(Gawkwire.com) – GigaOM today announced the winners of Structure 2010 LaunchPad, a high-profile competition that recognizes the 11 most promising cloud companies. From the large number of entries just 11 were chosen as winners based on their forward-thinking vision, and sustainable business models.

The winners will present their companies on stage at Structure 2010, the largest and most influential cloud computing conference in the industry, set to take place June 23-24, 2010 in San Francisco. The winners of the LaunchPad competition are:
Benguela – A stealth mode startup company founded by Amazon EC2 veterans
Cloudant – MapReduce based data management with analytics and search
Cloudswitch – Makes enterprise cloud adoption easy by solving key problems
Datameer – The Big Data power of Hadoop made accessible through a spreadsheet interface
Greenqloud – Provider of completely carbon neutral cloud provider
GridCentric – Turns your compute farm into a high-performance, private cloud in seconds
nephosity – Allows non programmers to allocate tasks and workflows on the cloud
Northscale – Provide a simple, fast, schema-free mechanism for storing data objects
Riptano – Apache Cassandra (Facebook’s data layer) management software and services
SolidFire – Next-generation block-basedvw storage platform for cloud computing providers and big enterprises
Zettar Inc – Create secure private storage cloud using commodity storage assets  

“Cloud computing has become much more than a buzzword – hardware, software, and communications companies are now successfully leveraging the on-demand, Web-based model to deliver sophisticated enterprise-class products and services in the cloud,” says Stacey Higginbotham, Editor of GigaOM. “It was tough to choose just 11 top cloud companies from all the innovative companies that applied, but we’re confident the 11 winners our editors selected are truly the best of the best.”

Structure 2010 is the largest and most influential cloud computing conference, expected to draw over 1,000 attendees at this year’s expanded two-day event. Dozens of leading cloud industry executives and influencers will take the stage at Structure 2010 to share best practices and real-world strategies for embracing cloud technologies to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and boost performance. Whether you’re an IT professional, or a cloud entrepreneur looking for funding, Structure 2010 is a must-attend event that will connect you with the industry’s most innovative thinkers.

Structure 2010 is selling out fast, but tickets are still available. To register for Structure 2010, visit http://events.gigaom.com/structure/10/.

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