• Today enterprises are becoming more sophisticated in the way potential cloud suppliers are evaluated. While keeping a closer look at their governance and data security policies, enterprises also sought for independent verification of the provider’s capabilities. The increasing use of multiple cloud providers has consequently resulted in the rise of new cloud management services that include service integration, management and monitoring for all cloud services contracted by an organization. The percentage of enterprises that have a strategy to use multiple clouds hold steady at 82 percent with 55 percent planning on hybrid. The adoption of hybrid approach has enabled businesses to take advantage of the scalability offered by cloud computing, without exposing critical data to third-party vulnerabilities. However, there have been several challenges in the hybrid cloud development such as integration and application incompatibilities, lack of management tools and common APIs. New developments such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure and Google will continue to battle for public cloud customers with lower prices, new compute options and a honed focus on big data services. Nevertheless, as enterprise IT is evolving rapidly, startups are governing the charge toward new computing infrastructures defined by scale-out architectures, highly integrated data sources, flexible management techniques and proficient resource provisioning. New entrances in the market are partnering with industry heavyweights building unique components to help power major enterprise offerings. At the same time, most of them are either seeking to commercialize cutting-edge open-source technologies or working to ease it for solution providers and corporate IT leaders to reap the benefits of Cloud. Shedding more light on this growing & promising cloud startup era, we present a list of 10 Most Promising Cloud Startups. Being closely scrutinized by a distinct panel of judges including CEOs, CIOs, CXO, analysts and CIOReview editorial board, we believe that these companies will help significantly improve your company’s Cloud agenda, and help take the business’ revenue streams to the next level.