The Cloud Can’t Stand Alone
Sep. 20, 2010 | CRN.com
As cloud computing and cloud applications continue to make inroads and cloud adoption climbs, a host of supplementary cloud computing solutions — ones that bolt onto the cloud to add additional functionality like management capabilities, archiving, e-discovery and continuity — have hit the market to round out a cloud environment. Many of these companies make the cloud pop, adding features not available in just vanilla cloud.
Here, CRN takes a look at 10 supplemental cloud computing solutions that add new functionality to the cloud.
Waltham, Mass.-based Aprigo makes an on-demand data management platform dubbed NINJA that lets IT departments reduce storage costs and control access to sensitive data. Aprigo NINJA puts data management in the cloud. The SaaS tool requires no changes to existing infrastructure or processes, has no agents or databases to install and makes it easy to manage data in multiple remote sites.
Backupify launched earlier this year with its enterprise-focused offering to backup, archive and export enterprise data using Google Apps. Essentially, Backupify’s service lets users automatically and securely backup all data stored in Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar, Contact and Sites accounts.
GoodData, found in 2007, puts business intelligence into the cloud. It takes business intelligence and offers it as a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to give customers and partners operational dashboards, advanced reporting and data warehousing. The San Francisco-based company’s cloud-based BI takes sales, marketing, operations, finance, HR or any other data and displays it all on one page. The Gooddata.com service runs on Amazon Web Services’ cloud.