Cloud computing is a hot area for investors and startups, but Wall Street may not be buying the hype.
computing lightning is beginning to strike investors.
an incredibly hot area for venture capital funding right now. Because this is
such a significant shift in IT infrastructure, there's a desire to get into it
early," said an entrepreneur who asked not to be named and who is planning
to launch a cloud service in the next 12 months.
startups are bootstrapping themselves while others are obtaining funding in
(platform as a service) provider 10gen garnered $1.5 million in July from Union
Square Ventures. Also in July, Engine Yard, which offers a cloud-based Ruby on
Rails platform, signed $15 million in funding from New Enterprise Associates,
with participation from Amazon.com and previous investor Benchmark Capital.
June, Charles River Ventures and Menlo Ventures co-led an $11.37 million
investment in ParaScale, a provider of cloud-based storage. RightScale secured
$4.5 million in first-round financing from Benchmark Capital in April 2008.
RightScale provides tools for developers to create applications for Amazon Web
a provider of cloud computing middleware, has received a total of $14.5 million
from Hummer Winblad, Bay Partners and Amazon.com, according to Elastra CEO Kirill Sheynkman. "We're
software that lets you design, deploy and manage applications in private and
public compute clouds," said Sheynkman, adding that Elastra is
particularly focused on enabling organizations to move existing applications to
a cloud infrastructure.
a PAAS provider on Amazon Web Services, has received $12 million in funding,
according to company officials.
venture capitalists may get the cloud concept, there are signs that Wall Street
may not. Rackspace, a Web-hosting company that is investing in Mosso, a cloud
computing capacity management provider, saw its August IPO open at $12.50 per
share, only to drop to near $10 per share at the end of the first day's trading
and languish in that neighborhood since then.
"There's so much
hype around [cloud computing] now," said the entrepreneur who asked not to
be named. "There's the feeling that it could only disappoint."