Amazon and IBM Deemed “Cloud Champions.”

July 20, 2010
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By Jon Brodkin (from InfoWorld).

“Amazon and IBM are the “cloud champions” according to a new report, but Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Red Hat, and VMware are also among the list of heavyweights in the emerging cloud computing field.

All tech vendors are embracing the cloud. Even those that don’t provide public cloud services are fighting to become the top builders of infrastructures to support emerging cloud networks.

A new quarterly report from BTC Logic, an IT consulting firm, attempts to rank the top cloud players, and puts them into seven broad categories: cloud foundations, infrastructure, network services, platforms, applications, security and management.

BTC Logic claims Amazon and IBM are the “cloud champions” because they rank in the top five in four of the seven categories. The companies Microsoft, Google, Red Hat, Salesforce, Symantec, VMware, Citrix, EMC, Oracle, Level ,3 and Cisco are deemed “cloud heavyweights,” one level below Amazon and IBM, because they rank highly in fewer categories.A third group of companies is listed merely as “cloud contenders,” and this group includes AT&T, Aylus Networks, Rackspace, and SAP’s Business Objects division.

Neither Microsoft nor Google rank first in any of the seven cloud categories, but Google is second behind Salesforce.com in cloud applications and Microsoft is second behind VMware in cloud foundations. Cloud foundations refer to tools and software that make it possible to build cloud infrastructure.”

The rest of Mr. Brodkin’s article may be found here.

The BTC report may be found here.

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