The cloud concept is not new, but money is now being invested into cloud computing companies like never before. The ability to upgrade systems and store data on the fly is becoming big business. Like everything in the computer world, the technology is growing faster than the demand. Large companies are investing billions into the cloud, and while they research the best ways to design the optimal system, startups are coming up right behind them with innovative ideas. Here are three startups that are trying to change the way we use the cloud:
Cloud Guys Corporation
Cloud Guys Corporation is a U.S./French startup company that is using Kickstarter to get the funds it needs to move forward with its project. Cloud Guys Corporation has created a device, originally called the Plug but now called the Lima, which allows users to create a cloud at home.
One end of the Lima is plugged into your home Internet, and the other end is connected to a USB hard drive. You can then link all your computers and mobile devices to the hard drive. This gives each device a larger storage capacity and creates a shared link between them for quick data sharing. When you want to add more data storage, you can simply run down to the local computer store and buy another hard drive for your internal network.
There is a little legwork involved, but the user owns all the equipment and is able to connect to his own secure private network. In fact, it is so private, that Cloud Guys proclaims that the Lima protects against the PRISM surveillance program.
Cloud Guys is at the ground level — so far it doesn’t even have a website — but is moving up quickly. The company received the funding it needed to start making the device within 12 hours of starting the Kickstarter project, and it has received more than 10x what it asked for.
Nebula has been around for a few years, but it wasn’t until 2012 that it received the extra funding it needed to delve into the cloud market. Nebula has the same basic principle as Cloud Guys, but its private cloud is designed for businesses. The main idea is a company can maintain a cloud behind its firewall.
A company can buy one of Nebula’s controllers for $100,000. Is that a lot? Of course it is, but it gives the company a lot of processing power and storage for years to come. The Nebula One has all the hardware and software needed to run a personal cloud and several networks. Nebula also claims that a single IT professional can run the entire system.
The company uses OpenStack, which is a globally collaborated open source cloud computing platform. OpenStack makes it easy to integrate old and new programs alike into the network. The IT manager or developer can find updates easily to add to the network, and a single developer can make needed adjustments on the fly.
BrightTag has taken a simple concept and is running with it. BrightTag has developed cloud-based data integration tools to manage tags. Companies can connect to their partners using BrightTag, which uses a tag management system (TMS) to provide a single point of integration. Companies won’t have to try to integrate several third-party tools to tag individual pages or to gather independent analytics from their sites. BrightTag’s TMS does most of the work in real-time via direct integration through the cloud.
BrightTag eliminates vendor tags and connects the company’s data directly. The data is delivered quickly across channels such as email, mobile devices, and a point-of-sale (POS) system.
These startup cloud computing companies have already made a name for themselves. But as the story goes, there are new startups created all the time with new ideas and new technology to make the cloud a better, safer place to store data (remember: without a robust broadband connection the cloud is useless, so use an internet speed test before any big purchase).