Structure 2010 LaunchPad: CloudSwitch Wins!

The Structure 2010 LaunchPad showcased 11 companies hand-picked by GigaOM on the basis that — as far as we’re concerned — they have “the right stuff” to succeed in the marketplace. Each presenter had just four minutes to present its business to a panel of three judges from the venture capital industry and the audience. The judges selected CloudSwitch as the winner, with Datameer and NorthScale tied for second. CloudSwitch also won the audience choice award by a long shot.

Nimbula: Enterprise cloud operating system that lets users build a computing cloud in their private data center. Funded by Sequoia Capital and VMware (s vmw). Scores: 8, 9, 7

Cloudant: Data management, search and analytics as a cloud service. Cloudant is finishing closed beta, and the VC panel expressed uncertainty about the business model. “Is the free stuff good enough, and how to you build a business?” Scores: 7, 7, 6

SolidFire: Scalable block storage for providers and enterprises that need storage for thousands of servers. The system uses no proprietary hardware and spinning discs — it’s an all-solid-state design. Scores: 7, 7, 8

Datameer: Analytics that make it easy for businesses to aggregate big data, leveraging the power and scale of Hadoop. Datameer has funding from Redpoint Ventures. The system’s designed to be as simple to use as Microsoft (s msft) Excel or any other spreadsheet product, according to CTO Stefan Groschupf, helping to reduce the number of IT requests. A panelist called the team “very credible.” Scores: 8, 10, 8

NorthScale: Alternative to relational databases. Gradually migrate your data from old to new systems. Already has more than $1 million in recurring bookings. Scores: 8, 8, 10

GridCentric: Eliminates need for overprovisioning of computing resources. Instantly scalable. Several customers in trial, and just got its first paying customer: a computational biology lab. Scores: 6, 7, 6

Nephosity: Non-programmers in enterprise settings need an easier way to manage their computational workflows, said founder and CEO Michael Pan. Nephosity seeks to offer that through its “Pomsets” tool, which provides task parallelism and queueing, as well as resource pooling. Pomsets is open-source. Scores: 6, 6, 6

CloudSwitch: Downloadable software product delivered as a VM. Automatically encrypts data and moves enterprises’ existing apps into the cloud without requiring user to make any changes. Permissions can be set for who gets to access the cloud and how. Over $14 million raised from Commonwealth, Matrix and others. Commercially available as of today. Scores: 10, 10, 9

Riptano: “Cassandra is getting a lot of adoption,” and companies need help making the move. Scores: 8, 7, 7

Greenqloud: Compute cloud based in Iceland, powered with renewable energy. Target markets are North America and Europe, where Greenqloud says it can save you money on hosting based on its location. Scores: 7, 7, 6

Zettar: Software that integrates an enterprise’s existing applications with private and public storage clouds. Zettar is currently looking for pilot customers and seeking $5 million to $7 million in Series A funding to accelerate growth. Scores: 7, 8, 7

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