Cloud Computing: 16 Hot Startup Companies Flying Under the Radar in 2011

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-04 Print this article Print


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 kind—whether from a venture capital firm or firms, an angel investor or some other source. These are companies—carefully selected by Dealmaker Media founder Debbie Landa and her team—that 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.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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