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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)

Seeking Proof – Did Eucalyptus Get Cozy with Amazon?

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. http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2012/03/amazon-taps-eucalyptus-as-private-cloud-partner.php http://www.forbes.com/site... (more)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

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)

IBM Smart Business #CloudComputing Press Release (DRAFT)

*** 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)

Deep Data From InfiBase

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 ranking. Source: InfiBase I was interested to see Joyent in third place, well ahead of both Google and GoGri... (more)