Who leads the pack

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The market for cloud compute infrastructure as a service (a virtual data center of compute, storage and network resources delivered as a service) is still maturing and rapidly evolving. However its notable that Amazon Web Service (AWS) is far ahead of the league owing to its pure vision of highly automated, cost-effective, and flexible nature. AWS is a clear leader when it comes to IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). The rest of the lot who have been chasing this market are CSC, Joyent, HP, Microsoft, IBM. Its also surprising to note that Rackspace who used to be the leader here has fallen back.

 

As per a recent Gartner reports the strengths of AWS are :

  • AWS is the overwhelming market share leader, with more than five times the compute capacity in use than the aggregate total of the other fourteen providers in this Magic Quadrant. It is a thought leader; it is extraordinarily innovative, exceptionally agile and very responsive to the market. It has the richest IaaS product portfolio, and is constantly expanding its service offerings and reducing its prices. It has by far the largest pool of capacity, which makes its service one of the few suitable for batch computing, especially for workloads that require short-term provisioning of hundreds of servers at a time.
  • AWS has a very large technology partner ecosystem. Many software vendors have specially licensed and packaged their software to run on EC2, either independently or via the AWS Marketplace, which eases deployment and eliminates some of the challenges associated with licensing software to run in the cloud. Its API is supported by many third parties that provide associate management tools, and many open-source and commercial CMPs are compatible with its API. Although AWS is not directly involved in the hybrid on-premises cloud business, it has partners that can offer such solutions.
  • AWS has a diverse customer base and the broadest range of use cases, including enterprise and mission-critical applications. It is increasingly targeting the mainstream market by both broadening its technical capabilities and increasing its go-to-market partnerships with SIs (such as Capgemini, Cognizant and Wipro) that provide both application development expertise and managed services. It has obtained many security and compliance-related certifications and audits. Customers may be able to access these audits under a nondisclosure agreement, but cannot conduct their own independent audits.
  • AWS has multiple “availability zones” (AZs) within its regions. These AZs are effectively multiple data centers in close proximity to one another. AWS’s services are designed to make it easier to run applications across multiple AZs; customers are responsible for architecting their applications for high availability. However, new capabilities are rolled out incrementally, region by region, so newer capabilities are not necessarily available in every region.

If you still haven’t explored the cloud its high time you have a look at one of the following

  1. http://aws.amazon.com
  2. http://appengine.google.com

Also check one of my ealier blog entry “Ready to ride the cloud” ?

 

 

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