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Cloudant Halves Price for Pre-Revenue Start-Ups

To qualify for the program, start-ups need to be focused on developing mobile or web applications, have fewer than 30 employees

Cloudant has announced an Accelerator Program to help young companies on a start-up budget go to market on its highly scalable, always-on NoSQL Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS).

The goal of the sales program is to make it more affordable for start-ups to launch their businesses on a data layer that gets them to market fast and doesn't inhibit their growth or profitability.

The services provided through the program are identical to Cloudant's full-priced services and include:

  • A dedicated three-node database cluster and load balancer on either Rackspace or SoftLayer's infrastructure;
  • A technical account manager (TAM) service that includes data modeling and 24x7 gold support;
  • A 50% discount for three months, with the option to extend the discount for an additional three months if development has been delayed;
  • The ability to opt out at the end of the three-month program with no penalty.

Cloudant figures many web and mobile start-ups are financially pressured into going to market without a growth strategy for their back-end operations and that sudden success can cripple the database systems powering their applications.

David Wood, CTO of SpaceCraft, said, "Very few vendors understand the situation many web start-ups are in, but Cloudant definitely does. We had been managing our own CouchDB servers, but as our customer base grew, Cloudant's service became the obvious choice. The Accelerator Program is a perfect fit for us as it allows us to use the infrastructure needed to support our rapid growth, while managing our costs."

To qualify for the program, start-ups need to be focused on developing mobile or web applications, have fewer than 30 employees, be backed by venture capital and be in the pre-revenue stage of their business.

The program delivers Cloudant's full DBaaS solution. Unlike industry-standard 12-month contracts that carry penalty clauses, Cloudant lets Accelerator Program participants opt out at the end of the three-month program with no penalty.

Cloudant's VP of sales and field operations said, "With the Accelerator Program, we want to get up-and-coming start-ups on the Cloudant DBaaS early on and invest in their long-term success. We launched a pilot of the Accelerator Program in January, and we've had such success with it that we're announcing its general availability today."

Production-proven at large scale, Cloudant is supposed to let developers focus on building apps.

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