Under The Radar, a series of conferences organized by Dealmaker Media, is a platform for startups to launch themselves in front of some of the top minds in industry is organizing their cloud event on April 16th, 2010 with a focus on Commercializing the Cloud, highlighting the fact that Cloud Computing has moved from the hype phase to increasing enterprise adoption. As a media partner, we have been talking about this event for sometime now. Zoli wrote a post introducing this year’s event on April 16th, 2010. Last week, I wrote a post highlighting some of the participating companies who are either cloud brokers or offer technologies that could help cloud brokers. In this post, I will highlight some other participants in the infrastructure and monitoring space and end the post with an option for a special $200 discount. The choice of the companies below are made randomly with no specific preference.

  • Aprigo: Aprigo offers an interesting data management solutions that could help the customers meet the compliance requirements. One one hand, their solution offers a great protection against data breaches, governance, etc. and, on the other hand, it helps the users with powerful visualizations of their unstructured data and optimization of data storage. They offer a free version and a pro version with the paid version offering more capabilities than the free plan. Aprigo is the only suite of data management apps that provides a holistic view of your company’s data without breaking the bank.
  • Cloudant: Cloudant is an interesting company among all the participants. The reason they came under my radar is because, like me, the founders of the company are also ex-physicists. They were part of the MIT team working on the Large Hadron Collider and their frustrations with the lack of tools to handle petabytes of data from LHC lead to this company. In short, Cloudant is CouchDB in the cloud. Thus Y-Combinator startup offers redundant and scalable storage across multiple clouds and expose their service as a RESTful JSON API. They have a free plan with 1 GB of space and it is currently in beta. I suppose they have plans for more products in the future.
  • Cloudshare: Cloudshare came under my radar couple of months back when I was doing some research on one of their competitors. I had a chance to speak to them about their product and they do have an interesting enterprise solution where one can share an entire IT environment just like how we share files or documents. Their software makes it super easy to mimic an IT infrastructure to give a demo or training. Vendors like VMware, Cisco, SAP and others have already adopted Cloudshare’s product to extend their virtual infrastructure to the cloud.

There are many other interesting companies in the mix and you should check out their schedule for the complete list of participating companies and their grad circle. If their schedule excites you, then you should register for the event using the special $200 discount for out readers by visiting this link.

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Krishnan Subramanian

Krish dons several avatars including entrepreneur in exile, analyst cum researcher, technology evangelist, blogger, ex-physicist, social/political commentator, etc.. My main focus is research and analysis on various high impact topics in the fields of Open Source, Cloud Computing and the interface between them. I also evangelize Open Source and Cloud Computing in various media outlets, blogs and other public forums. I offer strategic advise to both Cloud Computing and Open Source providers and, also, help other companies take advantage of Open Source and Cloud Computing. In my opinion, Open Source commoditized software and Cloud Computing commoditized computing resources. A combination of these two developments offers a strong competitive advantage to companies of all sizes and shapes. Due to various factors, including fear, the adoption of both Open Source and Cloud Computing are relatively slow in the business sector. So, I take it upon myself to clear any confusion in this regard and educate, enrich and advise users/customers to take advantage of the benefits offered by these technologies. I am also a managing partner in two consulting companies based in India. I blog about Open Source topics at http://open.krishworld.com and Cloud Computing related topics at http://www.cloudave.com.

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