was one of the first to sell cloud computing as a service. Smaller than
competitors, but its expertise in this area could give the retailer a
leg up in the next-generation of Web services from retail to media.
Amazon Web Services,
a half-dozen services including the Elastic Compute Cloud, for
computing capacity, and the Simple Storage Service, for on-demand
Amazon is one of the true innovators in
Web-based computing, offering pay-as-you-go access to virtual servers
and data storage space. In addition to these core offerings, Amazon
offers the SimpleDB (a database Web service); the CloudFront (a Web
service for content delivery); and the Simple Queue Service (a hosted
service for storing messages as they travel between computers). By
launching the Elastic Compute Cloud in 2006, well before most of its competitors, Amazon has become almost synonymous with "cloud computing."
Elastic Computing Platform (ECP)
is software that integrates enterprise data centers with commercial
cloud computing offerings, letting IT pros manage and govern both
internal and external resources from a single console, while making it
easy to move virtual machines from one data center to another.
Unlike the other nine other companies on this list, Enomaly doesn't
offer services of its own over the Web. But its software could prove
crucial as enterprises grapple with the problem of managing a wide
array of computing resources that live both inside and outside the
firewall. Intel has recognized Enomaly's promise,helping to finance the
company's product development, which focuses heavily on managing the
various hypervisors used both within enterprises and by cloud providers.
platform offers Web-based storage and the ability to quickly deploy
Windows- and Linux-based virtual servers onto the cloud, with
preinstalled software including Apache, PHP, Microsoft SQL and MySQL.
one of Amazon's chief competitors in the cloud storage and compute
markets, distinguishes itself from Amazon in a couple ways. GoGrid
offers Windows Server 2008 instances (Amazon offers only Windows Server
2003) and 100% up-time service-level agreements (Amazon offers 99.95%
for compute and 99.9% for storage).