25 Growing Cloud Computing Startups (2021)

by Josh Howarth - July 2, 2021

Cloud computing has been one of the biggest tech trends of the last few years.

In 2019, more than 60% of business software was based—and ran—on traditional, on-premise servers. However, this number is expected to decrease to around 32% by 2022.

According to Gartner, 85% of enterprises will adopt a cloud-first culture by 2025. This massive adoption of cloud computing will help the industry grow at a CAGR of around 18% and reach a market size of $1 trillion by 2026.

In this article, we have listed 25 trending cloud computing startups that are contributing to growth in this space.

1. Amperity

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5-year search growth: 5300%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2016

Location: Seattle, Washington

Funding: $87M (Series C)

What they do: Amperity is a data management platform leveraging AI and cloud computing to help brands get a better understanding of their customers. They do this by gathering and analyzing customer data and then using that information to create 360-degree customer profiles. The startup is funded by 16 investors, with Goldman Sachs being one of their most recent and most notable investors

2. Qentinel

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5-year search growth: 200%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2002

Location: Espoo, Finland

Funding: Undisclosed Amount (Acquisition)

What they do: Qentinel operates a cloud-based testing platform. It is designed to run website, mobile and software testing compatible with multiple platforms and clouds. According to the Qentinel, over 100,000 performances made up of more than 10 million lines of codes are conducted daily on the platform.

3. CodeScene

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5-year search growth: 0%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: Malmo, Sweden

Funding: $3.62M (Seed)

What they do: CodeScene is a tool that analyses a company’s codebase to understand and identify code-related health issues and risks. IT also prioritized and ranks risks depending on their business impact. And presents them in a visual dashboard. The startup has an estimated yearly revenue of $700K.

4. CloudHesive

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5-year search growth: -100%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Funding: Undisclosed Amount (Seed)

What they do: CloudHesive helps clients develop their cloud strategy by providing consulting and managed services aimed to optimize operations, security, reliability, cost and performance. The startup has experienced a CAGR of 59% in the last 4 years, bringing its estimated yearly revenue to around $5M.

5. Crusoe Energy

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5-year search growth: 200%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: Denver, Colorado

Funding: $203.1M (Series B)

What they do: Crusoe Energy operates mobile modular data centers that capture wasted energy from routine gas flaring operations. It then repurposes that energy to be used to power and reduce the cost of cloud computing platforms. According to the company, Crusoe Energy’s solution helps gas and oil companies reduce their CO2 emissions up to 63%.

6. Keyfactor

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5-year search growth: 1900%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2001

Location: Independence, Ohio

Funding: $212.35M (PE Growth/Expansion)

What they do: Key Factor provides an information security platform that helps companies secure their machine and online identities. In short, their solution makes it possible for companies to operate in their cloud computing platforms securely. The startup has over 500 global customers, and according to Key Factor, the startup has a 98.5% customer retention rate.

7. Lightspin

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5-year search growth: 200%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2020

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Funding: $20M (Series A)

What they do: Lightspin is a cloud security tool that utilizes predictive graph-based technology to proactively block attack paths and eliminate threats. It also prioritizes threats based on their risk scale so that companies have an easier time deciding which threat to tackle first. Some of Lightspin’s most notable investors include Dell Technologies Capital and Ibex Investors.

8. Privacera

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5-year search growth: 2400%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2016

Location: Fremont, California

Funding: $67.34M (Series B)

What they do: Privacera is an enterprise-building data platform that uses AI to identify, classify and build catalogs of data. The startup also allows the management of data privacy and compliance across multiple cloud platforms. Privacera has an estimated yearly revenue of $26M.

9. WireWheel

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5-year search growth: 2400%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2016

Location: Arlington, Virginia

Funding: $43.7M (Series B)

What they do: WireWheel is a cloud-based data privacy management platform. The platform automatically maps companies’ cloud assets and helps them comply with international data regulations. The startup currently has over 10 technical, consultant and advisory partners.

10. Checkly

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5-year search growth: 400%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2017

Location: Berlin, Germany

Funding: $12.25M (Series A)

What they do: Checkly is a cloud-based tool designed to help developers set up, maintain, and scale monitoring. The company has already run more than 960 million API checks and 69 million browser checks.

11. Ori Industries

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5-year search growth: 0%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2018

Location: London, England

Funding: $12.03M (Early Stage VC)

What they do: Ori Industries is designed to help companies seamlessly access multiple edge computing resources. This enables developers to create applications that are autonomous, smart and immersive. In 2020, Ori Industries experienced a 94.97% employee growth rate.

12. ZStack

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5-year search growth: 55%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2015

Location: Shanghai, China

Funding: $49.1M (Series B)

What they do: ZStack provides a cloud computing service designed to manage enterprise computing, storage and network resources in a unified data center. The company has more than 1000 enterprise users and partners with more than 200 cloud vendors.

13. JumpCloud

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5-year search growth: 192%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2012

Location: Louisville, Colorado

Funding: $193.42M (Series E)

What they do: JumpCloud operates a cloud-based identity management platform that handles user management, configuration assessment and administration activity monitoring. This allows different sectors within the company to have a single cloud-based solution that controls and manages employee identities and their devices. The software is used by more than 100K organizations around the world.

14. Effortless Office

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5-year search growth: 3400%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2010

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Funding: Undisclosed Amount (Debt - PPP)

What they do: Effortless Office delivers and supports cloud products and services that provide small and medium businesses with a unified, cloud-based IT environment. The company disclosed that they intend to use the PPP money to retain 57 jobs.

15. Beagle Data

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5-year search growth: 600%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2010

Location: Beijing, China

Funding: $22.61M (Later Stage VC)

What they do: Beagle Data develops cloud computing platform solutions for different companies’ needs. They specialize in providing cloud solutions for large-scale, real-time query construction and default probability prediction within financial organizations. Over the last 5 years, Beagle Data has experienced a CAGR of 23%.

16. Skudu

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5-year search growth: -25%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2017

Location: Western Cape, South Africa

Funding: Undisclosed Amount (Early Stage VC)

What they do: Skudu is an agricultural tech platform that combines farming knowledge with cloud computing. This makes it easier for farmers to access valuable information that can help them decrease their input costs and use more environmentally-friendly farming practices. Skudu is currently working with more than 10,000 farmers in South Africa.

17. Adaxis

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5-year search growth: 700%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2021

Location: Bidart, France

Funding: $30K (Accelerator/Incubator)

What they do: Adaxis is designed to turn robots into flexible 3D printers. It uses a cloud-computing service to connect clients’ robots to Adaxis’s in-house workflow for 3D printing of metals, plastics and other materials. According to the company, their platform helps companies increase their print success rate by more than 50%.

18. Coastal Cloud

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5-year search growth: 208%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2012

Location: Palm Coast, Florida

Funding: Undisclosed Amount (PE Growth/Expansion)

What they do: Coastal Cloud is a SaaS IT consulting company that offers program management, business analysis, project execution, data migration and data modeling services. To date, the company has completed over 3,600 projects for over 900 clients around the world.

19. ParkMyCloud

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5-year search growth: 18%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: Lansdowne, Virginia

Funding: $3.3M (Later Stage VC)

What they do: ParkMyCloud offers a SaaS platform that analyzes cloud usage and schedules servers to turn off when they are not needed. This helps companies using cloud services to lower their cloud costs. The venture has over 1,500 companies that use its services to reduce their cloud costs.

20. CleanCloud

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5-year search growth: 3400%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Funding: $502K (Angel)

What they do: CleanCloud is designed to analyze cloud infrastructures. It then provides dashboards, reports and recommendations on how to optimize the cost of cloud services. The startup claims to have helped its clients save more than $10 million in cloud costs in 2020.

21. Cloudaware

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5-year search growth: 0%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2007

Location: New York, New York

Funding: No Funding

What they do: Cloudaware is a management platform that manages threats, activates workflows, controls cloud costs and detects trends. The company is reportedly looking to close the undisclosed funding round by the end of 2021.

22. CloudBolt

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5-year search growth: 170%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2012

Location: Rockville, Maryland

Funding: $66.59M (Series B)

What they do: CloudBolt operates a hybrid cloud management platform intended to help enterprises manage private and public cloud assets. Additionally, the platform also allows for cloud cost and security control. The startup has experienced cumulative three-year revenue growth of 612.4%.

23. SB Cloud

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5-year search growth: -100%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2016

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Funding: Undisclosed

What they do: SB Cloud offers public cloud services, such as elastic computing services, server load balances, data storage services and relational database services. The company has an estimated yearly revenue of $5M.

24. Cloud4C

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5-year search growth: 669%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2007

Location: Telangana, India

Funding: $59.36M (PE Growth/Expansion)

What they do: Cloud4C provides public and private cloud hosting services designed for uptime, security of data and disaster recovery. Some of the services offered by the company are cloud computing, storage, real cloud hosting, cloud databases and security and monitoring via virtual private server hosting. Cloud4C works with more than 60 Fortune 500 companies in 25 countries.

25. Gloud

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5-year search growth: 88%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Beijing, China

Funding: $15.12M (Later Stage VC)

What they do: Gloud is a developer of different cloud technologies, such as cloud gaming, cloud software and cloud computing. They are funded by some prestigious VCs and organizations in China, with their notable investor being Tencent.

Conclusion

This concludes our list of cloud computing companies worth keeping an eye on in 2021.

These startups utilize cloud computing in creative ways to solve different operational and strategic problems ranging from energy optimization to farming.

As users continue to prefer software they can access from anywhere and from any device, cloud computing is expected to become even bigger in the future.

Written By
Josh Howarth
Co-founder of Exploding Topics.
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San Francisco, California
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