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)
One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is
manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially
the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application
failure before they know about it. That’s why services like Tap In
Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption.
Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO
Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the
beta in the near future. They are actively seeking beta customers as well,
particularly fro... (more)
Today RightScale did a webinar on their Cloud Business Intelligence offering
with Talend, Jaspersoft and Vertica. One of the bigger objections to cloud
BI in the past has been security — how can I move all of this mission
critical data to a public insecure cloud?
With Amazon VPC now in the picture, the BI datasets are now as secure at
Amazon as they are in your data center. Why wouldn’t you use the cloud
for your BI needs?
Last week I got into a nice discussion on Twitter regarding the role of open
source in an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) stack. With open source
cloud stacks from Eucalyptus, Cloud.com, Abiquo and others competing against
proprietary source solutions from Enomaly, VMware and others, this can get
fairly confusing quickly.
For clarity, here is my position on open source vs. proprietary source in
this aspect of the market: both have a role to play and natively one is not
better or more advantaged than the other. However, when you get into the
details there are factors that m... (more)
I was first briefed on the Savvis Symphony VPDC (virtual private data center)
back at Cloud Expo NYC in April of this year and had intended to post about
it back then, or at least when they went live in July… so much for good
intentions… They are starting to market this more heavily now, so perhaps
it’s not a bad time to get this done because VPDC has a few innovations
that are worth noting.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of VPDC is their tiered QoS model.
Think about it. Today clouds come in a one-sized-fits-all model. You
either have the open Amazon model with minimal ... (more)