The Finnish company launched an online store for cloud services at the WorldHostingDays event in Germany
Finnish startup Pilvi Cloud Company on April 1 launched an online marketplace for buying and managing cloud services from providers like Amazon and Google.
The web store, Pilvi.com, was announced during the WorldHostingDays event in Germany. It allows users to purchase and manage cloud services and assess costs and risks efficiently by giving users one invoice. Users are also able to compare prices and functionalities of different big name and local providers and share their experiences with other users.
”Companies are facing severe challenges in buying and managing cloud services transparently and cost-efficiently,” Pilvi’s founder and COO Lassi Virtanen said in a statement. “Pilvi.com is just the kind of market place and platform companies need all over the world….Our target is to become the ‘Hotels.com’ of cloud services.”
Pilvi was founded in 2012 and has received €400,000 in funding from Finnish VC Tekes as well as from some private investors, Virtanen told Geektime. Virtanen said Pilvi is not looking to develop its own cloud service right now.
Right now, it appears that only Amazon and Google’s cloud services are available, but other services such as Louhi, UpCloud, and Elisa say they are coming soon. The website also helps you choose which service to use by asking questions about whether you are a private or business user and for what you will be using it.
The site was first announced at WorldHostingDays, a series of hosting events that take place around the world. The main event takes place in Germany and started April 1. In 2013, other cities that hosted events include Mumbai, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, São Paulo, Dubai and eight other places in Europe. The event is meant to connect experts from related industries in order to create cooperation and new solutions.