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CloudSwitch Enterprise - Ready for Business

Commercial Version of CloudSwitch Enterprise Software

Today we launched the commercial version of our CloudSwitch Enterprise software at Structure 2010 in San Francisco. We’re ready for business and making our innovative software generally available. It’s an exciting moment for us, but it also reflects the evolution of the cloud industry.

Two years ago when we were just designing and envisioning our products, we realized that enterprises would want to use the cloud – it seemed inevitable to us that the cloud would dramatically change the way companies build and scale their applications. However, many early discussions tended to go as follows: “Are you thinking of using cloud computing?” “Um, what’s cloud computing?”

What a difference two years make. Not only do we not need to explain what cloud computing is anymore, but we’ve found that most of the companies who participated in our beta program were already planning, thinking, testing and evaluating their cloud strategies and architectures. As seen at the Structure show, an ecosystem of cloud providers has emerged, with offerings for public and private clouds, as well as a growing list of consulting and services firms to support cloud initiatives – and of course, a large and vibrant set of cloud management/enablement providers, including CloudSwitch.

In the past several months, we’ve tested our software with some of the leading enterprises at the forefront of the cloud world – brand-name companies as well as mid-tier organizations, all with exciting use cases that have taught us a great deal about customer requirements. Working with these innovators and seeing our software deployed and working at these customer sites has been a thrill, and we truly appreciate all the input and support. We’ve learned that customers want the agility and cost-effectiveness of the cloud, but need the critical CloudSwitch capabilities of full security and seamless portability between the data center and the cloud – across hypervisors and multiple cloud offerings.

So today we’re proud to announce that v1.0 of CloudSwitch Enterprise is ready for download. Try our 15-day free trial now and start running your applications in the cloud environment that’s right for you. Use your existing management tools and data center policies. CloudSwitch makes it easy with our enterprise-class features:

  • Support for Amazon EC2 and Terremark’s VMware-based clouds (enabled through the vCloud API)
  • Full encryption of data and communications through AES-256
  • Role-based access controls for setting user/group permissions and controls
  • Support for Windows and Linux-based applications
  • Industry-first CloudFit™ for best fit of virtual instances into cloud resources
  • Layer-2 bridge between data center and cloud environments
  • API for programmatic control and integration into virtualized environments

To learn more about CloudSwitch Enterprise, please visit our updated product information. And if you’re still thinking about your cloud strategy, get started by downloading our always-free Explorer software for 1 user and up to 5 servers running in the Amazon EC2 cloud. Make the cloud part of your IT infrastructure today and see how simple and secure the cloud can be with CloudSwitch.

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Ellen Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of ClearSky Data, an enterprise storage company that recently raised $27 million in a Series B investment round. She is an experienced entrepreneur with a record in leading strategy, market positioning and go-to- market efforts for fast-growing companies. Most recently, she was co-founder of CloudSwitch, a cloud enablement software company, acquired by Verizon in 2011. Prior to founding CloudSwitch, Ellen was the vice president of marketing at Netezza, where as a member of the early management team, she helped grow the company to more than $130 million in revenues and a successful IPO in 2007. Ellen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard University.

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