Zer0 to 5ive clients shaping cloud computing

It’s said that you are judged by the company you keep…and we keep some pretty hot company.

This morning, Datamation announced its list of 85 cloud computing vendors shaping the emerging cloud. Two Zer0 to 5ive clients — Appistry and Mashery — made the list (and rightly so…text below is from the Datamation article):

72) Mashery 
A core concept in cloud computing is the Application Programming Interface, or API. Companies that allow access to their Web applications – say, for instance, to developers or clients – do so through an API, which is a portal to the infrastructure.

Mashery, founded in 2006, has built its business on the centrality of the API. The San Francisco-based company provides a SaaS infrastructure for supporting a firm’s API. Its management and monitoring tool allows a company to control details like who has access to its data via an API. Among other advantages, this enables businesses to form Web-based partnership with other online businesses – which is the core of cloud computing.

Mashery has garnered an impressive customer list, including Alcatel-Lucent, Hoovers, Netflix and Best Buy.

Notable: Mashery’s management team – here’s their blog – includes Oren Michels, CEO, who was president of Colt HR and; and Ajay Arora, VP of strategy and services, who held executive positions at newScale and Centrata. Mashery has so far raised $2 million in venture funding.

80) Appistry
Appistry’s flagship product is the CloudIQ Platform, which aims to make it easier for companies to use both public and private clouds. CloudIQ Platform incorporates the CloudIQ Manager, which was released earlier this year and makes it possible for enterprises to migrate existing applications to public and private clouds.

In July 2009, Appistry won an American Business Award as the ‘Most Innovative Company of the Year in Computer Software and Services Industries,’ and Gartner’s Massimo Pezzini has called their solutions ‘fresh, radical, and powerful technology.’

Notable: In 2008, Appistry reported 200 percent year over year growth and expanded its list of Fortune 500 clients, which includes FedEx, Lockheed Martin, General Electric and Northrop Grumman.”