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Cloud Computing Vendors A to Z

By John | March 20, 2008

I HAVE A REVISED VERSION OF THIS POST…

Cloud Vendors A to Z (Revised)


Cloud Vendor Level Type Status Based Off Beta Status Notes
3Tera 3 Server Not a Provider (1) Software Based Production 3Tera does provide hosting however their goal is to be a software solution not a hosting solution
Adobe Air 1 Application Not a Provider Backbone TBD Desktop play
Akamai 0 Server Not a Provider Software Based Production CDN
Amazon EC2 2 Server Provider Backbone Beta
Amazon S3 2 Storage Provider Backbone Beta
Amazon SimpleDB 2 Database Provider Backbone Beta
Apache CouchDB 2 Database Not a Provider Software Based Production IBM is involved
Apache Hadoop 2 Database Not a Provider Software Based Production
Areti Internet 0 Application Provider 3Tera Production
Box-Net 1 Storage Provider Backbone Production
Cassatt Corporation 0 Server Not a Provider Software Based Production Provisioning play
Citrix (XenSource) 0 Utility Not a Provider Software Based Production
CohesiveFT 1 Utility Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Beta Supports XEN and VMWare
Dell DCS 2 Server Provider Backbone TBD
Elastra 1 Server Provider Amazon EC2 Beta
EMC Mozy 1 Storage Provider Backbone Production Cloud Services Play
Enki 1 Server Not a Provider 3Tera Production Heavier as a services player
Enomaly 1 Server Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Beta Heavier as a services player
Enomoly ElastcDrive 1 Storage Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Beta
EnterpriseDB 1 Database Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Beta Have a cloud offering
Flexiscale 2 Server Provider Backbone Production UK Based
Fortress ITX 1 Server Not a Provider 3Tera Production
Google Apps 1 Application Provider Backbone Beta Desktop play
HP AiaaS 2 Server Provider Backbone TBD
IBM Blue Cloud 0 Server Provider Backbone TBD Provisioning play
iCloud 1 Application Provider Backbone Production Desktop Cloud
Joyent 2 Server Provider Backbone Production Solaris based cloud
JungleDisk 1 Storage Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Beta Low cost utility for S3
Layered Technology 1 Server Provider 3Tera Production A 3Tera mega partner
LongJump 1 Database Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Beta
Microsoft SSDS 1 Database Provider Backbone TBD Competes w/Amazon SimpleDB
MorphExchange 1 Utility Not a Provider Amazon EC2 Beta Ruby on Rails cloud
Mosso 2 Server Provider Rackspace Production Owned by by Rackspce
Rackspace 0 Server Provider Amazon EC2 Production
Rightscale 1 Server Provider Amazon EC2 Beta
Salesforce.com 0 Application Provider SaaS Production
Sun Caroline 2 Server Provider Backbone TBD
Sun MySQL 1 Database Provider Backbone TBD Not sure of plans
Terremark 0 Server Provider Backbone Production
VMWare 0 Utility Not a Provider Software Based Production

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: SaaS, akamai, amazon, blue cloud, cloud computing, couchdb, ec2, enterprisedb, flexiscale, google, grid, groundwork, hadoop, hp, ibm, microsoft, mosso, mysql, rackspace, rightscale, s3, salesforce.com, simpledb, sun, utility cloud computing, vmware, xen | 40 Comments »

40 Responses to “Cloud Computing Vendors A to Z”

  1. Demystifying Clouds | John M Willis ESM Blog Says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 5:42 am

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  2. Jan Says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Heya,
    just for clarification: It is Apache CouchDB. The fact that the lead developer is paid by IBM doesn’t give IBM any stake in CouchDB. All code is and will be copyrighted to the Apache Software Foundation.

    Cheers,
    Jan

  3. John Says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Jan,

    Thanks for the update. From an analyst point of view (which I am not) IBM has recently down played SolidDB and hired the creator of CouchDB to work full time on CouchDB. That sounds like they are positioning towards CoudchDB or just hedging their bet,

    “The fact that the lead developer is paid by IBM doesn’t give IBM any stake in CouchDB.”

    I agree with that. IBM has proven them self in this area of being a good citizen. However, to think that IBM has made these moves just to be nice be a good citizen would be naive.

    Thanks
    John

  4. Jan Says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Still, the project is called “Apache CouchDB” and has in itself no affiliation whatsoever with IBM. I just think your table entry is misleading here.

  5. John Says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    You win :)

  6. Yan Says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    (disclaimer: I work for cohesiveFT)

    level 1 – ‘parasites’ is a bit of a negative connotation isn’t it :-) .

    For a minor correction – CohesiveFT are not EC2-based (ec2 is simply one of the cloud choices we offer..it happens to be the only one at the moment. We think of ourselves as an enabler in the cloud equation – we want to let you get your stuff into the cloud (whether public or private, or downloaded and provisioned locally, for that matter) easily and quickly.

    cheers!

  7. John Says:
    March 21st, 2008 at 3:36 am

    Yan,

    Good points. I made some changes to the charts. This was a first cut. I was just getting so tired of seeing the Forrester chart all over the place w/o any explanations so I took a quick crack at it myself.

    Hopefully a next step is to put all of the stuff I have been doing into a Wiki and then guys like you can just update the changes yourselfs.

    Thanks
    John

  8. Matthew Small Says:
    March 21st, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    At RightScale, we also look at ourselves as Cloud Enablers. Filling the software gap to provide access and usability to the base cloud hardware infrastructure. We too will be host agnostic once more players enter the game.

  9. Jan Says:
    March 21st, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Heya John
    good work on the changes and chart in general, keep it up! :)
    Jan

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  12. alexis Says:
    March 25th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    John, can I respectfully suggest that rather than using your ‘Levels 0-3′, a different way of parsing the world might be to ask the following questions:

    1. Does it run your applications/data (e.g. Amazon EC2, Force.com), or is it an enabling technology (e.g. CohesiveFT, Rightscale, VMware)?

    2. Does it work with only one cloud (e.g. SimpleDB only works with Amazon) or enable portability across many clouds?

    3. Can you use it within the enterprise, either to create your own cloud, or to make an existing capability more flexible and ‘cloud like’?

    alexis

  13. James Urquhart Says:
    March 26th, 2008 at 2:26 am

    John,

    Thanks for putting this together.

    I must raise some issues with the Cassatt entry, however. First, it is “Cassatt Corporation”, not “Cassett”. (You’ve made the same spelling error elsewhere in your blog as well.) Second, what the heck is the difference between “backbone” and “software based” in the “based off” column?

    Third, given the fact that you now have a “/3tera” subsection of your blog, would you please come clean on whether or not you are being paid to promote 3tera? Don’t get me wrong, its OK if you are a big fan (and the offer remains open to make you a big fan of Cassatt as well). However, given the authority you are trying to carve out for yourself, I think its only fair to set the record straight.

    Thanks again for your coverage of this space, and I look forward to more posts like this.

  14. John Says:
    March 26th, 2008 at 6:42 am

    First-things-first. I am truly sorry for being careless your companies name. I will fix all references immediately… sorry

    Backbone vs. based on should be obvious how ever I do agree that it breaks down a bit when it comes to software offerings. As I have stated this was a stake in the ground approach to try to differentiate all the confusion (e.g., Akamai on the Forrester’s Cloud 11 Cloud). Actually I am working with a few others to come up with a better way to describe vendors. If you want to help I am all ears.

    Third… yes you are correct. 3Tera is paying off big. I have put three kids through college on their dime. Also my 30 foot Grady-White fishing boat should be arriving just in time for summer fun.

    I wish it was that easy. I have received NO MONEY from any vendor referenced on this site. The only vendor I indirectly make money from is IBM through services and training. Have you noticed the fact that I don’t even have any advertisements on my site? My interests in all this stuff is to try and make money the old fashion way (from enterprise customers). To that end it appears to me that 3Tera and Rightscale have some leading solutions.

    btw, I do want to carve out some time to work with your product and address the positives of your product on this site. No payola necessary – ah maybe stickers or a coffee mug.

    Also as for the “johnmwillis.com/3tera” you might also notice that I have things like:

    “johnmwillis.com/humor”
    “johnmwillis.com/ibm”
    “johnmwillis.com/mysql”
    “johnmwillis.com/amazon”
    “johnmwillis.com/apple”
    “johnmwillis.com/wikinomics”

    and every other tag that is defined in my Blog’s taxonomy. That is a WordPress thing.

    Thanks
    John

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  17. James Urquhart Says:
    March 26th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    John,

    Thank you for the explaination. I apologize for questioning your allegiances, but I felt it was important to eliminate any doubts as to your motives. Your explaination satisfies all of my questions, and I look forward to more of your great work.

    Too bad the boat was an illusion, though. *I* would have started writing positive things about 3TERA if that was their reward. :)

  18. John Says:
    March 26th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    James,

    No problem. If I were you I would have asked the same question.

    John

  19. Peter Says:
    March 30th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Surprising that with the amount of research you seem to have missed Nirvanix. They are a strong player against Amazon’s S3. Any particular reason for not including them or just an oversight?

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  21. Reuven Cohen, Enomaly Inc Says:
    April 4th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    In regards to the Enomaly entry, the details are not correct. Enomalism is based on server virtualization, not EC2 and includes support for Xen,KVM,Qemu,OpenVZ,VMware, EC2 and Hyper-v.

    Great work on the list.

  22. John Says:
    April 4th, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Reuven,

    Maybe next week we can talk and you can school me again on the clouds :)

    John

  23. M L Says:
    April 11th, 2008 at 4:18 am

    John,

    Thanks for putting our site up on this list. Morph eXchange (you missed the letter “n”) is the website where developers can access our platform as a service — Morph Application Platform. Morph Labs is the name of our company. Hope that clears things up a bit.

    We are a SaaS enabler based in Asia, initially harvesting on the power of EC2. Ruby on Rails is only the first application platform of many that Morph plans to support in time.

  24. John Says:
    April 11th, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Sorry about that. Thanks for the update. I am about to create an updated posting so your timing was great.

    John

  25. Joe Says:
    April 14th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    You are missing Nirvanix (www.nirvanix.com) who provides Cloud Storage (competes with Amazon S3)

  26. John Says:
    April 14th, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I added Nirvanix in the updated post …

    http://www.johnmwillis.com/cloud-computing/cloud-vendors-a-to-z-revised/

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  30. BrianK Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Let’s get Scalent Systems up on your list – a provisioning play around servers, network, and the consumed storage that becomes the infrastructure underpinnings for delivering a SAAS solution. http://www.scalent.com.

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  32. Tess Soroka Says:
    August 21st, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    If you update this be sure to add AppNexus. They are the only enterprise grade, dedicated, on demand cloud solution. And they were recently featured
    in info world http://www.infoworld.com/infoworld/article/08/07/21/30TC-cloud-reviews_5.html

  33. Emily Says:
    August 21st, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Is there a key to all the categories/chart headers? For example what does provider vs. non provider mean?

  34. mike west Says:
    August 30th, 2008 at 9:53 am

    John,
    I am sure you have this worked out and I may have missed it, but what do your levels 0-3 mean? You probably have criteria, but for instance, what is a “look-alike” and what is a “disruptor” versus the other categories.
    Thanks for the good work.
    Mike

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  36. Ryan McDermott Says:
    September 26th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Hi John,

    I really appreciate the fact that you went to so much effort to put together such a comprehensive list. I would like to know a bit about your depth of knowledge in the Terremark cloud computing offering. Terremark has an incredible software interface that allows customers to build a virtual infrastructure in a matter of minutes, and it all resides on an enterprise class architecture that already runs a number of enterprise production applications.

    I would be happy to set something up if you would like to dive deeper.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan McDermott
    Technology Evangelist – Terremark

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  39. joy y Says:
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    who were the first cloud computing vendors?

  40. Gary Elfert Says:
    February 12th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    You might want to add ReliaCloud (http://www.reliacloud.com) to your list. They are an IaaS provider focused on the SMB market.

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