This week ChannelWeb announced their 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors. As they note:
“What makes these 100 cloud vendors collected here so cool isn’t just the technology. These guys attack the cloud with a certain panache. A sort of swagger, if you will. They get the job done and they look good doing it.”
ChannelWeb divided the “Cool Cloud Computing Vendors” into five categories:
- 20 Coolest Cloud Platform Vendors
- 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors
- 20 Coolest Cloud Productivity App Vendors
- 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors
- 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors
Informatica was recognized as a Cool Cloud Infrastructure Vendor. Here’s what they had to say:
“Informatica basically pioneered cloud computing for data integration, offering a host of offerings for customers of various shapes and sizes. It offers fast and easy pay-as-you-go and pay-for-use options that let users move data into or out of the cloud or manage data within the cloud from one app to another.”
In this InformationWeek article by Bob Evans, Informatica CEO Sohaib Abbasi summarizes why data integration has become such a critical component of cloud computing and why the Informatica Cloud has now become so “cool”:
“Our customers first started experimenting with SaaS, and now more recently with a variety of cloud applications, like Salesforce.com. And now they’re moving up to cloud-based infrastructure like Amazon EC2 and cloud platforms like Force.com, just as they did with building their on-premise model up and out.
“As customers are looking at Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service, a common concern is security: securing the resources and securing the data—and how to retain control over all those resources, particularly data you’ve outsourced into the cloud.
“We recognized this five years ago and saw the need to help them manage and secure all those widespread resources and data, and the roadmap we’ve delivered on over those needs.”