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The 2009 Cloudies Awards

By John | December 23, 2009

This is the second year of the “Cloudies” award and still only one judge (me).  However, there are things in the works to make the “Cloudies” a more official and non-tongue-n-cheek next year.  I did solicit some tweets this year for awards. Please don’t be offended if you are not in this list.  This list represents my radar and is somewhat of a goof.  I  am a one man show and not a global organization.  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 2009

Beaker Chris Hoff

I predicted this early in 2008 (see And the 2009 Cloudie Award Goes To…)

Most Influential Cloud Bloggers

randybias Randy Bias of Cloudscaling

Randy has done some fantastic blog posts this year on cloud computing.  There are few people out there that can match his total understanding of infrastructure computing.

ruv Reuven Cohen of Enomaly

Love him or or not, his blog always has in depth coverage coverage of the latest announcements on cloud computing.  It is one the first places I go to figure out the impact of something new in cloud computing.

Top IaaS


Sorry folks, no one even comes close to these guys on the IaaS.


Despite a few missteps here and there, these guys are the only folks on Amazon’s radar.

Top PaaS


Still the one-and-only on-ramp to the cloud (IaaS)…


I am sure there are a lot of other great PaaS’s out there; however the “Cloudies” is not a democracy.  Every customer of these guys raves about their service.

Top SaaS


Blah, Blah, Blah

Google Apps

I guess you could call them the of SaaS.

Best Private Cloud Vendors


Running in Nasa, Eli Lilly and a few other places puts them in the lead at this point.


A close second to Eucalyptus.  Backed by Canonical with Ubuntu server and KVM it makes for a great story…

Best Cloud Application Providers


They got clowns the the left and jokers to the right.  RabbitMQ stuck in the middle with you.


They have a great story down at FedEx and Bob and Sam are some of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

Best Cloud Orchestration Tools in the Cloud


Zenoss is to Nagios as Chef is to Puppet. Oh yea I am an adviser for Opscode.


What can I say, Puppet is the Nagios of open source configuration management.

Best Monitoring Tools in the Clouds


Zenoss is the Zenoss of open source monitoring.  They added some great cloud (Amazon) monitoring features this year.


The dirty little secret of cloud monitoring.  Rightscale uses CollectD for monitoring.

Best Security Solutions for the Cloud

VPN Cubed

First is usually best.  Plus you gotta luv the CohesiveFT dudes…


Best of the rest.

Best Cloud Builders


Elastic Server gets it done in 09.


Best Cloud New Comers


Very cool new PaaS.


CoudchDB as a Service.. Ya gotta luv it.

Best Open Source in the Clouds


This project is where Eucalyptus was about 1 year ago.

Best Languages used in the clouds



Biggest Cloud Disappointment in 2009


Congrats… Two years running.

Best Killer Apps in the Cloud


350k eFile’s in 22 hours all on AWS… Tough to beat these guys.


Zero touch movement of enterprise legacy application to Amazon EC2.  Sounds like a winner to me.

Best Cloud Startup Success Stories


These guys are paving the road for the avg folk like me to do “Big” things with data.

Best New Cloudy Terms


“Not Only SQL?”

Meatcloud Manifesto

Give me an API or give me death.

Worst Cloud CTO

Russ Daniels CTO at HP

Best Cloud CTO

Adam Jacob

I am biased; however, I think Chef from Opscode is the most exciting thing to happen to “enterprise systems management” in many years. Adam and Jesse have assembled a freaking great team.

Best Cloud Analysts



Best Cloud Innovation in 2009

Chris K WenselCascading

Best David vs. Goliath Cloud Vendor


Best Cloud Tweet

Meatcloud Manifesto

Best Cloud Arguments

Cisco v HP

samj v Everyone

New Awards in 2009

Best Cloud Presentations

Simon WardleyCloud Computing Why it Matters

Chris Hoff - The Frogs Who Desired a King: A Virtualization & Cloud Computing Fable

Rookie of the Year

lmacvittie Lori MacVittie

cloudbzz JohnTreadway

Best Cloud Argument (Redemption)


George was right.. Austoscaling doesn’t matter.

Best Cloud Philosopher


Best Cloud Evangelists



Best Agile Infrastructure Dudes



Honorable Mention






Topics: cloudies, other | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “The 2009 Cloudies Awards”

  1. John Says:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 4:13 pm


    It’s been great to read and hear your thoughts and insight throughout the year regarding cloud computing. Looking forward to your views as 2010 unfolds.

    BTW: Suggested category addition – Cloud Computing Program of the Year Award from Channel Insider – lists Zoho, SugarCRM and as the best bet for resellers looking to join the cloud computing game.

    Resellers were critical for the growth of sales in traditional software and systems. I don’t see why that would change as companies move more and more to cloud computing.


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  3. Gabriele Bozzi Says:
    December 24th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Oh gosh!!
    How many EGOs you have been crushing by not including some “prolific tweeterers” in this list; I can already think of a pair people that are going to have a very sad X-Mas this year…

    BTW: all the best for the new year and better luck for those who did not qualify!

  4. Greytip Online Says:
    December 26th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    “This is the second year of the “Cloudies” award and still only one judge (me)”…this sounds unusual but it is a novel initiative and very interesting too.

    thanks for sharing, keep it up

  5. Mike Malloy Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Interesting list. Of course we all can agree with some and disagree with others. We are kind of surprised by some of these entries, especially the ones that were not generally available products in 2009. We were also disappointed that New Relic (full disclosure: I work there) was not represented. We have more cloud customers using our management tools than all other management vendors combined and we are adding about 10 new cloud customers a day. So maybe think about us next year. Good luck.

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