Toronto is Canada’s Cloud Computing Capital

Last week Krista Napier of IDC Canada singled-out 10 interesting Canadian companies in the cloud computing space.

Napier warns this isn’t a Top 10 list but rather a selection of up-and-coming companies from three cloud categories: software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

“Cloud computing is still only in the nascent stages in Canada, but is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years,” says Krista Napier, Senior Analyst, Competitive Intelligence and Emerging Technology at IDC Canada.

“Still, the barriers to adoption in the short run must not be underestimated, and this poses challenges for emerging ICT firms with limited track records that are bringing cloud solutions to market,” says Napier. “Showcasing ROI and cloud success stories will be key for emerging vendors to succeed in the cloud.”

Interestingly, nine of the ten companies highlighted in Napier’s IDC report are from the Greater Toronto area: