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You’ve heard of cloud computing — in which software and shared resources can be delivered over an Internet network — but have you figured out how to make it work for your business needs?

San Diego-based startup LonoCloud believes it has. LonoCloud’s cloud operating system, categorized in cloud-speak as a platform-as-a-service or PaaS+, is creating a place for enterprises’ complex software in both public and private cloud infrastructures. The system can be quickly and securely deployed, and is flexible enough to handle changing data needs, according to LonoCloud’s president Tom Caldwell.

“LonoCloud is a new cloud computing startup emerging from stealth mode and beginning to work with large enterprise customers,” Caldwell said, explaining that the names of those customers aren’t yet being disclosed, but are among the largest corporations in the nation.

The LonoCloud infrastructure can be used for health care, finance, energy, transportation, communications and government organizations, according to the company.

While still a startup, LonoCloud has an enviable pedigree. It’s a graduate of Springboard, which is CONNECT’s flagship mentoring program. It was founded by entrepreneur Neil Senturia, who serves as LonoCloud’s chief executive; University of California, San Diego engineering professor Ingolf Krueger, who serves as chief technology officer; president Caldwell, who has been an executive at Cisco and Microsoft; and vice president of business development, Greg Ricchuiti, from Cisco and Nextwave Wireless.

Senturia, Caldwell and Ricchuiti have worked together before. The trio’s 1990s-era Atcom/Info was eventually acquired by Cisco.

LonoCloud’s advisers include Hossein Eslambolchi, former CTO at AT&T, George Kelly, former analyst at Morgan Stanley, and Rajesh Gupta, chair of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.

LonoCloud executives expect their operating system will serve as a bridge for businesses trying to take advantage of the emerging cloud infrastructure market.

-Jennifer McEntee.

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