Cloud computing has surpassed buzzword status and has become an unstoppable force as businesses look to move their applications and infrastructures to the Web and shatter the shackles of pricy, bulky on-premise gear. And while the major players and long established vendors have added the word "cloud" to their collective mantras, it's the startups, emerging vendors and budding companies that are taking a fresh approach and making waves in this emerging market.
Startups are what will take the cloud to the next level, offering new tools and solutions to provide cloud computing or to ensure the cloud is doing what it's supposed to do.
While not all of these 10 startups officially launched in the first half of 2010, that's when they really started making waves. So here we present 10 cloud computing startups that are making a big impact in the first half of 2010.