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Top 10 cloud tools

Christine Burns | April 9, 2013
New tools help IT execs cut cloud costs, optimize resources, integrate and manage cloud instances

The list of Enstratius' supported clouds is growing considerably and currently most of the big names, including Amazon Web Services, OpenStack-based clouds, Google, HP Cloud Services, Rackspace, Microsoft Windows Azure and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise.

Company: Informatica

Product: Informatica Cloud Spring 2013

Category: Cloud data integration

Informatica - a long-time data integration vendor - this month will roll out its next generation suite of cloud integration tools (which are delivered as a platform as a service) that include enhancements that address data security issues in the cloud and help enterprise IT manage data integration issues in hybrid cloud deployments.

The new Informatica Cloud Data Masking service reduces the risk of data breaches during application development and testing. And the new Informatica Cloud Extend workflow service is geared toward business process creation and management in the cloud. The upgrade from the company's 2012 Winter version also delivers new security and administration features that support broader cloud integration deployments and strengthen IT governance and control.

These include hybrid security options for storing connection credentials - (e.g., username, password, security token, etc.) on-premise, behind the firewall or in the cloud; and organization-level blackouts that give administrators the ability to define blackout periods during which no integration, replication or data quality jobs will run, thus strengthening IT control and simplifying the management of upgrades.

Company: MuleSoft

Product: CloudHub

Category: Cloud integration service

Delivered as a packaged integration experience, CloudHub and Mule ESB are built on open source technology to provide quick, reliable application integration without vendor lock-in. The company offers CloudHub, a cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS) for connecting SaaS, cloud and on-premise applications and APIs; and, Mule ESB, an open source enterprise service bus for connecting enterprise applications on-premise and to the cloud. The company claims it is currently supporting billions of transactions per day, used in production by thousands of enterprises, including Walmart, MasterCard, Nokia, Nestle and Honeywell. Additionally, MuleSoft enables integrations with leading SaaS vendors such as, NetSuite, Workday, Intuit and Metanga.

Company: Opscode

Product: Chef

Category: Cloud Configuration Management

Chef is an open source Ruby-based configuration management product served up by Opscode under the Apache license. Hosted Chef (and its private cloud sibling, Private Chef) lets cloud system administrators programmatically configure virtual systems, thereby cutting down on repetitive, manual operations. Chef - which, as the name might allude, uses culinary terms as metaphors to organize its processes - mainly homes on the tasks of provisioning, configuring and integrating cloud resources. Opscode in February released a completely rewritten version of Chef which the company says offers unparalleled scalability.

Company: Puppet Labs

Product: Puppet

Category: Cloud Configuration Management


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