Ninefold this week announced that its Booster programme had been extended to Pushstart's 20 technology startups. Each of these organisations will get $300 worth of free cloud services each month for a year, and the eight companies that make it through to the Pushstart Accelerator Programme, will get another year's worth of free cloud services up to the value of $2,000 per month.
According to Ninefold managing director Peter James; 'This is about community helping the community. As Australia's cloud, we support emerging tech startups however we can, whether it's through education, cloud computing and storage, or even our physical office space for events and brainstorms.'
Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, founder of Blue Chilli which is this year planning to launch a dozen new startups in Australia, said that the company ran an incubator in Melbourne and was planning to open one in Sydney. He said that for incubators and startups; 'One reason why the cloud is fabulous is that you have the infrastructure for when we scale.'
He said that there had never been any suggestion of exclusivity from Microsoft about which clouds should be used by startups. Mr Eckersley-Maslin added that the BizSpark Plus programme would allow startups to adopt Azure which had been 'previously unaffordable.'