Virtual Private Cloud
Yesterday I met with David Ker, one of the founders of RealWat Inc. They currently offer the Ti-Took Nuage browser which is based on Google’s Chromium (the Chrome open source project). The Nuage browser seeks to improve the browsing experience by adding improved privacy, security, speed, and other Web 2.0 cloud based services such as social bookmarking (more feature details here). While the Ti-Took Nuage browser is interesting I’m unsure of the long term mass appeal it will have as other players (including the big browser shops) add similar functionality to their offerings, but for now Ti-Took is blazing a new trail.
Download a copy of the Nuage Browser here.
What got me more excited is a new project that they are working on called the Ti-Took Cloud Router. It’s an innovative offering that essentially frontends an IaaS offering such as Amazon’s EC2. The Ti-Took Cloud Router is targeted at small organizations that want to take advantage of cloud service offerings but still require security and scope of control. Using the Cloud Router essentially created a virtual private cloud (vPC?) inside a public cloud that encapsulates the services that are important for an individual organizations business and users. It also allows secure access to a virtual datacenter from public locations. The key to all of this is their web based identity management service that provides a unified single sign-on that securely validates users into the vPC and then controls access to other cloud services like email or CRM. We discussed the importance of extended authentication protocols and they assure me that they are investigating two factor authentication.
I foresee this type of offering accelerating the adoption of cloud services in the SMB space. I’m looking forward to more announcements from RealWat.