20. Carbonite, Boston, MA, USA:The cloud backup provider has been pushing into database backup for Exchange, SQL Server and additional applications. A fast-growing channel partner program has attracted VARs and MSPs, and allowed Carbonite to expand its cloud business nearly 40 percent last year. Top Exec: David Friend, Chairman & CEO           


19. Dimension Data, Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa: Owned by NTT Group, Dimension Data has pushed beyond its IT solution provider to offer managed hosting services. The company’s CloudControl management system provides self-service provisioning, configuration and administration of cloud servers, storage and networking. Top Exec: Brett Dawson, CEO


18. Zoho, Pleasanton, CA, USA: Need an alternative to Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce.com and other popular SaaS applications? Zoho’s suite of cloud applications competes in those markets – and plenty more. Plus, Zoho cooperates with Google even while competing with the search giant. Zoho’s sister company, ManageEngine, provides tools and technologies to MSPs and corporate IT managers. Top Exec: Sridhar Vembu, CEO


17. LogMeIn, Boston, MA, USA: The remote management platform provider has been pushing into new markets – including Cubby (file sharing), join.me (screen sharing) and more. LogMeIn launched a formal channel partner program in mid-2013. Key hires have included Ted Roller and Shannon Kohn. Top Exec: Michael Simon, CEO & President      


16. Citrix Systems, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA:From cloud applications (GoToMeeting) to cloud infrastructure software (CloudPlatform, CloudPortal, XenServer), Citrix has a growing portfolio of solutions for partners and customers. Still, open source initiatives like CloudStack face stiff competition from Amazon Web Services and OpenStack. Top Exec: Mark Templeton, CEO & President


  • 15. Navisite (Time Warner) New York, NY, USA: The cloud services provider is best known for managing enterprise applications from IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. An international push – including NaviSite Europe – has won IaaS business from key government agencies. Top Exec: R. Brooks Borcherding, Cloud Leader and Visionary

    14. Joyent, San Francisco, CA, USA:The company’s core platforms include Joyent Compute Service (infrastructure), Joyent Manta Storage Service and Joyent Private Cloud (for server and network virtualization with customer self-service). Top Exec: Henry Wasik, CEO


    13. Savvis (a CenturyLink Company), Town & Country, MO, USA: The IaaS provider is building strategic channel partnerships with companies like Avnet Technology Solutions. Savvis has also pushed into cloud databases (Oracle, SQL Server), storage and private cloud solutions. Top Exec: Jeff Von Deylen, President


    12. Dropbox, San Francisco, CA, USA: The cloud-based file sharing specialist is making a major channel partner push. The effort involves Dropbox for business – which starts at $795 per year for five users. Adam Nelson is driving the channel partner push. Top Exec: Drew Houston, CEO


    11. Workday, Pleasanton, CA: The provider of HR and financial cloud applications remains in rapid growth mode. The company’s revenues more than doubled to $274 million last year. Workday, launched by PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield, seems to be on a collision course with Oracle Financials. Top Execs: Aneel Bhusri and Dave Duffield, co-CEOs.


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