Cloud companies to watch: A product sampler

A look at 4 up-and-coming cloud companies' offerings


Our Cloud Companies to Watch story gives you the lowdown on a handful of startups looking to make their mark in a business so far dominated by the likes of Amazon, Google, Rackspace and VMware. Here's a closer look at some of the products and services being rolled out by these newcomers.


Cloudability services: Cloudability 's cloud cost-management services are designed to help you eliminate cloud bill shock by letting you know when you're overspending on cloud services relative to your needs. The program collects data from multiple cloud vendors that you use and then sends you a daily email report providing all sorts of data on your cloud computing usage. Among other things, the report can tell you the amount you're spending each day and month on cloud services, the vendors you're getting services from, the types of cloud services you're using (e.g. hosting, support, storage, etc.) and how much different departments in your company are spending on cloud services.


VCider's Distributed Virtual Switch for Cloud Computing: This offering gets cloud infrastructure from different vendors located in multiple regions to behave as though it's a locally controlled LAN. Users can set up their own inter-cloud networks by logging onto their VCider account and downloading software onto all the cloud nodes they want to include in the network. The VCider system then gives them virtual IP addresses that can be used to communicate with one another as though they're located on the same LAN instead of on, say, different continents.


Cloudfloor's CloudControl: This is a data collection service designed to help you maximize the efficiency of your cloud service, no matter how you define it. You start by logging into Cloudfloor's portal to check out your metrics that measure cost, resiliency, performance and regulatory compliance. Cloudfloor pulls a lot of its metrics from aggregators such as Google Analytics and Amazon AWS and then organizes the data to give users their desired metrics for how they want their cloud services to perform. From there, users can tell Cloudfloor what their goals are and then let the system shape traffic to meet those goals. So for instance, if your top goal is performance and resiliency, you can have Cloudfloor assess more bandwidth and resources to a particular area in a region where you expect to get heavy traffic and even help you pool cloud resources from multiple vendors to get the job done.

Cloud Cruiser

Cloud Cruiser's services: The company offers a SaaS product that lets IT departments find the cheapest ways to process high workloads, whether through a private cloud, public cloud or multiple public clouds. In other words, the software lets companies "cruise" for different cloud solutions and pick the one that will do the job the cheapest. Users can keep up with their company's cloud usage by logging into Cloud Cruiser's MyCloud dashboard (shown here) that can show both how many cloud resources they're using and which departments and projects within the company are consuming the most resources at a given time. From there, users can alert departments if their cloud consumption is due to blow a hole in the monthly budget and provide suggestions for how they can lower their cloud consumption.