Cloud storage

BitCalm – Hosted DevOps Backup & Configuration Management for Cloud Services

Ed: Backing up servers is and always has been a pain in the ass, so this team has found a real problem with a seemingly simple solution.

Although cloud storage systems are usually redundant with multiple copies of data, this will only protect you from outright failure of a VM or instance.

It won’t save you from yourself and the many screw-ups that can happen running infrastructure.

Full or partial data corruption can happen for a variety of reasons not just hardware.

You could accidentally delete an instance  yourself, or a malicious or incompetent team member could delete or corrupt data or an instance, you could have a problem with your newly deployed code, virus or hacker either accidentally or intentionally deleting or corrupting your data.

As a guy who in another life spent 24 hrs in a noisy ice cold data centre trying to recover a crashed server I can tell you this happens everyday and yet none of the cloud service providers provide a good solution for this.

Most cloud services don’t automatically provide a proper versioning backup method for each instance, in fact quite the opposite, the Cloud is still a bit of a DYI self service when it comes to backups.

I would go so far to say that backup is considered optional and the existing solutions seem to do a pretty poor job of syncing cloud backups away from the server.

DevOps tools are the latest hot sector, managing remote cloud resources is a real pain, looks like these guys might be onto a good point solution for a market that is willing to pay.

 

Startup NameBitCalm
What problem are you solving?Backup configuration and management for multiple Linux servers is complex and takes a lot of developers’ time.
What is your solution?Bitcalm – SaaS for the super simple server files and DBs backup configuration and management.
Target MarketWeb-developers
How will you make money?Subscription
Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity?We target web-developers as our target market. Currently they have 3 opportunities to solve this problem:
1. Use backup solution, which is provided by hosting
pro: built-in solution, easy to use
con: can’t manage backups for multiple servers, hosted on multiple providers, can’t migrate, keeping backups, just snapshots
2. Find or self-code scripts.
pro: seems like a cheap solution
con: need specific skills, time to set up, time to validate, time to manage, time to support and results in non-convenient and not reliable results.
3. Use enterprise solutions.
pro: –
con: expensive, solves other problems (for big companies)Comparing to these three ways, BitCalm is really life-saving service.
Eugene (CEO) faced this problem himself when he was running his own web agency; at the end of each project Eugene and his team faced the same pain in the ass – backup configuration and its maintenance.As a result he decided to build saas solution to solve his own problem and the same time, solve the problem for millions of indie developers, freelancers and small and medium-sized web-development companies.
Founders NamesEugene Morozov (CEO), Boris Dus (Business developer), Yury Andreykovich (CPO)
What type of funding has the company received?Angel
Websitehttps://bitcalm.com
Twitter Handle@bitcalm
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rollApp – Convert & Run Over 140 File Types In The Cloud

Cool App and an interesting concept.  After spending 20 minutes playing with this I think these guys are onto something.

There is obviously a core problem there, I’m sure we have all experienced not being able to open a file that someone has sent to you.

The range of document/app types you can open is staggering, however most of them are open source, its missing the high-end apps like Photoshop and Solidworks. I imagine there are licensing issues with serving their products.

Where the app could make a lot of sense is if it converts files from programs such as Photoshop, Solidworks or some other very expensive app where a user doesn’t want to buy the app but needs to regularly view the file type. (its possible this might work on some of the open source apps but it wasn’t apparent).

What is clear is that they have managed to make over 100 apps run in a web browser with no configuration required on the user end which is very cool.

If you have ever installed Gimp (Image Editing) or Inkscape (Illustrator) or other Open Source apps you know there can be a bit of mucking around to install the required dependancies.

In the early days of the PDF, Adobe was the only way to actually write a PDF, then came numbers of other companies who could read and write the files and some of those turned into decent businesses by competing in the low-end of the market.

If they can work out how to offer the low-end basic editing capability for file types from expensive apps they can bring in revenue from this.

Also they are building an API for developers to embed the functionality into their apps, this could become a more scalable way to build the business.

It’s also possible that they might build a following of users who use the dozens of esoteric apps they support and decide this is a better way to run their app or they want to access their files from anywhere including mobile devices.

Startup Name 

rollApp

What problem are you solving? rollApp is an online application virtualization platform, which allows you to run any application on any device with just a web browser.When running on rollApp, applications behave the same way as if they were installed locally.
What is your solution? RollApp has launched a cool new service calledRollMyFile. It allows users to open nearly any file type one may have on their computer eliminating the need to find, download and install software necessary to work with a particular type of file.It is as simple as dragging the file onto the web page.
Why is this a great opportunity? Having hundreds of applications available on-demand from the cloud in just one click enables use cases, which were unthinkable before:compatibility is not an issue – use the application you need on a device you have
open any file at any time – all necessary apps are instantly available in the cloud and you can run heavy workloads from mobile devices
Target Market everybody who works with multiple file types
How will you make money? We have premium plan for users, who actively work with files from Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud storage
Founders Names Vlad Pavlov
Website https://www.rollapp.com
What type of funding has the company received Venture Capital/ Private Equity