The cloud is here to stay.

More and more providers are starting up, trying to peddle their wares to those who still haven’t taken the plunge or those who are just looking for something a little different. We’ve compiled a list of the best new cloud storage providers of 2015 . . . so far.

Komprise

New this year is Komprise. A data management firm which specializes in handling massive amounts of data and scales accordingly. The instant ROI eliminates 70% of non-personnel costs for companies.

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Komprise utilizes an analytical-driven adaptive solution, which is automated. The data storage is allowed to grow across multiple storage silos. It is being marketed as a way for companies to manage, organize, protect and provide access.

To information stored both locally and in the cloud. One of the biggest draws of Komprise is the fact that companies don’t have to change their infrastructure just to utilize their service. There is no hardware that has to be purchased or installed and it is easy to deploy.

This service is a good option for companies that need to get their information in the cloud. Customers can worry less about their applications by reducing costs and making the analytical solution automated. Komprise is going to be a cloud business to watch for as the enterprise scene begins to heat up.

Portworx

Portworx is a container-aware infrastructure new for companies using Docker. The service also has converged storage, which helps to ensure containers can run on their storage nodes in order to maximize I/O performance.\

With their scale-out infrastructure, the data runs over a cluster of nodes for both public and private cloud consumption.

Portworx has developed the PWX Sandbox. This service is a live cluster hosted on Amazon Web Services. Users can tap this resource to deploy stateful services straight from either a Docker hub or private repository.

They can also create application templates. Portworx is designed as a quick to deploy, software-defined storage. Applications are distributed into production and scale when necessary without requiring anyone to intervene.

Portworx offers snapshots, per-container storage policies, persistence across storage nodes and elastic scale-out block components. The company is focusing on making themselves compatible with the open-source software Docker. Containers have been known to make deploying applications simpler and easier to manage.

Being able to work with this type of feature will make Portworx a company to watch in the near future.

Storj

Unlike other cloud providers that made this list, Storj is a little different. While it is still in testing, the idea holds some promise and, therefore, deserves a mention.

Storj is based on the idea of being a decentralized storage location. Instead of having all data resting in a bank of servers in a single location, the data will actually be housed on the hard drive of someone else.

The application works with both the user and the shared computers to ensure that information is being continually backed up. For those who want to donate their unused space, they can earn money for playing a part.

The software is completely open source and the company allows outsiders to contribute to code development on GitHub. As of now, the service is still in beta with their Group B testers. The company is still accepting testers and is giving an opportunity to earn prizes and money to help evaluate the service.

It’s a different type of cloud storage. While it might not be for everyone, the concept is so unique that it affords them a place on our list.

Hedvig

Hedvig is hoping to change the way companies work. Like most of the competition, this platform is hoping to entice enterprise customers to use their services instead of another’s. The twist, though, is that instead of being a solely cloud based company, it is implicitly hybrid.

The company is designed to work with corporate infrastructure, allowing them to keep files locally and in the cloud. This gives them the flexibility to turn their current hardware into an elastic file, block, and object storage designed to keep up with the way they do business.

The service is fully programmable, with I/O sequentialization. They also provide auto-balancing and auto-tiering. Users can take advantage of self-healing clusters that improve upon efficiency and resiliency.

Virtual disk users enjoy disaster recovery replication, thin provisioning, all-flash and hybrid array configurations alongside server-side caching. There’s also inline de-duplication, compression, zero-impact snapshots and clones.

Hedvig is designed to work with popular operating systems such as Linux and Windows. The service is also compatible with Hybervisor and Docker. The company is one to watch as they give developers the ability to build custom applications and self-service portals while maintaining full cloud integration.

Conclusion

The best new cloud storage providers so far are mainly geared towards the enterprise consumer.

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