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Updated: The past few years have been nothing if not a boon for entrepreneurs looking to cash in on venture capitalists’ lust for all things cloud. All the activity has been great, and we’ve seen some exciting new companies emerge and prosper — companies such as Heroku, RightScale and New Relic — but it also means there’s precious little room on the playing field for newcomers. Startups that want to get noticed, get funded, and ultimately have a winning exit must either find their own unique niche or stake out ground on a different field altogether.
Here are 10 cloud computing startups that launched in 2011 and that have a chance to make it big in 2012.
AppFog is one of a handful of Platform-as-a-Service startups to launch in 2011, but AppFog is unique because it leverages the open-source Cloud Foundry code as its core. The switch to a Cloud Foundry foundation over the summer resulted in a name change from PHP Fog, as the company was immediately able to support numerous new programming languages. Going forward, AppFog can ride Cloud Foundry’s development wave, while focusing its own efforts on building the best user experience.
Little is known about Bromium other than that is plans to use virtualization technology as a tool for securing the myriad endpoints (e.g., desktops, mobile phones and tablets) that connect to enterprise networks. While securing cloud servers, as other startups such as CloudPassage attempt to do, is important, the advent of consumerization means endpoints need security. Among Bromium’s founders is Simon Crosby, who co-founded XenSource and served as virtualization CTO at Citrix Systems.
Cloudability provides a simple service with a lot of value: it monitors customers’ spending on cloud computing resources. It might uncover something as commonplace as cloud-server sprawl because so many employees are spinning up instances, or it might find something nefarious such as hackers using a company’s instances serve boatloads of network traffic. As use of cloud services proliferates, companies will need an easy tool to help them keep track of what they’re spending and where.
The Infrastructure-as-a-Service space is a tough racket to enter because it means competing with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, but CloudSigmahas a plan. The company is all about giving customers high performance and lots of control. CloudSigma sits in the impressive SuperNAP data center and offers 10 GbE interconnects as well as solid-state drives, and developers can buy and manage resources with the granular control normally found in co-location.
Nebula isn’t the only company pushing a commercial version of the open-source OpenStack cloud computing software — it isn’t even the only one founded by a former NASA employee — but it does have a unique approach and an impeccable pedigree. Nebula ties OpenStack to an optimized hardware platform designed to make building public clouds a plug-and-play experience. Among its founders are former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, and investors include Andy Bechtolsheim, David Cheriton and Ram Shriram.
Parse is trying to become a PaaS specialist for mobile apps, a laudable ambition given how many people now rely on their mobile devices just about everything. It will be difficult to distinguish itself from competitors such as Stackmob, as well as from web-app PaaS offerings such as Heroku and AppFog, but Parse seems to have the right ideas in mind. It has a backend focused on the needs of mobile apps, and a frontend designed for mobile developers that might not have extensive programming chops.
What ScaleXtreme lacks in sexiness it makes up for in functionality. Everyone needs server-management software, but not everyone needs the big, expensive software offered from traditional software vendors, or even wants to manage software at all. ScaleXtreme gives users a cloud-based service to manage both physical and cloud-based servers, and, it says, has also garnered a lot of interest from cloud providers thinking it might be a good value-added service to their users who want more control.
SolidFire wants nothing less than to revolutionize cloud computing by making it palatable to large enterprises wanting to run mission-critical applications. The company targets cloud providers with SSD-based storage systems that make it possible to store virtual machine images in the cloud and still deliver high performance. Cloud providers utilizing SolidFire gear could find themselves hosting far more relational databases and other applications that presently remain in house.
Zillabyte, still operating in private beta mode, wants to provide users with both data sets and the algorithms needed to process them. Data sets aren’t uncommon on the web, but they usually don’t come with algorithms and a processing backend. The service will initially focus on web data and text-based algorithms, but there’s plenty of room for growth into new types of data and algorithms as the service matures. Zillabyte was co-founded by two former Google software engineers and a former Intel engineer.
Cloud Computing is not a new concept but it has been long time ago, I mean, in terms of its concepts. However, these days, many business owners or entrepreneurs are getting their attention toward a new trend of Business. From 2008 the number of inquiry traffic in line with Cloud Computing has been increased and these days we can see some of real software / applications such as for accounting and finance, customer relationship management, and invoicing and reporting etc.
IS IT TIME FOR STARTING BUSINESS WITH CLOUD COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT ?
Still there are many discussion and talks about proc and cons. However the future of Cloud Computing will be bright (as we experienced with Internet boom-up in early 2000). As always, an early starter have a huge advantage by securing the market in advance and building up comparably strong relationship with customers.
And the article linked below may give more sense of business opportunity with Cloud Computing. Venture Capitalists Flock To Cloud Computing Start-up
WHAT WOULD BE YOURS ?
- feed yourself well
- be a good person; if you do continuously righteous and positive things for people and the world, you will admire and love you for it
- be a interesting person with genuine interest, passion, pursuit, hobbies, desires, goals
- be a nice person. It’s simple. be nice to yourself and others
3. People are everything
- People are everything
- People make things happen
- They come up with solutions
- The right people are people you can depend on
- They will make you money
* Unleash the Power within – by Tony Robbins
- Work Smart, Not Hard
- Never make a sideways move in business
- The triple-it rule – however much time do you think a project is going to take, and however much money you think it’s going to cost; triple it
- Shake with a firm grip
- Be who you are
- Use your full name
- Be social
- Don’t be a snob
- Don’t be mean to people
14. $25000 Golden Nuggets
- Lunch with people often
- Don’t be jealous
- Be a frequent flyer
- Read lots of books
- Don’t be intimidated by money
- Stay close to your alma mata
- Learn about wine
- Be comfortable in formal attire
- Play hard & have fun
- Use top technology
- Be friend with your neighbor
- Know and respect your body clock
- Have a dream
- Have fun – if you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong
- Have a really cool home
- Read & Write well
- The back of the envelope rule – simple!!!
Highly Informative, Insightful, and Practical!!!
- Life Mission
- Area of Innovation – Quality, Price, or Convenience
- Immutable Laws
- Process makes millionaire, and the events you see and hear are the results of that process
- The process is the struggle and the backstory
- All events of wealth are preceded by the process, a backstory of trial, risk, hard work, and sacrifice
- Road Trip Formula
- Your Roadmap;- outline why, where, how, and what
- Your Vehicle;- is YOU, a complicated system like a car composed of oil, gas, an engine, a steering wheel, a windshield, horsepower, and an accelerator-all needing frequent tuning and maintenance to ensure peak efficiency during the road trip
- Your Road;- Internet marketer
- Your Speed;- Speed is execution and your ability to go from idea to implementation
- The Road Trips Is Paved by Toll Roads
Compass to Wealth
- if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know if you get there?
- Your current financial situation is a product of your existing financial roadmap, whether chosen or not. Your roadmap guides your actions, and the consequence of those actions have created your financial life
- if you want to change your life, change your choice
- to change your choice, you need to change your belief system
- your belief system is defined by your roadmap
- If you are unhappy in your financial situation, you can change your universe by switching roadmaps
What is Wealth?
- Family (relationships)
- Fitness (health)
- Freedom (choice)
- An instant gratification is the bait and lifestyle servitude is the hook
- When you consistently act and bombard the world with your effort, interacting with the waves of others, stuffs happens
- To realize luck, engage in processes where more probability exists; unfortunately Sidewalkers assigned luck to events of faith
Disembarking the Sidewalk
- Use Logic
- First responsibility, then accountability;- when you are accountable to your choices, you alter your behavior in the future and take the driver’s seat of your life
- Case 1] Fame;- fame and notoriety increase an intrinsic value. Suddenly intrinsic value leverage because of demands
- Case 2] Overworked into Corporate Management; guess what is it? Stock option?
What is the Fastlane?
- Controllable Unlimited Leverage
- Lifestyle;- a commitment of blended beliefs, processes, and actions
- Rapid Wealth Creation
- Reshape life’s focus on producing, not consuming
- Producers, entrepreneurs, innovators, visionaries, and creators
Five Fastlane Business (sample);-
- Rental System
- Computer/Software System
- Content System
- Distribution System
- Human Resource System
- The commandment of Need
- People care about what your business can do for them. Will it solve their problem? Make their life easier? Save them money? Make them feel something?
- Give first, take second
- NOT “Do what you love”, BUT with “Passion”
- The commandment of Entry
- Entrance barrier – high vs low
- Saturation cause noise
- Is getting into business an event or a process? just 2 clicks vs End-to-End processing
- Easy access roads carry more traffic
- The commandment of Control
- Control organization, products, pricing, revenue model, operational choices
- Drivers create MLM companies; they don’t join them
- Drivers sell franchises; they don’t buy them
- Drivers sell stocks; they don’t buy them
- Drivers offer employment; they don’t get employed
- Drivers accept rents and royalties; they don’t pay rents and royalties
- Drivers sell licenses; they don’t buy them
- Drivers sell IPO shares; they don’t buy them
- The commandment of Scale
- Scale & Magnitude
- The commandment of Time
- Can this business be automated and systematized to operate while I’m absent?
- Are my margins thick enough to hire human resource seedlings?
- Can my operation benefits from the introduction of a money tree seedling?
- How can I get this business to operate exclusive of my time?
- Innovation is a dual challenged process: manufacture and distribution
- So what. Do it better. can you fill the need better, offer greater value, or be a better marketer?
- Poorly met needs are open roads when they often appear closed
- You are easily influenced by people less successful than you want to be
- You think you can sit on the couch and money will spew out of the TV
- You think that the only good money is hard-earned money
- You insist upon staying in your comfort zone at all times
- You think “My situation is different”
- You’re more of an idea pack rat than a beaver
Conventional approaches so very difficult to pull off;-
- I must have a fortress to protect my idea from knockoff artists
- I must reach millions of people
- I want to be famous
- I want to be as rich King Midas from this first invention of mine
- I need to invent something revolutionary
- Inventories are things that are manufactured in factories
=> Let’s start small, nimble, and cheap, and, after you have a pile of money in front of you, only then think about building that giant plant with your name over the door.
- YOUR FIRST PRODUCT; can be information product
- Maybe it would take you a week to write your first 10-page, using bits and piece of time
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