Cloudkick Chooses YubiKey for Easy and Secure Cloud Server Management

Sunnyvale, CA, July 30, 2010 --( Cloudkick, the award-winning Web application for easy and efficient cloud server management, has integrated multi-factor authentication into their website. By choosing the YubiKey, the innovative USB-key by the leading open source strong authentication company Yubico, Cloudkick customers can now login easily and securely for managing their cloud servers.

Cloudkick delivers a powerful set of tools, such as performance trending and fault-detection that work across numerous cloud providers, including Amazon EC2, Rackspace and GoGrid, into one unified web-based dashboard.

To enhance security, Cloudkick searched for a second authentication factor which would supplement the typical username and password single-factor process and could be used for different authentication and identification purposes, basically from day one. After evaluating different authentication solutions, Cloudkick chose the YubiKey. After 6 months of using the YubiKey internally, Cloudkick decided to offer the solution to their customers.

“The reasons for choosing YubiKey was that it’s secure -technical specifications are open, portable -most of our employees carry it around on a key chain and it’s easy to use -the process is transparent and you don't need to have any extra software installed to use it,” says Robert Hrdinsky, Community Manager at Cloudkick.

“Cloud management tools have become business critical for the majority of IT-companies. We are pleased to partner with a fast growing and innovative player such as Cloudkick for providing a great user experience of secure cloud management,” says Stina Ehrensvärd, CEO at Yubico.

Cloudkick are open source supporters and contributors (e.g. Apache Libcloud). The open specifications, software and business model provided by Yubico are also reasons for choosing the YubiKey.

About Cloudkick
Cloudkick, Inc. is a San Francisco based startup dedicated to making cloud computing easy and effective. Cloudkick’s technology is deployed on leading cloud providers such as The Rackspace Cloud, Amazon EC2, Linode, GoGrid and others.

About Yubico
Yubico's core product is the YubiKey®, a unique USB-key for instant and strong authentication to networks and services. With a simple touch, the YubiKey automatically sends the user's identity and a secure one time pass code, with no client software needed. The technology has been sold to thousands of customers around the globe. The company has offices in Stockholm, London and California.

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