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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blah, Blah, Blah
I guess you could call them the Amazon.com 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
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?”
Give me an API or give me death.
Worst Cloud CTO
Best Cloud CTO
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
Best David vs. Goliath Cloud Vendor
Best Cloud Tweet
Best Cloud Arguments
New Awards in 2009
Best Cloud Presentations
Rookie of the Year
Best Cloud Argument (Redemption)
George was right.. Austoscaling doesn’t matter.
Best Cloud Philosopher
Best Cloud Evangelists
Best Agile Infrastructure Dudes