The Great Cloud Shakeout - A Look Back
Back in 2009 I posted about the “Great Cloud Shakeout” and the coming
market consolidation into a few very large clouds. Nearly 5 1/2 years later
and it’s about (long past?) time I took another look to see how I did. Back
then I predicted that the market would be dominated by “mega CSPs” by the
name of Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Note that this was during a period of
Cambrian Explosion in the CSP market – it seems like everybody in the
hosting business wanted to be a cloud provider.
Every telco, every hoster, every data center outsourcer, most systems
providers and many, many startups are becoming CSPs. After all, there have
been thousands of hosting providers over the past several years competing for
your business. A few were huge, several were large, and most were small but
often profitable. I’m convinced this time it mi... (more)
It was widely reported today that Eucalyptus had struck some kind of deal
with Amazon. The details of the deal, unfortunately, have been lacking.
There’s no press release on either the AWS or Eucalyptus web sites or
that I can find through Google News, PR Newswire, BusinessWire or other
sources. None of the articles I have read link to the release. The best
they link to is the GigaOm article which mostly references a chat between Om
Malik and Marten Mickos.
Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article
on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue. It rightly points out that
cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.
Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context.
His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible
system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps
(sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps
and get a cut of the “upline” commission). Nothing in the articl... (more)
*** DRAFT - UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL JUNE 16, 2009 at 12:01AM ET
Published here after NY Times broke the embargo
IBM Readies Cloud for Business
New Choices to Automate and Simplify IT for Inefficient Business Tasks
ARMONK, NY – JUNE 16, 2009 – IBM today introduced the industry’s first
set of “cloud” services and integrated products for the enterprise. This
will give clients a reliable way to standardize IT functions that are rapidly
becoming too costly or difficult to use.
Based on nearly two years of research and hundreds of client engagements, the
IBM Smart Business cloud portfolio ... (more)
A stealth start-up called InfiBase has published some very interesting data
on their blog recently. It makes me want to know more about them, so if you
have the scoop let me know.
First, they have put out two posts on sites using Amazon EC2, with other
cloud providers included in the last posting earlier this month. Here is
their chart showing the top 500,000 sites by cloud providers. Note how
close Amazon EC2 and Rackspace CloudServers (based on Slicehost) are in this
I was interested to see Joyent in third place, well ahead of both Google and