7 quirky facts about Network World’s cloud startups to watch

Sometimes to be a startup you need to be a little out there

Startups can be quirky places. Network World recently profiled a dozen newcomers in the cloud computing market and in doing so found some interesting facts about the companies beyond just what they’re selling. Read the full story to get the low down on startups in the cloud market and take a look at products from the companies here.

CloudLock
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CloudLock

Waltham, Mass.-based CloudLock provides security for Google Apps and Salesforce.com by ensuring that sensitive information is encrypted and being handled correctly.

The founders of the company, Tsahy Shapsa and Gil Zimmerman, know a thing or two about security: Both served in the Israeli Defense Forces, and Shapsa served in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office as a security team leader.

The CloudLock team is seen here standing on a balcony at the company’s headquarters.

Docker
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Docker

Docker delivers an alternative approach to virtualization by leveraging containerization, providing a multi-lingual, agile and cost-effective tool for developing and delivering applications. The company’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco are all jungle-themed with plants surrounding the interior of the building.

ElasticBox
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ElasticBox

ElasticBox has created application management software that allows apps to be portable and run regardless of whether their underlying infrastructure is one of many public or private clouds.

The company has a life-sized cardboard cutout of David Hasselhoff in its offices.

CloudPhysics
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CloudPhysics

CloudPhysics offers a SaaS platform that uses powerful big data analytics to help customers optimize their data center operations.

The company covers the partial cost of a membership to a health club that’s across the street from its headquarters in Mountain View. CloudPhysics workers are seen here working in the company’s office.

nCrypted
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nCrypted

nCrypted encrypts files stored in consumer cloud services like Box, DropBox and Google Drive.

Founder Nick Stamos (who is pictured on the right with CTO Igor Odnovorov) started the company after Mitt Romney’s DropBox account got hacked during the 2012 presidential campaign. An associate of the campaign asked Stamos how to protect accounts from future hacks. Unsatisfied with the products on the market, Stamos started nCrypted.

PernixData
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PernixData

San Jose-based PernixData has a “storage hypervisor” that virtualizes flash storage arrays.

The company also has some notable investors and board members, including John Thompson, the former Symantec CEO who recently led the search for Microsoft’s new chief executive and was subsequently appointed Microsoft’s Chairman of the Board. The company also has a ping pong table in its office, but then again doesn’t every company in Silicon Valley?

Salsify
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Salsify

Salsify sells a cloud-based Product Information Management and Exchange software for ecommerce websites. The team is pictured here.

The company not only has a cloud offering, but Salsify is run completely from the cloud as well. It hosts its product in Amazon Web Services’ cloud and the company founders use a variety of other cloud-based services for all of their work, eliminating the need to own any hardware infrastructure. Marketing executive Rob Gonzalez estimates that the company uses about 30 cloud-based systems, from PaaS services like Heroku to Google Apps for email and document sharing and DropBox for file synchronization.