A year after coming out of stealth mode, CloudShare introduced a new offering this week that provides small and mid-sized businesses with the ability to create a mini data center in the cloud.

The San Mateo, Calif., startup announced the launch of Cloud Share Pro and ProPlus, quickly provisioned virtual machine environments that allow organizations to host enterprise applications in the cloud.

CloudShare launched as a self-service platform enabling companies to create, collaborate on and run enterprise applications in a cloud environment. It has been used by such companies as Microsoft and Cisco as a staging environment to conduct proof of concepts and for training.

CloudShare Pro is being offered as a free product to smaller organizations that are looking to create, share and manage a virtual IT environment online. It features fully licensed, preinstalled Linux and Windows operating systems and applications, virtual machines, storage, bandwidth and CPU usage at no cost

The CloudShare ProPlus offering is designed for developers, IT professionals, consultants and other teams that need more machines and computing power. The ProPlus offering includes all the features of CloudShare Pro, plus larger editable RAM and disk space (up to 10 GB and 300 GB, respectively); a larger suite of fully-licensed operating systems and applications (including SharePoint 2010 and Oracle 11g); and the availability of up to six virtual machines.

CloudShare ProPlus is being offered at an all-inclusive price of $49 for unlimited hours.

The company is backed by about $16 million in venture funding from a group that includes Sequoia Capital, Charles River Ventures and Gemini Israel Funds.




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