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The 2008 Cloudies Awards

By John | December 22, 2008

This is the inaugural year so there was only one judge (me). Next year I will try and be a little more democratic about this. If you don’t agree with me please post a comment and if you have a good argument I will create an updated post. Here goes:

Cloud Hero of 2008

Reuven Cohen

Most Influential Cloud Bloggers

James Urquhart

Reuven Cohen

Top IaaS



Top PaaS


Google App Engine

Top SaaS


Google Apps

Best Private Cloud Vendors



Best Cloud Application Providers



Best Cloud Orchestration Tools in the Cloud



Best Monitoring Tools in the Clouds



Best Security Solutions for the Cloud

VPN Cubed


Best Cloud Builders



Best Cloud New Comers



Best Open Source in the Clouds


Enomaly ECP

Best Languages used in the clouds



Biggest Cloud Disappointment in 2008



Best Killer Apps in the Cloud



Best Cloud Startup Success Stories



Best New Cloudy Terms

The Meat Cloud


Worst Cloud CTO

Alan Ganek the Chief Technology Officer of Tivoli software

Best Cloud CTO’s

Werner Vogels

Thorsten von Eicken

Best Cloud Analysts



Best Cloud Innovation in 2008

Rich Wolski

Best David vs. Goliath Cloud Vendor


Best Cloud Tweets



Best Cloud Arguments

Nick Car v O”reilly

George Reese v Everyone

Wackiest CEO

Barry X Lynn

Topics: cloudies | 16 Comments »

16 Responses to “The 2008 Cloudies Awards”

  1. Geva Perry Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Let me add another one:

    Best Cloud Blogger

    John M. Willis

  2. William Vambenepe Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    You forgot one category: “best cloud podcaster, industry surveyor and IBM debunker”. But maybe you’re too modest…

  3. John Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    There is nothing more rewarding than having really really smart people compliment you. Next year I will add this category and abstain from voting…


  4. Ed Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Great list – fyi your link for SOASTA has an extra “h” in the http://

  5. James Urquhart Says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 2:43 am

    Seriously, John, you have to cut yourself a piece of the pie here. The Droplets alone are perhaps the best running commentary of the cloud world out there. If it hasn’t been said enough to date, thank you for doing what you are doing.

    Ditto from me to Geva and William.


  6. Cloud Awards | Network Industry Review Says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 9:49 am

    [...] not really big name awards, but rather John Willis’s personal suggestions: The 2008 Cloudies Awards. I mention it because a) it is a rather useful who’s who of cloud computing and b) it is a [...]

  7. Jeff Says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Hey John,

    Thanks for the consideration! A quick correction: the name of our company is “Cloudera”, not “CloudERA”. Look forward to the, er, cloud era.


  8. Nati Shalom Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    +1 to Geva comment:

    “Let me add another one:
    Best Cloud Blogger
    John M. Willis”

    Thanks anyway for nominating GigaSpaces as Best Cloud Application Providers. Next year i’ll try to get to the CTO nomination short list:)

    For those not familiar with GigaSpaces you can view the presentation i gave cloud event in Tel Aviv here entitled “Getting ready for the cloud where i ran an online demonstrate auto-scaling and self healing.

    The slides are avliable here:

  9. Matt Small Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I’ll vote for John too! Keep up the good work! I’ll echo James on the droplets comments.


    Great list and thank you for the mentions of RightScale.

  10. John Says:
    December 29th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks Matt

    Are you going to be able to make it to our cloud camp Atlanta? I received a lot of great feedback from your last visit.

  11. Steve Says:
    February 5th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Have you checked out Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud? I do not think I have seen them mentioned anywhere on your site. Worth reviewing IMHO.

  12. Kevin Jackson Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Maybe you can consider some industry specific awards next year :-)

  13. The GigaSpaces Blog » Blog Archives » Best Cloud Application Providers Says:
    May 17th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    [...] This week i got a nice xMas surprise hearing that we won the Best Cloud Application Provider category in the The 2008 Cloudies Awards [...]

  14. Big 4 Little 4 - Private Clouds | IT Management and Cloud Blog Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    [...] front runner for “The Best Tweet” cloudie award this year is this one from @ruv …: “its like a game of survivor . The Enomaly [...]

  15. Jeff Darcy Says:
    December 18th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I’d like to nominate James Hamilton and Jonathan Ellis for best cloud blogger. I think the Dynamo is Flawed debate also deserves some consideration for best cloud argument. Lots of good stuff came out of that one IMO.

  16. Frank Cohen Says:
    December 18th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    May I nominate my company’s own PushToTest TestMaker product for your consideration. Imagine running a load and performance test in a cloud environment at up to a million virtual users for less than $1000. Details at