What is Cloud computing?
Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The name cloud computing was inspired by the cloud symbol that’s often used to represent the Internet in flowcharts and diagrams.
So, today, we are showing you major players in cloud computing by different industries. Have a look at 6 key cloud computing players of year 2010.
Clearly the market leader in Cloud Computing and primarily a IaaS vendor. EC2 and S3 are the two most popular services available as part of Amazon Web Services. They also have the most wide variety of services available as part of their cloud platform.
There are indications that Amazon may have a total of 1.8 million deployed instances and showing 10% overall growth in deployments Indications are they had total revenue of 220 million USD revenue from their Cloud business. There are around 100,000 customers using Amazon Web Services.
Rackspace which has long been one of the largest players in the managed hosting market quickly transformed itself into a highly successful Cloud Computing provider primarily as an IaaS provider. They have two key services Cloud Servers and Cloud Files which are the equivalent of EC2 and S3 from Amazon. Indicating 100% growth in Cloud Revenues from 2008 to 2009 Added around 40,000 new customers in the last 4 quarters Cloud Revenue has been 56 million USD in 2009.
3. hSenid Mobile – Cloud TAP
The revolutionary Cloud Telco Application Portal (Cloud TAP) powered by hSenid Mobile based on open standards & technologies, end to end service creation and rapid time to market Telco Applications. Telecom Operators need to regain a foothold in the mobile applications market and one of the primary ways is to roll out “Telco Applications” that are based on the Operator’s network capabilities such as SMS, MMS, USSD, Location capabilities etc which can reach out to almost every GSM based Mobile Device. For which there is a requirement of an interface connecting dynamic App Developers to the Operator’s backend seamlessly.
Cloud TAP consists of Cloud SDP, Telco App Store, Telco Developer Portal where Telecom Operators can leverage from the Cloud by enabling rapid service creation, tapping into abundant sources of innovation, monetizing their network assets while maintaining modest capital and operational bases.
Salesforce.com was one of the earliest Cloud Computing companies to get setup with a specific focus on CRM and functioned as a SaaS company. Salesforce.com first started in 1999 and has grown significantly from its initial launch with a continuous focus on CRM. Force.com was launched in 2007 as a custom application development platform as an entry into the PaaS market but has not been able to garner a significant market due its proprietary platform. Given the specific nature of the platform Amazon and Rackspace have been ranked higher in this list even though Salesforce has higher revenue.
Approximately total of 55,000 corporate customers and 1.5 million individual subscribers resulting $1.3 billion revenue for 2009.
Google made a late entry into the Cloud Computing business with two services, Google Apps which primarily targets the SaaS space and the Google App Engine which provides a PaaS model for businesses and individuals to deploy their Web Apps. They have quickly made a mark with both the platforms and have made significant growth in the overall cloud computing market.
Google Apps has 1 million customers and an approximate revenue of $50 million
Google App Engine does not have any numbers publicly available, since the paid version launched a year back they may need some more time before we get a sense of the adoption.
Microsoft was the last major player to enter into the market and as expected launched a platform Azure based on their Windows/Azure stack. While they have continued to claim that Azure is not tied to .NET, the expectation is the platform will see most adoption from Microsoft shops with a focus on .NET and Windows based technologies and platforms. Indications are that around 10,000 customers have moved to Azure. Since the launch has been less than 6 months back it’s a little early to track adoption. We rank it high due to the high potential of the platform and tight integration with Microsoft based development platforms.