Last month, in the first article aboutcloud computing leaders, we looked at a few of cloud computing’s usual suspects (Amazon, Google, Salesforce.com, Microsoft), a surprise entrant (CA), and some startups driving the cloud-adoption push, including Rackspace, Eucalyptus and GoGrid.This time around we investigate some additional big players, more up-and-coming startups, and a company on the brink that may well fail, yet still be considered a cloud pioneer.
As with the last round, the criteria used to determine our leaders mixes the objective (customer traction, experience, market cap or financing) with the patently subjective (ability to innovate, ease of use, how well cloud computing ties in with the company’s broader portfolio).
As always, if you feel we’ve missed someone, let us know in the comment field below.
Why they’re a leader today? As a result of operating more than 8 million square feet of data centers, “we know the data center and have decades’ worth of service level agreements behind us,” an IBM spokesperson noted. Moreover, the technologies supporting cloud computing – virtualization, self-service provisioning, Web-delivered services, open standards and Internet-scale computing – are right in IBM’s wheelhouse.
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