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CloudSigma Powers Le Camping Startup Skimm!

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CloudSigma Powers Le Camping Startup Skimm!

CloudSigma’s Open IaaS Platform Suits Flexibility and Customizability Needs of Startup Companies

Palo Alto, Calif. – June 12, 2012: CloudSigma, the only international, customer-centric, pure-cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider, today announced that it has partnered with Le Camping, a Parisian startup accelerator powered by Silicon Sentier, and its startup participant Skimm!, a mobile payment system provider. Chosen for its unprecedented flexible and customizable IaaS platform, Le Camping and Skimm! found that CloudSigma enables companies to deliver the most optimal performance while still maintaining strategic control and flexibility over their deployments – something market giants like Amazon are unable to provide.

“Before being introduced to CloudSigma by Le Camping, we had evaluated many providers, including Amazon, and none were able to meet our needs, mainly because they were all too inflexible,” said Julien Dauphant, CTO, Skimm! “We wanted to be able to work with lots of different technologies, and deploy the latest developments and most updated software, but Amazon, among others, was far too restrictive in terms of deployments and resource packages. We needed a platform that we could configure and update ourselves; one that could evolve with our changing needs and future growth. Only CloudSigma’s IaaS offering allowed for that kind of flexibility and customer control.”

CloudSigma’s IaaS platform gives companies access to the most advanced public cloud on the market, with pay-as-you-go pricing, full scalability, 10 GigE networking as standard, cutting-edge solid-state drive (SSD) storage, and completely open software and networking layers. CloudSigma provides customers with the flexibility to migrate to the cloud using the software and operating systems of their choice, with full control over their data and no risk of vendor lock-in. These features make CloudSigma an ideal public cloud platform for startup companies like Skimm! that often have quickly changing IT needs associated with rapid growth.

“CloudSigma is an ideal provider for Skimm! and the rest of our startup community looking to work in the cloud,” said Alice Zagury, manager, Le Camping. “Not only is its IaaS offering extremely flexible and adaptive, but CloudSigma is also eager to continually improve its platform and collaborate with its customers – something bigger providers like Amazon won’t do. What’s more, with CloudSigma’s unbundled resources and utility pricing, startups in our program don’t risk wasting budget on over-provisioning; they pay for exactly what they use, achieving the best price for performance possible.”

“If we were to experience enormous, unexpected growth tomorrow, CloudSigma would be able to handle our needs in a matter of seconds with the exact level of resource provisioning we need,” said Valentin Lautier, GD and co-founder, Skimm!. “That’s the kind of reassurance we need as a startup. It allows us to focus on innovating our core product, knowing our infrastructure is in an extremely reliable, secure environment. The fact of the matter is, if we didn’t have CloudSigma, we wouldn’t be able to move forward and target bigger retail chains with thousands of points of sale throughout France. Our customers don’t see CloudSigma’s benefits directly, but we wouldn’t even have customers without CloudSigma.”

“Startup companies like Skimm! are able to derive great benefit from our public cloud platform,” said Patrick Baillie, CEO and co-founder, CloudSigma. “The same level of innovation we deliver for huge organizations, including CERN, ESA and EMBL, is what we deliver for all of our customers. For instance, we have 10 GigE networking throughout our cloud as standard, which far outstrips the requirements for most startups, but, as a result, offers unparalleled performance. Being a part of Le Camping’s ecosystem for startups introduces us to some of today’s leading innovators, including Skimm!, which fits with our overall corporate vision of innovation and technological advancement.”

About Skimm!

Skimm! is a software-based, mobile payment solution that allows users to process all types of monetary transactions from a single application. It is a smartphone application (iPhone and Android) that permits person-to-person transfers to family and friends, in store payments in bars, shops, or restaurants, as well as online payments on eCommerce websites. By anticipating behavioral changes in consumption and purchasing patterns, Skimm! also empowers users to pay on the go, impulsively, with ever increasing mobility and flexibility.

Created in May 2011, Skimm! is used to date in close to 50 stores and websites throughout Paris, and by more than 2,000 students. For more information, please visit www.skimm.fr, or visit the company on Twitter @skimmfr.

About Le Camping

Le Camping is an initiative led by Silicon Sentier that has been the hub for tech communities in Paris, offering regular conferences, a co-working space and beta tests for start-ups, for more than 11 years. Technology, collaboration and fast development define the DNA of Silicon Sentier and are embodied in the way it runs Le Camping. Le Camping is a breath of fresh air in the evolving French tech scene. Disruptive in its approach and exigent in its execution, the first two seasons showed great results: of the twelve start-ups, 40 percent raised funds, 60 percent have paying customers and 100 percent are part of a strong and innovative community. For more information, please visit www.lecamping.org.

About CloudSigma

CloudSigma is a pure-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that offers highly-available, flexible, enterprise-class cloud servers and cloud hosting solutions, both in Europe and the U.S. CloudSigma is the most customizable cloud provider on the market, giving customers full control over their cloud and eliminating restrictions on how users deploy their computing resources. With CloudSigma, customers can provision processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources as they please, as well as easily deploy any operating system or application with full root/administrative access. The result is the highest-performing cloud at the most efficient price possible.

With infrastructure in Interxion’s European Cloud Hubs and SwitchNap’s Las Vegas data center campus, CloudSigma selects the highest-quality facilities to support its innovative infrastructure. CloudSigma is increasingly being recognized for its advancement of the cloud IaaS industry and was chosen as one of Europe’s top 25 cloud companies in 2010. For more information, please visit www.CloudSigma.com, or visit the company on Twitter @CloudSigma, Facebook and Google+.

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