SOURCE: CloudSwitch, Inc.

CloudSwitch, Inc.

March 01, 2010 09:33 ET

CloudSwitch Opens Beta Program to Drive Enterprise Cloud Exploration

Free Version of Innovative Software Appliance Moves VMware-Based Applications to the Amazon EC2 Cloud

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - CloudSwitch, Inc. today announced that it has launched its beta program for CloudSwitch Explorer. For the first time, enterprises can move existing, multi-tiered applications to the Amazon EC2 cloud with point-and-click simplicity and no modifications. CloudSwitch's innovative software bridges the enterprise data center with cloud computing services, extending enterprise security and control into the cloud. With CloudSwitch, applications remain tightly integrated with enterprise data center tools and policies, and are managed as if they were running locally.

CloudSwitch Explorer is a free, downloadable software appliance that installs easily into VMware environments. It supports a single user and up to five Windows and Linux virtual machines in the Amazon EC2 cloud. IT professionals and developers who want to explore the cloud simply and securely can do this starting today with CloudSwitch.

"We want any enterprise that's interested in exploring the cloud to feel confident that they can do this easily, without re-engineering their applications," said John McEleney, CEO at CloudSwitch. "The cloud offers a fast, scalable and low-cost alternative to traditional corporate data centers, and our goal at CloudSwitch is to extend the internal IT infrastructure to a wide range of cloud services in a simple and secure way."

Growing Beta Program

CloudSwitch has been working closely with early beta customers and partners since late 2009. The private beta program included several mid-tier and large enterprises in the telecommunications, healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries, among others. Based on this feedback, CloudSwitch has continued to develop and improve its beta offerings, and is making the CloudSwitch Explorer version available for free so a broad range of customers can access the cloud with no risk. At the same time, the CloudSwitch Enterprise commercial version is available in an expanded beta program for enterprises that are ready for larger cloud deployments, with multiple users and groups.

Both the Explorer and Enterprise versions are built on CloudSwitch's patent-pending Cloud Isolation Technology™ that secures all data and communications end-to-end and automatically maps applications into the target cloud. Once the CloudSwitch software appliance has been deployed in a virtualized environment, the customer can select Windows and Linux applications and move them to the cloud easily, with no engineering efforts. CloudSwitch eliminates the changes to applications, networking and management tools that were previously required to use the cloud, and protects customers from cloud lock-in.

"CloudSwitch has arrived in the market at the right time and place," said William Fellows, Principal Analyst at the 451 Group. "Experimentation with basic applications in the public cloud and planning for eventual bridging of internal and public clouds is happening across most industry segments, and CloudSwitch is well-positioned to drive enterprise cloud adoption."

Pricing and Availability

CloudSwitch Explorer and CloudSwitch Enterprise beta versions are available now at www.cloudswitch.com. Explorer is always free, while Enterprise pricing begins at $25,000 for an annual license including basic support and up to 20 virtual machines under management in the cloud. Cloud usage fees are paid separately to the cloud provider. Additional pricing for scaling cloud deployments is available. CloudSwitch provides a 15-day free trial version of the Enterprise version for customer evaluations. To learn more about both the Explorer and Enterprise versions, please call (866) 578-6127 or contact us at info@cloudswitch.com.

About CloudSwitch

CloudSwitch delivers the enterprise gateway to the cloud. CloudSwitch's innovative software appliance enables enterprises to move their existing applications to the right cloud computing environment--securely, simply and without changes. With CloudSwitch, applications remain tightly integrated with enterprise data center tools and policies, and can be moved easily between different cloud environments and back into the data center based on the requirements of the business. Backed by Matrix Partners, Atlas Ventures and Commonwealth Capital Ventures, CloudSwitch is based in Burlington, MA and is led by seasoned entrepreneurs from BMC, EMC, Netezza, RSA, SolidWorks and Sun Microsystems. For more information about CloudSwitch, please visit us at www.cloudswitch.com and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cloudswitchcom.

For additional coverage of CloudSwitch by the 451 Group, please visit http://www.cloudswitch.com/files/451-Group-CloudSwitch-Impact-Report.pdf.

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