Voices.com operates in the clouds

by Rob Lewis

There's a great write-up by Grant Buckler in the Globe and Mail today about how London-based startup Voices.com is taking advantage of cloud computing.

The site runs on servers hosted by Rackspace U.S. Inc., a Texas company, and its thousands of audio files are stored on Amazon.com's Simple Storage Service (S3). And Voices uses Salesforce.com — a customer relationship management system that runs on the Web — to manage its sales and marketing efforts.

Mr. Ciccarelli says relying heavily on outside computing power — the company has Apple Macintosh desktop computers, but no servers — saves money and eliminates the hassle of maintaining its own systems.

"For small businesses," he says, "it's the perfect solution."

The idea of paying for what you use rather than having to install enough capacity to support peak requirements is key benefit for a startup and the big argument for cloud computing. Voices.com has taken advantage of that as well as eliminaing the need for in-house technical expertise and spreading out operating costs spread over time.

Voices.com is currently #10 on the PEER 1 Toronto Startup Index.

London, Ontario, Canada

Voices.com is the industry leading website that connects businesses with professional voice talents. Radio and television stations, advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies rely upon the Voices.com marketplace to search for, audition and hire voice talents with the assistance of our innovative SurePay™ escrow service and our award-winning Web application. more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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