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Top Cloud Computing Enablers Gaining Mind Share in 3Q 2011

Top Cloud Computing Enablers Gaining Mind Share in 3Q 2011

Are you wondering who is gaining mind share in the 3rd quarter of 2011?  Well wonder no more. Lets take a look at the Top Cloud Enablers Gaining Mind Share, and The Leaderboard (Up and Coming Cloud Innovators, Movers and Shakers). As you know, Cloud computing has gone mainstream, and large enterprise information technology companies must continue their rapid restructuring to an on-demand model enhancing their portfolios largely through acquisitions. So lets see how they’re doing.

Here are the most recent changes this quarter, and a quick look at the 2011 acquisitions (2010 activity can be found here).

2011 Acquisitions:

  • ARM Holdings buys Obsidian (RAVEN)
  • Black Duck Software acquires Olliance (Open Source Strategy Consulting)
  • BMC acquires Aeroprise (Mobile)
  • CA acquires Torokina Networks (Service Assurance Management)
  • CA Technologies buys ITKO (Application Development)
  • CA Technologies buys Watchmouse (SaaS Monitoring)
  • CenturyLink acquires Savvis (Managed Hosting Services)
  • Cisco picks up Pari Networks (Network / Change Management)
  • Cisco acquires Versly (Collaboration)
  • Cisco acquires newScale (Data Center Services)
  • Citrix closes Netviewer acquisition (Software-as-a-Service -SaaS)
  • Citrix acquires (CloudStack)
  • CoreLogic acquires Dorado (Transaction Management – PaaS)
  • CSC acquires AppLabs (Software Testing)
  • CSC acquires Maricom (BI and DM)
  • Dell to acquire InSite One (Healthcare/ Medical Storage, DR)
  • Dell SecureWorks acquisition (Security)
  • Dell acquires Force10 (Networking)
  • Google acquires SayNow (Social Voice Platform)
  • Google acquires Zagat (Content / Reviews)
  • Google buys Motorola Mobility (Mobile)
  • HP Buys Vertica (Real-Time Analytics)
  • HP acquires Autonomy (Information Management Software)
  • Infor Launches Bid For Lawson (Enterprise Resource Planning – ERP)
  • Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems (Ethernet Switch)
  • Intel to acquire Infineon’s Wireless Unit (Mobile)
  • Microsoft acquires Skype (Communications)
  • NetApp acquires Akorri (Infrastructure Optimization)
  • NTT’s Dimension Data buys OpSource (Cloud Managed Services)
  • Qualcomm acquires Atheros (Chips – Smartphones, Tablets)
  • Rackspace acquires Anso Labs (OpenStack)
  • Salesforce buys Heroku (Ruby Development platform)
  • Salesforce buys Radian6 (Real-time monitoring)
  • Salesforce buys DimDim (Communications platform)
  • Salesforce acquires Navajo Systems (Security)
  • Salesforce buys Assistly (Real-time customer service)
  • Skype acquires Qik (Mobile video – Android, iOS, BlackBerry)
  • Sourcefire acquires Immunet (Cloud based anti-malware)
  • Teradata buys Aster Data (Data analytics)
  • Time Warner Cable buys Navisite (Cloud Managed Services)
  • Verizon acquires Terremark (Managed Hosting Services)
  • Verizon acquires CloudSwitch (Cloud Software)
  • VMware acquires Socialcast (Enterprise blogging)
  • VMware acquires PacketMotion (Security)

With that M&A activity as background, here are the rankings for the Top Cloud Enablers Gaining Mind Share in 3Q 2011. As customary, the list below is a subjective impression of Cloud Service Providers (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), and Cloud Technology enablers on my cloud computing radar.

  1.  Amazon Web Services(AWS),
    1. Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2),
    2. Simple Storage Service (S3),
    3. Virtual Private Cloud (VPC),
    4. Elastic Beanstalk,
    5. Elastic Block Store (EBS),
    6. CloudFront,
    7. Cloud Formation,
    8. CloudWatch
  2.  Google Apps (Web based business applications suite)
  3.* [Salesforce blog post], Navajo Systems
    1. Sales Cloud 2 (CRM),
    2. Service Cloud 2 (Support),
    3. (Development Platform),
    4. Chatter (Collaboration),
    5. Heroku,
    7. Jigsaw,
    8. RemedyForce,
    9. AppExchange
  4.  VMWare(Virtualization management)
    1. vCloud Director,
    2. vCenter,
    3. vSphere
    4. Hyperic (Open Source Networking Software)
  5.  Citrix – XenServer (Virtualization), VMLogix,
  6.  Dell – Boomi (AtomSphere – Cloud Integration)* [Dell blog post]
  7.  IBM Smart Business, Cloudburst
  8.  Microsoft Azure, Hyper-V* [Microsoft blog post]
  9. HP – 3PAR, Vertica (Data Analytics)
  10. CA Technologies – 3Tera AppLogic, Nimsoft,* [Nimsoft review]
  11. EMC
  12. Intel* [Intel blog posts]
  13. Equinix (Data Center Platform)
  14. Cisco,  newScale (Data center services)
  15. Verizon – Terremark * [Verizon blog post], CloudSwitch
  16. Apple – iCloud
  17. AT&T Synaptic
  18. BMC
  19. CSC Cloud
  20. ARM Holdings
  21. Rackspace – Cloud Builders / OpenStack, CloudKick
  22. NTT’s Dimension Data / OpSource (Enterprise Cloud and managed hosting services)
  23. Fujitsu – Manufacturing “Engineering Cloud”
  24. Abiquo (Enterprise Cloud management)
  25. Time Warner Cable -Navisite (Managed Cloud hosting services)
  26. Eucalyptus (Open source private cloud software)
  27. Rightscale (Cloud management platform)
  28. Joyent (Cloud software for service providers)
  29. GoGrid (Cloud infrastructure solutions – IaaS)
  30. NetSuite (Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning – ERP and financials suite)
  31. SugarCRM (Customer Relationship Management)
  32. Zuora (Cloud based subscription billing and payment solutions)
  33. CohesiveFT (Cloud container virtualization solutions)
  34. Red Hat (Enterprise virtualization / Linux)
  35. rPath (On demand IT systems automation)
  36. SoftLayer (On demand data center and hosting services)
  37. Enomaly – Elastic Compute Platform (ECP) (Cloud service provider platform)
  38. AppZero (Virtual application appliances)
  39. HubSpan (Business Process Integration)
  40. BitNami (Cloud Hosting Service)* [BitNami review]
  41. Kaavo (Infrastructure and middleware on demand)
  42. Adaptive (Data Center automation)
  43. F5 Networks (Cloud Infrastructure and Storage)
  44. Radware (Integrated application delivery solutions)
  45. OpenNebula (Open source cloud computing toolkit, infrastructure as a service)
  46. Appistry (CloudIQ storage management platform)
  47. Appirio – Cloud Connectors (Cloud solution provider)
  48. Jive Software (Social CRM)
  49. LongJump (Platform as a Service provider)
  50. Juniper Networks (Cloud-ready Data Center Infrastructure)
  51. RightNow (Cloud based Social, Web, and Contact Center Platform)
  52. Nimbula (Enterprise Cloud operating system)
  53. Symplified (Security – Unified access management for SaaS)
  54. CenturyLink / Savvis (Cloud infrastructure as a service)
  55. Gigaspaces (Enterprise PaaS and ISV SaaS enablement)
  56. Delphix (Database Virtualization)
  57. Scalr (Dynamic server provisioning)
  58. Puppet Labs (Open Source Data Center Automation)
  59. OpsCode Chef (Data Center Automation)
  60. (Content Management)
  61. Rollbase (Cloud platforms for business applications)
  62. Amplidata (Optimized Object Storage)* [Amplidata review]
  63. Intalio (Private Cloud computing solutions)
  64. Parallels (Virtualization and automation software)
  65. Nasuni (Cloud storage)
  66. mindSHIFT (Cloud Service Provider for SMB)
  67. Egnyte (Hybrid Cloud storage)
  68. CloudShare (IT as a Service)
  69. JumpBox (Open source virtual appliance)
  70. Crosscheck Networks (Service Oriented Architecture – SOA web services)
  71. Caspio (Online database platform)
  72. Netuitive (Predictive analytics platform)* [Netuitive blog post]
  73. Cordys (Cloud MashApp platform)
  74. VirtuStream (Enterprise Cloud Solutions)
  75. Zendesk (Web based Helpdesk software)
  76. (Cloud  hosting and recovery services)
  77. RainStor (Big Data Solutions)
  78. MyERP (Business Applications)
  79. Cloudant (Integrated database, analytics, and search)
  80. Couchbase (NoSQL database)
  81. Practice Fusion (Electronic Health / Medical Records)* [PracticeFusion blog post]
  82. Zoho (Business, Productivity, and Collaboration Applications)
  83. enStratus (Cloud governance)
  84. Engine Yard (Ruby application development platform)
  85. Cloudera (Open source data analysis)
  86. SOASTA (Cloud testing)
  87. Akamai  Cloud (Cloud Performance Optimization)
  88. Mezeo (Cloud storage)
  89. Intacct (Cloud based Financial and Accounting software)
  90. Pano Logic (Virtual Desktops)
  91. Okta (On demand identity and access management)
  92. Astadia (Marketing automation, sales enablement)
  93. Nirvanix (Enterprise Cloud Storage, Storage Delivery Network)
  94. GoodData (Sales and marketing collaborative analytics)
  95. AtTask (Project Management)
  96. Ncomputing (Desktop virtualization)
  97. Noliosoft (Application release automation)
  98. Calxeda (formerly Smooth-Stone)
  99. Riverbed, Zeus Technology (Elastic Application Delivery)
  100. ReliaCloud (Cloud servers and storage)
  101. RingCentral (Cloud based Phone System)
  102. LayeredTech (Cloud hosting and managed services)
  103. CGI (Cloud Services)
  104. Flexiant (Utility computing on demand)
  105. DotCloud (Build and Deploy Cloud Applications)
  106. Twilio (Cloud communications – web services)
  107. Workbooks (Web-based CRM and Business Applications for SMB)

The Leaderboard: Up and Coming Cloud Innovators, Movers & Shakers:

  1.  10Gen (Open source document database)
  2.  37Signals (Collaboration, project and contact management)
  3.  Active Endpoints (Business Process Management)
  4.  Acquia (Social Publishing)
  5.  Adeptol (Cloud Connect)
  6.  Aerohive Networks (Enterprise Management)
  7.  Konica Minolta Business Solutions  All Covered (Business Continuity)
  8.  AppNeta (formerly Apparent Networks – Network Performance Management)
  9.  Apigee (API Management)
  10. Aprimo (Integrated Marketing)
  11. Arjuna (Cloud consulting)
  12. Aria Systems (Subscription Billing Management)
  13. Aryaka (Enterprise Communications & Network Services)
  14. Aspera (Software License Management)
  15. AsperaSoft (File Transfer Software)
  16. Atlantis Computing (Virtual Desktops)
  17. Basic Gov (Software as a Service – SaaS for government)
  18. (Payment and Invoicing)
  19. Birst (On Demand Business Intelligence)
  20. Bitcasa (Secure Data Storage)
  21. BlueLock (Virtual Datacenter)
  22. Bluewolf (Software as a Service – SaaS consulting)
  23. Board Suite Corp (On Demand Governance)
  24. Care Cloud (Healthcare)
  25. Cenzic (Security)
  26. Certain Software (Event Management)
  27. Cotendo (Cloud based Acceleration Services)
  28. Clarizen (Project Management)
  29. Cloud9Analytics (Sales forecasting and pipeline management)
  30. CloudCentral (Cloud servers and hosting)
  31. CloudCruiser (Cloud migration solutions)
  32. Cloud Passage (SaaS security)
  33. CloudSigma (Cloud servers and hosting, Infrastructure as a Service – IaaS)
  34. CloudScale (Real-time analytics)
  35. Cloud Sherpas (Google Apps Reseller)
  36. CloudSoftCorp (Transactional application scaling and distribution)
  37. Cloudworks (Virtual desktop)
  38. Coraid (Cloud Storage)
  39. Corefino (SaaS Accounting)
  40. Coupa (Spend Management)
  41. daptiv (On demand PPM)
  42. Datameer (Data analytics)
  43. Datapipe (Managed Cloud services)
  44. DocuSign (eSignature Platform)
  45. Doxo (Cloud Storage)
  46. Dropbox (File Synchronization)
  47. Elastic Hosts (Elastic Cloud servers)
  48. Electric Cloud (Cloud based private software development)
  49. Embrane (Agile Network)
  50. Eloqua (Cloud Marketing Platform)
  51. ERPLY (Retail POS, Inventory and eCommerce)
  52. eVapt (Billing solutions)
  53. Enki (Virtual IT)
  54. MaaS360 FiberLink (Mobile Device Management as a Service)
  55. FluidInfo (MetaData Engine)
  56. FreshBooks (Invoicing and Billing)
  57. Fusion-IO / IOTurbine (VM I/O Performance Management)
  58. Gladinet (Cloud Desktop Backup and Storage)
  59. Grasshopper (Virtual Phone System for Entrepreneurs)
  60. Green Revolution Cooling (Data Center Cooling)
  61. GreenQloud (Green Public Cloud Compute)
  62. Host Analytics (Corporate Performance Management)
  63. HubSpot (Inbound Marketing)
  64. HyperOffice (Business collaboration software)
  65. iLand (Cloud infrastructure)
  66. Imonggo (SaaS Point of Sale)
  67. In2Clouds (Predictive Analytics)
  68. Integral Networks aka iNet (Managed Cloud)
  69. IntelePeer (Unified Cloud Communications)
  70. Iovation (Fraud and Reputation Management)
  71. iPipeline (Insurance and Financial Services, ePolicy)
  72. Jobvite (Social CRM SaaS Recruiting)
  73. LiveOps (On Demand Contact Center)
  74. Marketo (Sales & Marketing Solutions)
  75. Model Metrics (Cloud computing consulting)
  76. MuDynamics (Application Testing)
  77. Nicira (Network Virtualization)
  78. NetDNA (Content delivery network)
  79. NewRelic (SaaS based App Performance Management)
  80. Nimbus (Cloud client computer)
  81. nPario (Big Data Insights)
  82. Nubifer (Cloud Platform Integration Services)
  83. Nutanix (Cloud Storage Architecture)
  84. Oxygen Cloud (Enterprise Cloud file storage)
  85. Palantir Technologies (Data Analysis and Visualization Platform)
  86. PanTerra Networks (Cloud based Unified Communications)
  87. Paremus (Service fabric)
  88. Peer1 (Private Cloud hosting services)
  89. PerimeterUSA (eSecurity Platform)
  90. PiCloud (Platform as a Service)
  91. PivotLink (Business Intelligence)
  92. PowerAssure (Data Center Power Optimization)
  93. PowerReviews (Social Commerce)
  94. Producteev (Task Management)
  95. Qlikview (Business Intelligence)
  96. Quantivo (Behavioral analytics)
  97. RPost (Legal electronic messaging platform, registered email)
  98. RunMyProcess (Cloud Workflow Management)* [RunMyProcess review]
  99. ServiceMesh (Cloud Governance)* [ServiceMesh review]
  100. SkyTap (Cloud automation solutions for enterprise)
  101. SeaMicro (Low-power server technology)
  102. SendGrid (Cloud based email)
  103. Sentilla (Energy management platform)
  104. Service-now (IT management Software as a Service)
  105. Sonian (Cloud powered email archiving)
  106. StackIQ (formerly Clustercorp – Cluster computing)
  107. SuccessFactors (Analytics, Mobile, Social)
  108. SumTotal Systems (Human Capital Management), Cybershift, Accero
  109. Sungard (Cloud infrastructure services)
  110. SynapSense (Energy Management)
  111. Tableau Software (Data Analytics)
  112. ThinkGrid (Cloud enablement platform)
  113. Unisys (Cloud managed services provider)
  114. Venda (SaaS Commerce)
  115. Veracode (Security as a Service)
  116. Virtual Ark (Application managed services, SaaS)
  117. Workday (Human Resource Management Solutions)
  118. Wyse (Cloud client computer)
  119. Zetta (Cloud storage)

Who’s on your cloud computing radar?

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By Ray DePena

Disclosure: The opinions expressed here are my own. I have no direct stock holdings in any company mentioned. I am a member of the Ulitzer Blog Network serving as Founder and Editor of several Journals, and am not an employee of Ulitzer, SYS-CON, CloudTweaks, Cloudbook, CloudTech, Focus Expert network, or any other website where this blog post may appear.

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