Cloud Computing: 16 Hot Startup Companies Flying Under the Radar in 2011
Abiquo, Redwood City, Calif., has an open-source management platform for private, public and hybrid clouds using a globally deployed computing infrastructure that can be accessed through a single control dashboard. Abiquo says its customers are able to decrease the cost/complexity of managing their virtual IT environments while maintaining control of the physical infrastructure and increasing agility to change hypervisors as needed.
As it does each year, Dealmaker Media's Under the Radar conference, held April 28 in Mountain View, Calif., showcased some promising startup companies. Each of the 32 companies selected gets six minutes on stage (with a PowerPoint, SlideRocket, video or other presentation) to try to impress a group of skeptical venture capitalists looking for companies with good ideas and at least the potential for good execution. This year, some 300 companies competed to get into the final 32. The theme this time was "Consumerization of the Enterprise," reflecting the clear trend toward the use of consumer devices and cloud services in businesses. Most of the companies showed cloud-service related products. Chances are good that if a company is a finalist to present at UTR, it will receive funding of some kindwhether from a venture capital firm or firms, an angel investor or some other source. These are companiescarefully selected by Dealmaker Media founder Debbie Landa and her teamthat are likely to be serious IT influencers in the months and years to come. Following are short descriptions of 16 of the most impressive companies selected, in alphabetical order, including their headquarters locations and links to their Websites. There's no doubt eWEEK will examine many of these in closer detail in the weeks and months to come.