Airlock is pitching a new Secure Cloud Platform to start-up businesses and web and app developers that are seeking an easy, secure platform for building and running WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, LAMP, Magento and Ruby on Rails applications. The big question: How can Airlock stand out in a big crowd of cloud services providers?

According to a company press release, the Secure Cloud Platform provides customers and developers with a turn-key environment that features firewalls, malware scanning, vulnerability monitoring, log monitoring, and more. CTO Austin Saucier built the system; COO Peter Lanier oversees marketing and business operations; Communications Director Amanda Lanier oversees community relations.

Give the company credit: Amanda Lanier reached out to the Talkin' Cloud team to discribe the new product launch. And the company apparently has partnered with JumpBox to gain access to more than 60 fully functional applications and development frameworks.

Still, we haven't had a chance to ask Amanda

  • how the company is funded;
  • how Airlock will stand out in the crowded CSP market; and
  • whether a partner program is coming.

In the meantime, it looks like Airlock is committed to being very flexible for customers and developers. Airlock says customers/developers can start or stop a cloud service account at any time. Plus, there are no set-up fees and no termination fees. You can also upgrade or downgrade cloud resource limits at anytime, Airlock says.

At a time when some CSPs -- including Microsoft -- require annual commitments to some cloud offerings, Airlock's easy on/easy off approach sounds refreshing, assuming it works as advertised.