Cloud Company Launches Application Management Platform
March 15, 2010: Standing Cloud, a Boulder, Colo.-based company that makes cloud application management easy, has launched a platform for non-technical managers, executives and business owners who want to solve business problems at low cost using Web-based application software.
Standing Cloud makes it easy for end users to deploy and manage Web applications. With support for more than 50 applications, ranging from content management system Drupal and blog software WordPress to call-flow processing software OpenVBX and ad server OpenX, Standing Cloud allows users to test drive software in a matter of seconds or host it in a few minutes. By handling all the basic system administration functions, Standing Cloud frees users to focus on solving their business problems.
Standing Cloud offers several advantages over traditional cloud and software-as-a-service options:
- Simplicity: Standing Cloud turns cloud servers into your own personal Software as a Service – with no technical knowledge required.
- Flexibility: With Standing Cloud, end users can integrate other services and applications, or customize the application with templates, modules, or other add-ins. User may also move seamlessly to a different cloud service at any time.
- Cost: Because Standing Cloud charges are based on the deployment instead of the number of users, it can be less expensive than other options.
- Reliability: Standing Cloud can move users' applications to another cloud service in minutes, so that there is not a single point of failure. SaaS offerings vary greatly in their uptime, and when they are down their users have no choice but to wait.
- Control: Application version upgrades can be performed when the end user is ready, not when the SaaS provider decides to do them. Standing Cloud also enables a "preview" of the upgraded application so that the end user can be confident it will still work after the upgrade.
"The 'cloud' holds huge potential for changing how businesses deploy application software. But until now only technology companies and corporate IT departments have had the capabilities to realize that promise," said David J. Jilk, founder and CEO. "With Standing Cloud, even non-technical end users can install, configure and manage application software to solve their business problems at low cost, with low commitment, and without the assistance of overworked or expensive IT professionals."
Launched in 2009, Standing Cloud has raised $2 million, led by Boulder's Foundry Group, which has also invested in Zynga, AdMeld and PogoPlug.
Standing Cloud is built in Java and is currently deployed on Rackspace and Amazon EC2 cloud servers. Server configurations and application deployments rely on bash scripts; a variety of technologies are used to "glue" the components necessary for an end-to-end complete solution that works reliably for end users. Standing Cloud was founded by David J. Jilk, CEO, a serial entrepreneur and technologist who has founded or led eight startup companies.