Understanding the Cloud Computing Vendor Landscape

More than six months back, I had written about the tremendous amount of hype surrounding Cloud Computing. Then few months after that I took some clues from the Gartner Hype Cycle Report and said that this hype around Cloud Computing has reached the peak and now has started declining (Ref – “Beyond the hype – can some real work using Cloud Computing start now?“). IMO, real work or usage of any technology typically starts once the products shreds some of the hype or unrealistic expectations around it. As we work with our customers at GlobalLogic in consulting/helping them on various aspects of Cloud, I am now seeing the validation of my prediction.

However, now we have started seeing new challenge facing many who are taking or planning to take their first steps towards the implementation – figuring out which solution or technology does what and which solution to select by going through the mesh of vendors out there. The reason I say this is because Cloud Computing is a paradigm which does not suit itself to home development. Any solutions built up on or using Cloud would have to be built up by using or in partnership with the vendors out there. Deciphering the confusing marketing message sent out by various vendors about their capabilities and how these capabilities fits with the requirements in hand can be an overwhelming task by itself.

Considering the above challenge – recently I came across the vendor taxonomy created by Peter Laird which I thought was an impressive start in terms of laying the lay of the land in Cloud Computing.

Cloud Vendor Taxonomy - 2009

Cloud Vendor Taxonomy - 2009 - By Peter Laird. (Click on image for bigger view)

This blog post from Peter also describes what each of the category stands for. It is worth reading. Although based on our experience here some of the specific vendor classification could be debatable either way – however I am in agreement with the overall structure of the taxonomy. In our business at GlobalLogic in the Consumer-oriented applications side, we have explored solutions provided by the Public Cloud, Business User Platforms, Development Platforms along with Storage and Integration platforms. As we are enhancing our expertise in building applications/products on the Enterprise side – next steps for us would be to explore the Private Cloud side along with Billing and Integration side. Also my feeling is that Infrastructure-related technologies (as listed in the figure) would be mostly seamlessly packaged in by the Private Cloud Vendors.

In any regards, just wanted to share this pretty useful taxonomy created by Peter Laird to the readers of my blog. Thoughts and comments are welcome.

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