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Why we're watching it: Symplified addresses some of an enterprise's weightiest concerns about using cloud services, including the ability to determine who has access to SaaS applications, deactivate user accounts easily, scale out user access as needed, and manage user identities and policies from a central point.
Integrating existing security policies and administration with cloud applications and data should provide IT organizations the enterprise-class cloud security they desire. Using online identity and access management, for example, has clear benefits such as "instant" compliance, reduced operational and staffing costs and attractive, pay-as-you-go pricing models, according to Forrester security analysts in a recent report.
SinglePoint, available as an on-premises appliance or hosted in the cloud, is pre-integrated with leading cloud applications and platforms including Google Apps, Salesforce.com, ADP, Taleo and others.
Who heads the company: CEO Eric Olden, who co-founded Web access management pioneer Securant Technologies until its acquisition by RSA Security in 2001. He co-authored the AuthXML Web security specification and negotiated its combination with Netegrity's S2ML to create Security Assertion Markup Language, OASIS' identity federation standard.
How the company got into cloud computing: Symplified's founders identified the need to extend IT security and control mechanisms to the cloud.
What it offers: Enterprise Cloud, a high-end hosted private cloud, plus vCloud Express, a pay-as-you-go cloud service aimed at development teams and departmental needs
How much it costs: Enterprise Cloud custom pricing depends on the size of the dedicated resource pool; vCloud Express pricing depends on a number of factors, such as the number and type of servers used and the amount of storage required, but starts as low as 3.6 cents per hour.
Why we're watching it: Terremark is about as good of a representative of hosted private cloud model – an appealing option for enterprises that want the benefits of cloud computing without the hassle of maintaining the infrastructure internally -- as it gets. In a recent test conducted by ExtremeLabs for Network World, testers found Terremark delivered speed and offered the best administrative portal, as well as the lowest cost of clouds tested. "Terremark's rapid speed of delivery (three days) earned the product high marks as it delivered quickly and to spec — all things we like in a cloud vendor," the testers said.
Who heads the company: Manuel Medina, who has served as CEO since founding Terremark 30 years ago.
How the company got into cloud computing: Cloud computing represents a natural extension of the company's longstanding utility computing architecture and IT infrastructure services business.
Headquarters: Waltham, Mass.
What it offers: Viewfinity, a SaaS suite for systems management, privilege management and user migration capabilities
How much it costs: Viewfinity Systems Management is $48 per desktop per year; Viewfinity Privilege Management costs $28 per desktop annually; Viewfinity User Migration, which targets moves from Windows XP and Vista to Windows 7, was free through April as a promotion