companies like networking giant Cisco and defense giant Lockheed Martin rely on ActiveState’s solutions for managing their software applications.


(Now part of Centurylink) – is a leading platform-as-a-service provider, offering cloud-based development and app scaling in PHP. Formerly known as PHPFog before changing its name early in 2011 after receiving $8 million in funding, it boasts a feature such as one-click deployment for PHP apps like WordPress, Drupal, Zend and many more. AppFog provides instant installation and N-tier scalable cloud deployment for PHP and other applications, it competes with the likes of Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry, RedHat’s OpenShift and Apprenda.


A PaaS-based solution for organizations to transform their existing infrastructure into a self service cloud platform, it designed to power the next generation of enterprise software development in public, private and hybrid clouds. Apprenda is a fast-growing company, Apprenda’s solutions are used by some of the world’s top companies - from the world’s largest bank JP Morgan Chase Manhattan to prominent healthcare providers like AmerisourceBergen. The startup has raised more than $32 million in funding from High Peaks venture Partners, Ignition Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Safeguard Scientifics


Is a US-based software company that provides an Apache Hadoop-base software and training to data-driven enterprises. Founded in October 2008 by leading big data experts from Facebook, Google, Oracle and Yahoo, Cloudera was the first company to deliver the first truly enterprise-class implementation of Apache-Hadoop in the market. Cloudera’s mission is to solve data management problems by harnessing the power of Hadoop. Cloudera’s Management Suite and software help enterprises pull intelligence from data, its solutions are designed to solve data management problems and tackle big data challenges. Cloudera has the financial backing of some of the tech industry’s most prominent VCs - Accel Partners and Greylock Partners, and angel investors which include former CEO of VMware Diane Greene, former CEO of MySQL Marten Mickos and Linkedin CEO Jeff Weiner.


Founded by Sara Labourey in early of 2010, CloudBees is a Java PaaS that accelerates the development and deployment of mobile and web applications. CloudBess PaaS was the first production PaaS to support the entire application lifecycle from development to deployment, it’s a proponent of open source. CloudBess features Jenkins in the cloud for its core development. Jenkins is an open source CI (continuous integration) platform used by thousands developers around the world. The company has raised $ 4 million from Matrix Partners in 2010 and, another $ 10 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Matrix Partners.


Santa Clara-based Cumulogic is a software provider that enables enterprises and cloud providers to deliver an AWS-like compatible database services. Cumulogic’s Database Service is an “on-prem” platform empowering developers and enterprises with self services database access, databases supported include MySQL, Couchbase, MongoDB and Percona. Cumulogic lets you offer database “as a service” on almost any private infrastructure. Cumulogic is an angle and seed funded and has notable investors on board - Citrix and Crunch Fund.

Engine Yard

Engine Yard - is a San Francisco-based, privately held platform as a service company fosucsed on Java, RoR, PHP and Node.js deployment and management. Billed as one of the hottest cloud startups in the industry (and one of my favorite providers), Engine Yard brings expertise and promises of performance and scale. Engine Yard was founded in 2006 by Tom Morini, Lance Walley and Ezra Zygmuntowicz.


Enstratius (formerly enStratus) is a cloud computing infrastructure management platform, it provides cloud infrastructure management for private, public and hybrid cloud platforms. Enstratius supports a wide range of public cloud services, some of the most powerful companies in the cloud industry: Amazon Web Services, AT&T Synaptic Storage, Bluelock, Cloud Central, CloudSigma, GoGrid, Google Storage, IBM, Microsoft Azure Storage, NTT, Rackspace, and Terremark. In addition, Enstratius supports also the following private cloud services: Atmos storage, Citrix, OpenStack and Zimory.


Is a privately held Israeli-based middleware technology company, with headquarters in New York City and additional offices in Asia and Europe. GigaSpaces is a leading provider of end-to-end scaling solutions for distributed and mission-critical application environments. Its complementary solutions are XAP Elastic Application Platform, an in-memory computing software platform and Cloudify, an open source cloud computing PaaS started by GigaSpaces in 2012. Established in 2000 by Nati Shalom, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, the company’s solutions are designed to run on any cloud environment-private, public and hybrid, GigaSpaces’ solutions is the only platform on the market that offers a truly silo-free architecture. Its customers include Fortune 500’s top financial services, e-commerce and telecom companies.


Billed in the cloud and mobile industry as must-have tools in the HTML5 game, the company provides an enterprise – class HTML5 platform for building rich UI business application. It has two major cloud weapons - VisualWebGUI, a leading development platform for Visual Studio develops building HTML5 based apps for enterprise, and InstantCloudMove. Based in Cambridge, Gizmox’s customers include Fortune 500’s top banks, insurance companies, and also government agencies.

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