Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining
your mind share? Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the
news recently with a number of announcements.
So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals
Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and
research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and
perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this
There are several lists that are excellent points of reference - The Top 150
Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging
Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index.
Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft,
Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top
What can these things possibly have in common? In a word - relativity.
I'm reminded of the old joke, two guys are swimming in the ocean when they
notice a shark and one guy takes off swimming towards the boat, while the
other says, "What are you doing? We can't swim faster than a shark", the
other replies, "I don't need to swim faster than a shark, just faster than
Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security,
and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter.
Its been a field day for many who oppose the cloud computing... (more)
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Coffee, of eWeek fame.
Peter, as industry veterans may be aware, was eWeek's Technology Editor, and
is now Director of Platform Research for Salesforce.com, a leader in cloud
Our conversation began with my blatant attempt at gaining insight about
Salesforce's strategic roadmap, knowing full well only the CEO can answer
those type of questions, but you never know what you can glean from a
non-response. Hey, I gave it a shot.
Then the real discussion of our meeting began. The economic advantages of
the cloud computi... (more)
Vanilla, Chocolate or a Swirl? Rocky Road may be next as it looks like a
bumpy ride ahead.
The popular kids on the cloud computing block are the public types, which
makes sense to me, particularly at this early junction of the industry.
Though a common opinion by industry insiders is that we will see many
different approaches as existing technology companies seek to position
themselves in this segment.
Some of those potential alternative arrangements (at least in theory) are
Cloud Computing Models
- Public: Off Premise. Pay for service designed, built, and ... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
Yesterday I had the opportunity to pay a visit to a few vendors at the
virtual VoiceCon event.
I enjoyed a chat with an Alcatel-Lucent representative, learned a bit about
Avaya's Aura Unified Communications (UC) platform, and viewed an IBM Lotus
Sametime Unified Telephony demo. Virtual attendance at the event during the
time that I joined was under 300 participants.
Other companies participating included Siemens, Sprint, and Acme Packet.
As you can imagine given the ongoing economic challenges, and the demand for
green technologies, businesses are seek... (more)