In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010)
being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time
to give my earlier list a complete overhaul.
Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the
I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this
year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and
continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be
sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them
in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)
A couple of Amazon's boys, credited with leading the development of EC2, have
struck out on their own and launched Nimbula, whose purpose is to "blend
EC2-like scale, agility and efficiency with private infrastructure
customization and control."
Apparently the Silicon Valley-based Nimbula has been in stealth mode for over
a year and brought in $5.75 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital
And apparently it will be going after large organizations with a yen to have
an EC2 of their very own.
Nimbula is starting with Nimbula Director, a so-called cloud operating system
that manages on- and off-premise IT resources on customer-controlled
infrastructure. It's supposed to be capable of linear scaling to thousands of
nodes and automated hands-off installation and data center management. It
promises metered bursting into public clouds like Amazon along... (more)
As we are in the early stages of the transformation offered by cloud
computing, there is lot of confusion around how various solutions and
offerings fit in the overall picture for enterprise customers and the
benefits of various offerings. Whether you have to deliver SaaS, PaaS, or
Custom Apps there are three building blocks you need to deliver them,
datacenter with virtualization, IaaS layer on top of virtualization, and
application/workload management for efficient deployment and management. It
can be argued that you don’t need virtualization or IaaS to deliver the
SaaS or PaaS offerings, however, if you care about efficiency and agility you
will be better off leveraging the IaaS layer running on top of the
virtualization layer and using a tool for application/workload management for
deploying and managing your solutions (SaaS, PaaS, or Custom Apps), All ... (more)
Nimbula, the so-called cloud operating system start-up put in train by a
couple of the boys credited with creating Amazon’s EC2 service, has gotten
a $15 million B round.
Accel Partners led the check-signing. Sequoia Capital also pulled out a pen.
Sequoia and VMware, oddly enough, staked Nimbula to its $5.75 million first
Accel, like Sequoia, gets a board seat. VMware’s ex-CEO Diane Greene – in
another small world moment – also sits on the board but is not an investor.
The money is supposed to go into developing hybrid cloud computing
technologies and pushing out Nimbula’s RESTful HTTP API-based widgetry for
managing on- and off-premises infrastructures.
The stuff is now in beta with a few multinationals in financial services,
technology and healthcare that have scads of servers.
Nimbula, which came out of stealth mode in June after getting started early
Simon Wardley and I had a quick exchange about the sloppily written and
factually inaccurate writing of Wired’s Jon Stokes. Simon commented about a
November post on Wired CloudLine as follows:
@swardley: ”This Wired post on cloud from Nov ’11 – where it isn’t
wrong (repeating unfounded myths), it is tediously obvious –
I piled on and Simon posted about another post here.
@swardley: “Oh dear, another of the wired author’s articles
- http://bit.ly/vHWPZW – is so full of holes, well, no wonder people are
Stokes replied here.
@jonst0kes: ”@cloudbzz @swardley And I’d like to think that one of you
could write a real takedown instead of slinging insults on twitter.”
Let me just start by stating the obvious – When a respected editor like
Stokes at a very respected zine like Wired puts up crap, misinformation and
rubbish, it... (more)
MAKING FRIENDS EVERYWHERE I GO…
There’s no way to write this without making it seem like I’m attacking
the person whose words I am about to stare rudely at, squint and poke out my
No, it’s not @reillyusa, featured to the right. But that expression about
sums up my motivation.
Because this ugly game of “Words With Friends” is likely to be received
as though I’m at odds with what represents the core marketing message of a
company, I think I’m going to be voted off the island.
Wouldn’t be the first time. Won’t be the last. It’s not personal.
It’s just cloud, bro.
This week at Cloud Connect, @randybias announced that his company,
Cloudscaling, is releasing a new suite of solutions branded under the
marketing moniker of “Open Cloud.”
I started to explore my allergy to some of these message snippets as they
were strategically “leaked” last week in a most un... (more)
Marc Andreesen said recently that 2012 will be remembered as the year of
SaaS. What he meant is that SaaS has been around for a while, but it came of
age this year, with examples of successes such as the Workday IPO. No one
questions the significance of SaaS any more. But the year 2013 will see a
shift to PaaS (Platform as a Service) with “most” new activities. There
is already a blurring of the lines between IaaS and PaaS, as seen from
Amazon’s AWS stack. But programmatic interface in PaaS will dominate as we
move forward, catering to the developer community. The incumbents such as
IBM, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, and Adobe (representing “on-premise”
software) will have to combat with pure-play cloud players.
I saw a list of cloud pioneers and new cloud tools that are be worth sharing.
Among the names (arguably) of cloud pioneers here are the often quoted –
Warren Vo... (more)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/14 -- Bluebox Security, the
mobile data security company, today announced that Vividh Siddha has joined
the company as Vice President of Engineering. Vividh will lead the
engineering team, including development, QA and cloud operations, to drive
additional product innovation, ensuring that Bluebox continues to anticipate
and meets enterprise needs in the rapidly evolving mobile security market.
"We continue to scale the company in response to market demand for next
generation mobile security and are excited to add another key member to our
management team," said Caleb Sima, Founder and CEO, Bluebox Security. "Vividh
has the experience and successful track record to drive our next phase of
product innovation and ensure we continue our trajectory of growth."
Siddha brings over 10 years of technology development and management ... (more)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/24/13 -- ORACLE OPENWORLD -- Oracle
The integration of Nimbula Director into Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud will
enable customers and service providers to deploy an open, standards-based
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) foundation with proven breakthrough
application performance for Java, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle
Applications. This highly scalable, self-healing and resilient cloud
infrastructure will scale from a single Oracle Exalogic rack to thousands of
virtual machines and many racks. Leveraging OpenStack and other open
industry standards, Oracle Exalogic will deliver a high performance cloud
solution that more seamlessly integrates into customers' existing data
Oracle today announced the roadmap for integrating Nimbula Director, an
Infrastructure-as-a-Service ... (more)
NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a
new market research report is available in its catalogue:
Global Cloud Security Market 2013-2018
Cloud computing appears as a very lucrative and commercially interesting
solution for many companies. Offering powerful computing technologies at low
prices means that even start-ups and SMBs can compete in the same market as
bigger enterprises. Cloud computing represents a significant shift in the way
that IT resources are managed, operated, and consumed. These changes confer a
number of benefits but they also expose a company to a barrage of new
security risks. In deciding on the adoption of a cloud security service
provider, a company ... (more)
NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new
market research report is available in its catalogue:
Global Cloud Computing Services Industry
This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Cloud Computing Services in
US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS),
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Business
Process-as-a-Service (BPaaS), and Management & Security Services.
The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual
estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2009 through 2018.
The report profiles 269 companies including many key and niche... (more)