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January 13, 2009

Startup secures cloud compute assets

IMOD to provide a simple interface to cloud computing

By Jason Stamper

Cloud compute startup, Kaavo has gone live with an innovative line in infrastructure management software developed to secure applications running in public and private clouds.

Its Infrastructure and Middleware on Demand or IMOD product provides a system of security and access controls, automatic data backups and configuration management functions.

The system is intended to provide a simple interface to cloud computing and makes it easy to run, monitor, and manage virtual private servers on the AmazonElastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

The vendor expects that its system will soon be compatible with other cloud providers such as GoGrid and FlexiScale. Once that development is complete it should become possible to manage IT resources across those services from a single Kaavo dashboard

Use of roles-based access controls and AES-256 bit data encryption allows administrators to secure connectivity and configure custom firewall rules on cloud servers, deploy software, or securely transfer files to and from the cloud.

The company claims an entire system (one or multiple servers and services for running a service or application) can be brought online with a single click and then rules-based alerts set up for automated monitoring of CPU, disk, bandwidth, and memory.

Moving infrastructure to the cloud is gaining momentum. “Kaavo will enable organisations reap the benefits and to maximize resources. This is particularly critical given current economic conditions,” said CEO Jamal Mazhar.

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There is no setup fee and no contractual obligation and anyone can sign up for a 30 day free trial, after which the usage fee for the IMOD will be a minimum of $100 a month. 

Addition of other infrastructure management features like intelligent load management, software audits, patch management, runtime configuration management are reportedly next on the IMOD product roadmap.

Kaavo was founded in 2007 and is privately funded. It partners with Intel, Amazon Web Services and Tathya. The company has offices in California and Connecticut in the US and in Kolkata, India.

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