By @SimonCocking

Describe the company – the elevator pitch

CloudRanger delivers cloud server management that displays entire server systems to help users control their Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. We deliver an enhanced disaster recovery management solution in an easy-to-use graphical interface that enables businesses, MSPs and enterprises to schedule servers and manage backup policies.

How are you different?

Simplicity. As infrastructure continues to move to the cloud, we see more users, including many without a technical background demand visual server management. Simplicity will quickly become essential, as we will see cloud usage surge across industries. CloudRanger’s scheduling and backup solution makes the cloud easy to understand for even non-technical users, while the bird’s eye view of the entire server system and graphical scheduling module provides usability for AWS that’s not even available from Amazon itself.

Why will the company/product do well?

Our goal in developing this new software was to make cloud management simple and accessible to everyone, across all industries. While cloud technology continues to make lives easier and information more accessible, reliance on cloud computing has left companies open to disasters, such as outages or cyber attacks. The only way to safeguard important data is with reliable backups and a disaster recovery plan. Not only is CloudRanger’s new software easy to use, it provides the utmost security by ensuring data is consistently backed up and saved in multiple locations.

Where are you based?

We are based in CoLab at the LYIT in Letterkenny, Donegal and we have recently opened a new office in Chicago to meet demands in the growing US market.

When was the company launched?

The idea for CloudRanger started where most great ideas do – at a bar in Las Vegas. During a late-night conversation with some friends at Amazon re:Invent 2014, I used cocktail napkins and drink coasters to visually illustrate servers and backups, and the light on my phone to represent scheduling. By the end of the night, the idea for automated visual server management was born.

What have been your biggest wins to date?

CloudRanger has secured a number of international clients in over 20 countries including Ireland, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. We already have some big names on board such as HP, Nascar, Metlife and Last month we were delighted to win the ‘Startup of the Year Award at the Tech Excellence Awards 2017, and only last week we were featured as an AWS Hot Startup by Amazon Web Services.

What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?

Our initial target markets are SME’s and IT managed service providers. These are also the cloud users suffering the greatest difficulty as validated by the customer engagement through our ongoing consultancy work across a number of sectors and geographical areas.

Tell us about your team?

We are an international team of coders, designers, supporters and above all else, we are passionate about making the cloud accessible to anyone. We have a great team made up of staff from Ireland, USA, Belgium, and Scotland. We communicate face-to-face over hangouts every day, even though an ocean separates us. We sketch ideas together online, we collaborate on ideas over the cloud, and we fly on over to see each other as often as possible.

Our work with companies across the globe led us to believe that there was an easier way to help companies understand the cloud, and take the complexity out of cloud integration.
Our core belief is that a company that understands the cloud will be successful on the cloud.

What are your long term plans for your product/company?

Within the next 5 years, CloudRanger will have grown to a staff of 20+, with an established reseller platform and an extensive consultancy division. We will have developed a great pool of Irish talent which can respond to the demands of an international market. Our main aim is to be the leading provider of cross-cloud automation software across the globe.

What are your favourite tech gadgets?

I have to admit, I’m a huge fan of the Amazon Echo. It’s the best gadget I’ve used in the past year. I went from a skeptic to a believer in a matter for days; it’s now the hub of my home and my kids love it. If you like gadgets and have a Spotify account then it’s hard to beat. Its versatility is a testament to Amazon’s desire to make Echo an open platform and shows that the possibilities are endless with IoT.

How do people get in touch with you?

People get in touch with us via our website or via our social media channels or just by picking up the phone and calling us on 015311166.

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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