It feels weird to start a blog talking about definitions of cloud – just so 2005 – however definitions matter. They affect how we perceive new ideas, “frame” our thoughts, and our responses. They provide, like an introduction to chess, the rules for the game.

Cloud has entered the zeitgeist as a shorthand for internet, scalability and the rapid shift to using remote computers of all flavors. From a technologist perspective, we’ve fixed on SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS to differentiate between flavors of cloud computing, even with broad agreement that the game is not fully played and we’ll see much more evolution in this space.

This makes infrastructure cloud an intriguing area for Citrix Startup Accelerator investments. We want to invest in startups bringing new thinking, with real opportunities to reach and change the market, but avoid overlap with Citrix product roadmaps. To make that clearer, here are a couple of flavors of startup that fit:

  1. Enterprise cloud adoption companies: Solving the challenges around moving existing and new enterprise IT assets to public, private or hybrid IaaS.
  2. Interstice companies: Companies that fall into the cracks around current cloud definitions, and hence have an opportunity to shift the game, but have difficulty gaining investor attention due to the ‘myth of cloud’.

One of the areas that’s still rapidly evolving is known as PaaS – Platform-as-a-Service, a catch all name for “cloud-delivered” application frameworks that provide an abstraction for underlying (virtual) servers, databases and storage, so that application builders can focus on the most creative and productive parts of their jobs. Much of the activity in PaaS to date has been on public clouds.

This is why we’re so pleased to announce that CumuLogic has joined the Citrix Startup Accelerator.

CumuLogic makes cloud efficiency available to enterprise programmers by enabling “enterprise-PaaS”. They offer a Java-focused application delivery framework that runs on top of any Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud, whether public or private. It abstracts the underlying infrastructure so that programmers can focus just on creating awesome applications. CumuLogic effectively eliminates vendor lock-in while providing all the advantages of rapid scalability, programmer productivity, and plug-and-play compatibility with multiple infrastructure elements.

Welcome CumuLogic – we’re looking forward to working with you to change the game.