Since its inception about a decade ago, the cloud has been the primary breeding ground for innovative new technology companies. Many of the startups founded in recent years to seize the tremendous opportunities created by the paradigm shift to cloud computing are now rapidly scaling to meet market demand for their products. Having proven their viability in the market, some are accepting larger infusions of capital to hire more workers, extend into new geographies, and build more integrations with platforms and providers.
These startups are delivering to organizations across all industries the ability to easily and rapidly deploy flexible, agile and heterogenous IT environments for running production workloads, as well as developing and testing new applications and empowering their workers with the latest-and-greatest productivity tools.
Here are the 10 coolest cloud startups of the year so far.
(For more on the "coolest" of 2017, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")