Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars To Watch
Over the past couple of months, CloudTweaks offered to its readers corporate profiles of some of the most innovative and fast developing start-ups in Europe. Some companies on the list are already well-known in the cloud computing sectors while others are still developing their services. What distinguishes them is the fact that all the companies are based in Europe, although some of them have offices in North America and Asia, and are involved in developing innovative products that are almost entirely cloud-based. This is not a complete list of all promising European cloud start-ups but a series of profiles of those companies that already set foot on the market and are rapidly growing. Some of them will succeed in their efforts while others might disappear in time but all of them are worth watching in the foreseeable future…
The companies are listed in alphabetical order
1 – Aepona – Aepona is a company providing application-led products and services to telecommunications operators worldwide. The flagship product of Aepona is the company’s Universal Service Platform which allows service creation and implementation to be carried out within the service network from underlying network resources.
2 – Amplidata – Amplidata’s Distributed Storage System provides storage solutions for cloud-based businesses and data centers which are based on a next generation RAIN grid. Amplidata is able to scale up to tens of Petabytes within a very reasonable period.
3 – BlueTeach - BlueTeach is a knowledge sharing community in the Cloud, offering a virtual classroom called Eclass. The service features featuring videoconferencing tools and whiteboard that allows users to embed graphics and other objects. Teachers can work for free or conduct paid lessons.
4 – Brightpearl – Brightpearl offers end-to-end web based solutions for small and medium businesses featuring a fully integrated accounting, CRM, order and stock management, ecommerce and helpdesk capability. The platform integrates with services like Gmail, Google Apps, MailChimp and many others.
5 – Cloudmore – Cloudmore’s solution is described as able to provide one stop provisioning, billing, integrated identity and service level management that enables companies and organizations to smooth and accelerate the transition to the cloud.
6 – CloudSigma – CloudSigma is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, and its platform is independent of operating systems allowing users to install any operating system they like by choosing from standard server templates or uploading their own.
7 – CohesiveFT – CohesiveFT allows users to dynamically define and deploy servers for virtual environments and clouds through its platform, named Elastic Server. The company also develops VPN-Cubed, a cloud security solution.
8 – Flexiant – Flexiant provides cloud infrastructure software and services for hosting providers, data center owners and telecommunications operators and is one of only three independent public cloud providers in Europe. Their FlexiScale is Europe’s first cloud platform which was launched in 2007.
9 – GreenQloud - GreenQloud is a public cloud computing service that is 100% powered by renewable geothermal and hydropower energy. The company is based in Iceland and claims that is the first start-up company of this kind in the cloud computing industry; namely, 100% green.
10 – Huddle – Huddle is an online project management product that is alos accessible via iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry. Its desktop esktop applications include add-ins and plug-ins for Microsoft Office, Xobni, Chrome Web Store, LinkedIn, Xing, and Ning.
11 – iCloud – Xcerion AB offers its Internet OS as a Web 2.0 service under the name iCloud. One of the features that distinguishes iCloud from other similar services is the fact that it is free to use. No subscription fees are applied and no premium paid membership is offered while customers are able to purchase additional 100 GB of storage space.
12 – iSpaces – The company runs a cloud service named NonStopWeb™, and in addition offers a newly launched product called CloudBrowser™. ClodBrowser is a web browser within a browser allowing users to log in to the company’s platform from multiple computers while iSpaces saves the state of their interface to the company’s data storage centers in the cloud.
13 – Kwaga – Kwaga based of applied computational linguistics, which is able to understand email texts and take appropriate actions depending on the type and content of the message. The company’s SmarterEmails™ semantic toolkit, launched in October 2009, is available from the Google Apps Marketplace and its proprietary semantic technology understands email text, detecting urgency, action requests, deadlines etc.
14 – Memonic – Memonic is a personal online notebook to store text, pictures, videos or sound they found in Internet, developed by Nektoon Ltd. The online notebook offered by Memonic is available as a web-based service and is accessible in Windows, iPhone and any Smartphone.
15 – Mvine - Mvine is a social business software platform, which bets on niche markets trying to serve particular communities, rejecting the one-size-fits-all business model applied by leading companies in the field. The Software as a Service (SaaS) competes with business collaboration platforms like Microsoft Sharepoint and Salesforce Chatter.
16 – Racktivity – Racktivity provides customers with a solution that focuses on optimizing the physical infrastructure layer. Racktivity’s Rack Controller replaces power distribution units with a smart device that tracks energy use, temperature, humidity, airflow and rack security.
17 – RunMyProcess – RunMyProcess offers a cloud-based platform as a service (PaaS) that allows customers to build and deploy highly customized business applications. The platform integrates with Google Apps and is targeting primarily IT managers or businesses who manage large or complex networks.
18 – Timetric – A hosted service for managing and analyzing statistical data; actually, a cloud-based Data as a Service (DaaS) platform for websites and publications interested in presenting statistical data in various spheres. Timetric is Platform as a cloud-based, proprietary time series database, statistics aggregator, and visualization system.
19 – Tradeshift – Tradeshift is a free invoicing tool, which supports all major web browsers and allows customers to send and receive invoices electronically. The software features social networking functionality enabling users to add and invite business partners to join their network.
20 – Twinfield – Twinfield provides online accounting accounts to businesses via secure connection. Twinfield is the first such web service for online accounting in Europe. The company’s subscription service competes with several similar cloud-based services worldwide.
21 – VirtenSys – VirtenSys offers patented I/O virtualization technologies for servers and storage platforms.
22 – Visor – Visor Limited is a developer and distributor of an online accounting product for accounting service providers in Ireland. The company’s flagship product, accountsIQ, offers accounting package, Web-based accounting, and financial control services, including business analysis and reporting functions.
23 – Webdoc – Webdoc enables users to insert almost unlimited types of content into their “webdocs”. Webdoc offers functionality to integrate interactive applications like slideshows, games and polls into a webdoc. In addition, users can put into their webdocs web services like Twitter or Google Maps.
24 – Workbooks – Workbooks.com provides web-based CRM and business applications that require no additional software or hardware. Their solution uses a ‘Windows-like’ desktop interface, allowing users to sort, group and filter their data.
25 – Zimory – Zimory boasts a carrier grade cloud computing solution suite that enables enterprises, communication service providers and partners to offer dynamic IT infrastructure services for the enterprise environment.
By Kiril Kirilov