The history of cloud computing is longer than you think, with initial concepts stretching back to a time when Gates wasn’t much bigger than a rugrat and Bezos, Brin and Page weren’t even born. However, the technology has exploded in recent years, and now forms a critical piece of infrastructure for entire industries.
As cloud technology becomes more and more mainstream, opportunities have emerged for savvy Seattle entrepreneurs. Some of these companies help data and software evaporate from the oceans of on-premise servers and condense into the cloud. Others focus on helping businesses leverage cloud computing and thereby — ahem — make it rain.
Top Seattle Cloud Companies to Know
Making it rain by: Using its cloud-based platform for unstructured data Management-as-a-Service.
Tell us more: Igneous Systems helps companies manage their data visibility, protection and mobility within a single API. The cloud platform offers continuous data discovery, smart indexing, unified datasets and even automated data backup and recovery. The Allen Institute and Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences are just a couple of the global organizations using Igneous Systems to discover and protect their most sensitive data.
Making it rain by: Scaling and optimizing public and private cloud environments.
Tell us more: Upbound manages Kubernetes open source container clusters across multi-cloud environments. The cloud solution allows for users to run, scale and optimize their workloads across clusters, but as a single entity. Upbound is also a member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation; an open source organization dedicated to making cloud computing universal and sustainable.
Making it rain by: Creating cloud automation and management software.
Tell us more: SkyKick builds software tools for consultants and IT providers which help businesses migrate, backup and manage their customers in the cloud. The company’s flagship product is called Migration Suites for Office 365, which streamlines and automates the process of adopting Microsoft’s cloud-based work productivity applications. SkyKick claims that its tools automate around 90 percent of the labor involved in a cloud migration, and focuses on creating a user-friendly end product while preserving the data they’re moving.
Making it rain by: Bridging the gap between enterprise IT and cloud-native computing.
Tell us more: Heptio gives internet leaders access to distributed systems and open source tools. Founded by the creators of the Kubernetes project, the company uses cloud-based solutions to advance the Kubernetes ecosystem. Earlier this year Heptio teamed up with Actapio to create Gimbal- an open source project to help enterprises load balance network traffic in hybrid environments.
Making it rain by: Creating cloud-native tools that help businesses meet their most pressing challenges.
Tell us more: Matillion’s cloud-native software solutions help to give businesses real-time insights into their data. The company’s ELT products are purposefully built for platforms like Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery and Snowflake. Accenture, GE, Bose and Siemens are just a handful of the international brands using Matillion’s cloud-based products to harness their data.
Making it rain by: Being the “only file storage system designed for trillion file scale.”
Tell us more: The Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) storage system uses a combination of on-premise and cloud-based facilities, and can scale to hold billions of files. The system groups cloud instances or computing nodes into clusters on a single, unified file systems. These clusters connect across globally-distributed (yet intricately connected) systems, where updates by any user on any file are replicated across the system. The company netted $93 million in its Series D funding round in June.
Making it rain by: Helping large legacy companies move their data centers onto the cloud without (too much) pain.
Tell us more: For older, larger companies that matured before the arrival of cloud technology, the prospect of taking data — often written to work with a specific type of hardware — and reconfiguring it to sit on the cloud sounds like far more pain than it’s worth. Inertia sets in, and the business in question stays with its increasingly outdated hardware while younger, more nimble companies take off on the cloud. Skytap helps those legacy businesses catch up by building customized cloud systems which mimic their existing storage structures, enabling a relatively easy transition. It’s a slow-moving field — the International Data Corporation predicts that only half of enterprises will have modernized their data centers by 2020, leaving plenty of opportunity for outfits like Skytap to facilitate those upgrades.
Making it rain by: Helping businesses accelerate growth with cloud-based applications
Tell us more: Bellevue-based Acumatica is an enterprise resource management company focused on helping accelerate mid-sized businesses. Acumatica’s cloud-based applications help businesses track and manage project accounting, commerce, distribution, finances, CRMs and field service. The company recently unveiled construction accounting software designed to improve margins and project control on building projects, and raised $25 million from Silicon Valley firm Accel-KKR in June.