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Cloud Vendors A to Z (Revised)

By John | April 13, 2008

This list contains most of the vendors that have a presence in the cloud:

Cloud Vendor Level Type Status Cloud Provider Notes
3Tera 3 Server Provider Backbone 3Teras host solutions and provides software for other host providers
Adobe Air 1 Application Not a Provider Backbone Desktop play
Akamai 0 Server Not a Provider Software Based CDN
Amazon EC2 2 Server Provider Backbone
Amazon S3 2 Storage Provider Backbone
Amazon SimpleDB 2 Database Provider Backbone
Apache CouchDB 2 Database Not a Provider Software Based IBM is involved
Apache Hadoop 2 Database Not a Provider Software Based Hadoop is white-hot OSS enterprise search technology.
Areti Internet 0 Application Provider 3Tera
Box-Net 1 Storage Provider Backbone
Cassatt 0 Server Not a Provider Software Based Utility based computing. Provides a very strong provisioning play along with robust power management. Utility providers can worth within clouds or outside of clouds (e.g., enterprise infrastructures).
Citrix (XenSource) 0 Utility Not a Provider Software Based
CohesiveFT/ESOD 1 Utility Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Sort of like of like a cloud factory. ESOD is Elastic Server on Demand that can be used to create EC2 running images along with other platform images (e.g., Zen, VMWare, Parallels).
Dell DCS 2 Server Provider Backbone
EC2onRails 1 Utility Not a Provider Amazon EC2 A project offering that claims to allow deployment of a Ruby on Rails app on EC2 in five minutes
Elastra 1 Server Provider Amazon EC2 Primarily a MySQL/PostGreSQL play right now.
EMC Mozy 1 Storage Provider Backbone Cloud Services Play
Enki 1 Server Not a Provider 3Tera Heavier as a services player
Enomaly 1 Server Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Heavier as a services player. Also creates other platform images (e.g., Xen,KVM,Qemu,OpenVZ,VMware, EC2 and Hyper-v)
Enomoly ElastcDrive 1 Storage Not a Provider Amazon EC2
EnterpriseDB 1 Database Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Have a cloud offering
Flexiscale 2 Server Provider Backbone UK Based cloud provider
Fortress ITX 1 Server Not a Provider 3Tera
Google App Engine 2 Server Provider Backbone Closed framework cloud. Is based on Python, Django and others. The primary point is that it does not support frameworks based on PHP or Rails.
Google Apps 1 Application Provider Backbone Desktop play
Heroku 1 Utility Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Ruby on Rails cloud
HP AiaaS 2 Server Provider Backbone
IBM Blue Cloud 0 Server Provider Backbone Provisioning play
iCloud 1 Application Provider Backbone Desktop Cloud
Intridea/Scalr 1 Utility Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Scalr is an open source project designed to offer true elasticity and recovery for EC2.
Joyent 2 Server Provider Backbone Solaris based cloud
JungleDisk 1 Storage Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Low cost utility for S3
Layered Technology 1 Server Provider 3Tera A 3Tera mega partner
LongJump 1 Database Not a Provider Amazon EC2
Microsoft SSDS 1 Database Provider Backbone Competes w/Amazon SimpleDB
MorphExchange 1 Utility Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Ruby on Rails cloud
Mosso 2 Server Provider Rackspace Owned by by Rackspce
Nirvanix 1 Storage Provider Backbone Interesting hybrid of Cloud and CDN
Rackspace 0 Server Provider Amazon EC2
Rightscale 1 Server Provider Amazon EC2
Rpath/Rbuilder 1 Utility Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Similar to ESOD and Enomoly. Creates stack images.
Salesforce.com 0 Application Provider SaaS
Sun Caroline 2 Server Provider Backbone
Sun MySQL 1 Database Provider Backbone Not sure of plans
Terremark 0 Server Provider Backbone
VMWare 0 Utility Not a Provider Software Based
Weoceo 1 Utility Not a Provider Amazon EC2

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Level Description
0 Cloud Look-Alike
1 Cloud Guests
2 Cloud Hosts
3 Cloud Disruptor

Notes:

  1. All vendor solutions based on Amazon’s AWS are classified as Beta because EC2, S3, and SimpleDB are all in Beta.
  2. RightScale has the potential to be a Level 3 provider due to their architecture

Also See … Demystifying Clouds

Topics: cloud computing, cloudt10 | 37 Comments »

37 Responses to “Cloud Vendors A to Z (Revised)”

  1. Barry X Lynn Says:
    April 14th, 2008 at 1:21 am

    John – You’ve put in quite a bit of work to categorize this fast changing space, and it shows. May I point out that the comment “3Tera hosts solutions and provides software for other host providers” could be misunderstood to imply we have a data center in which we provide hosting. In fact, we don’t own a server, and rely on our partners – many of whom you’ve included in the chart.

    Thanks for thinking of us again.

    BXL
    3tera

  2. dgirard Says:
    April 14th, 2008 at 5:10 am

    What do you think on adding Google Web Toolkit as a technologie for cloud computing : a Google Web Toolkit application is just a set of Javascript and HTML files that dialog with a server using JSON or REST.

  3. pmcbride Says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    This is a very exhaustive and informative list.
    There is another player in this space, in2apps.
    Similar in nature to Salesforce.com they too are an Application/Provider/SaaS. If you have the time, familiarize yourself with the website, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  4. John Says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Absolutely…

    Thanks for the input.
    John

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  11. duttonator Says:
    May 28th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    disclaimer: I am the VP of Engineering for Caringo, Inc.

    Wow! Suddenly everybody’s in the cloud. Please take a look at CAStor, a commercial cloud storage infrastructure. Probably the fastest and simplest to administer clustered storage out there. Nice work compiling this list John.

  12. IanK Says:
    May 30th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Hi John – we launched on Apr 10, and according to your taxonomy would be classified as follows:

    Skytap – 3 – Server – Provider – Backbone –

    Skytap provides a cloud computing infrastructure for virtual lab management, including test, training and demo use. It’s hypervisor agnostic and can run any x86 system on its virtualization platform

  13. ElasticHosts Says:
    June 17th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Hi John,

    We are a UK-based cloud provider, launching in July.

    ElasticHosts – 2 – Server – Provider – Backbone – UK-based cloud provider

    We support all operating systems for PC hardware, and provide a simple web interface, enabling customers to instantly scale their servers and to make snapshots of the entire running machine state for backup.

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  20. Ken Oestreich Says:
    July 30th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    One additional category I would add here is whether the vendor offers “internal” or “enterprise” management software. e.g. Cassatt makes software that operates existing infrastructure (multi-platform HW, SW, VMs) as if it were a cloud… but within an enterprise firewall. My guess is that enterprises will realize that “public” cloud vendors (esp. PaaS) have massive economies-of-scale and can deliver a CPU’s-worth of power with 1/5th the cost of how internal IT is doing it now. They’ll want to do this themselves, and therefore want “cloud management” software to run their IT.

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  22. John Qualls Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Missing from your list of Cloud Vendors is Blue Lock, a provider of infrastructure as a service, with data centers in Salt lake and Indianapolis.

  23. Annalise Says:
    October 1st, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Here is a list of the Top U.S. IaaS/Cloud Providers. One this list are some companies not included in this list, including BlueLock (see comment above)

    http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/american-business-confidently-shifting-tech/story.aspx?guid={9F962961-F0FC-49DD-A363-49282E06D758}&dist=hppr

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    October 1st, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I’m not sure why the link isn’t entirely active but if you past it in the browser it will take you to the article

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  26. Corey Riley Says:
    October 21st, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    I would also like to offer my company, AppNexus, as a complete cloud computing solution. We have two datacenters (NY, LA), dedicated physical servers with a hypervisor that can run any operating system, F5 local and global load balancing, Isilon NAS, and 100% SLA among other services. Please check out wiki.appnexus.com for more info.

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    November 3rd, 2008 at 10:50 am

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    Register for the Free service and try it yourself.

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  29. Shannon Williams Says:
    May 5th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Great list. My firm, VMOps, provides software for service providers and enterprises to create computing clouds using commodity servers, storage and networking. What we’ve built is a fully integrated stack, including a Multitenant Hypervisor that installs on the computing servers and Cloud Server for controlling and managing the cloud.

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  31. GreatGordo Says:
    October 27th, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Are you working on updating your (super/great)list. If so I would love to read it. It would really help my research for the site that I’m building !!!
    Thanx
    G.

  32. Clark Says:
    November 27th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for starting this process. We’ve put together our own list of cloud-based email providers for business called http://www.cloudemail101.org. We compare all of the big providers including: Microsoft BPOS, Google Apps Premier, Intermedia, Cisco, Zimbra and a bunch of the hosted Exchange providers. For those looking to stick their big toe ito the cloud with email, this is a great resource to understand their options.

    -C

  33. Kevin Epstein Says:
    December 16th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Any plans to update this list? I suspect things have changed a lot since last year…

    http://www.CloudShare.com launch, for example :)

  34. Robert Smith Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    If you are updating the list, you may wish to include SymetriQ who are an IaaS proider. I think they are a relatively new company but we have tested extensively on other platforms and found theirs to be amongst the most intuitive and stable.

    http://www.symetriq.com

  35. Walt Says:
    January 14th, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Great list and I look forward to future updates. There is one service provider that should be on the list. Softlayer with both cloud computing and cloud storage. Mezeo Software provides a deployable cloud storage platform should also be on the list with over a dozen deployments world wide.

    Walt

  36. Abraham Says:
    March 21st, 2010 at 5:22 am

    John,

    i like the way you categorized the vendors.

    I published also a list, with some more categories in a blogpost here:

    http://abraham.taherivand.net/2010/03/yet-another-list-of-cloud-computing-providers/

    Looking forward for feedback and opinions.

    Abraham

  37. Andrew Slater Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Quantix are another one to add to the list; http://www.quantix-uk.com & cloud-dr.com . We specialise in Oracle centric cloud deployments and Business Continuity. Cheers.

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