These are 32 carefully selected startups that are likely to be serious IT influencers in the months and years to come.
Calif. - Dealmaker Media's Under
the Radar conference is something akin to a debutantes' ball. Young and/or
startup companies put on their Sunday best, get their goals and priorities
well-rehearsed, and compete for a few invitations to be formally introduced to
Then comes the
ball itself: the daylong showcase event at Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus,
in which each of the companies selected gets six minutes on stage (with a
video or other presentation) to try and impress a group of skeptical venture
capitalists looking for companies with good ideas and at least the potential
for good execution.
year, we had about 300 companies competing to get into the final 32,"
Dealmaker's Jasmine Antonick told eWEEK. "The ones who made it-as they are
every year-are very impressive."
The theme for
this 17th such event was "Consumerization of the Enterprise." Most of
the companies showed cloud-service related products.
quite good that if your company is a finalist to present at UTR, you will get
funding of some kind-whether from a venture capital firm or firms, an angel
investor or some other source. You'd really have to blow it on the presentation,
and that rarely happens.
The format is
similar to speed-dating: The startups were grouped in sets of three to five for
each of seven sessions. Each CEO or president gets those precious few minutes
to deliver a clear, compelling message about what problem his company's product
or service solves and why his or her company will have enduring value.
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
UTR's short descriptions of all of the 32 companies selected, in alphabetical
order, including their headquarters locations and links to their Websites.
eWEEK will examine many of these in closer detail in the weeks and months to
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.
Boston, Mass., has data-grouping IT that is a new approach for relational
systems to deal with complex database schemas. It enables dynamic pre-computing
of joins, which reduces and in many cases eliminates the high costs of these
operations. That leads to transformational advances in performance, especially
for complex operational queries.
San Francisco, offers companies a free private business application network to
find, buy and manage Web-based applications. It allows businesses to use and
manage all their Web-based applications in one secure site. It also offers a
marketplace giving businesses direct access to the latest tools.
New York, is a MAAS (mobility as a service)-based, application-aware
infrastructure performance management product. It provides application architects
and IT managers visibility into the behavior and performance of applications
across an entire application stack-regardless of language, application type or
location (cloud, physical or virtual servers).
Cupertino, Calif., addresses data privacy, data sovereignty, security and
regulatory problems that impede enterprise cloud adoption. Its patent-pending
IT leverages encryption to protect sensitive enterprise data in real time
before it is sent to the cloud. It requires no change to cloud
applications. Exposures to internal and external threats within the cloud
environment are eliminated since the encryption keys always remain with the
San Francisco, brings performance and security tools previously used only by
Internet giants to the rest of the Web. CloudFlare's free and paid services
power tens of thousands of Websites around the world, securing them from spam
and hacking attacks while giving them performance boosts.
Menlo Park, Calif., is a security SAAS (software as a service) company offering
the industry's first and only server security and compliance product purpose-built
for elastic cloud environments. The company addresses the technical challenges
of securing highly dynamic cloud-hosting environments where consistent physical
location, network control and perimeter security are not guaranteed. The
company's early product feature set includes server vulnerability and
compliance management, and centralized management of host-based firewalls.
CloudPassage operates across infrastructure models and seamlessly handles
cloud server bursting, cloning and migration.
San Francisco, says it has built a database with "no limits." It has
no limits to database size, table size, the complexity of queries, and performance.
The Clustrix database offers dynamic online scaling, seamless fault tolerance,
full relational and transactional capabilities, and MySQL wire-line
compatibility in a single-instance database.
Montr??Â«al, Qu??Â«bec, solves email problems. Mailboxes contain years of important
conversations and business information, yet there is no easy way for developers
to find and use that information. It has a "missing email" API that
turns mailboxes into a data source that developers can use in applications such
as CRM, document management, collaboration and project management.
San Francisco, is a second-generation PAAS (platform as a service) technology.It makes it simple for developers
to deploy and scale their applications, while delivering the flexibility and
robustness required by critical business software. Developers can mix and match
from a large choice of languages, databases, caching and messaging components,
leaving them in full control of their IT stack
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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