There are a lot of big names in the public cloud computing market: Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Verizon and Rackspace among them. And here's another company that's looking to make that list one day: Digital Ocean.
Unsatisfied with the rate of cloud application development, IBM announced on Monday that it is putting $1 billion behind its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) strategy in hopes of encouraging software makers to build many more apps for the cloud and to migrate existing ones there.
Imagine this in your data center: A swath of compute, networking and storage hardware from a variety of different vendors that are all controlled not individually but by software that overlays the entire operation.
Amazon Web Services is a juggernaut in the infrastructure as a service market, but GoGrid, a midsize IaaS competitor that aims to be the cloud for big data, says it wants to offer an alternative to AWS's platform. And it's hoping to do so through open source databases.
One of the hottest categories of tools to help manage your cloud computing deployment has been optimization and price performance services that recommend how you can more efficiently use cloud resources. Up until now, however, these services have been focused on public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace.
Verizon is denying a charge leveled by a security expert – and seemingly acknowledged by its own customer service department – that it is "limiting bandwidth" to Amazon Web Services, and by extension Netflix, in response to a recent court decision.
Microsoft just appointed its cloud guy to be the company's next CEO. Satya Nadella has impressively grown Microsoft into being one of the relevant members of the cloud computing industry, but industry watchers say there is a lot more the company must do to grow into one of the dominant companies in the market.