Forrester Research projected that by 2020, the cloud computing business will be worth $241 billion dollars! Both SaaS and cloud computing platforms have promised to cut the costs by doing away with the huge software licenses.
There are at least 25 cloud vendors who are brawling for the big chunk of the market share, that SaaS and the cloud has created, and which continues to grow tremendously. Among the core foundations of cloud computing includes Dell, HP and IBM, and now the new giant competitors include Google, NetSuite and Workday; they are all ready to seize the market by storm.
Here is a list of the cloud vendors everyone need to know because they are the ones making the most noise in the market today.
Amazon was among the firsts to offer cloud computing from their cover infrastructure with Elastic Compute Cloud and their Simple Storage Service, which set up the standard in cloud computing.
AT&T prides itself with a $1 billion dollar investment in cloud computing to make them ready to battle against all other conventional telephone companies, carriers and cable providers. Through its Synaptic umbrella, AT&T offers cloud data storage and compute services.
CA continues with its strategic acquisition moves with their over $1 billion budget into the cloud infrastructure. They are continuing building their portfolio to allow the MSP’s to be popular among its customer’s cloud-based platform.
With its Unified Computing System in place, they are ready to make huge steps in the virtualization platform by setting up the stage for the cloud.
Its showcase of cloud products include Open cloud, NetScaler Cloud and now the “personal cloud,” which makes them one of the foundations for cloud computing.
Dell’s recent huge-dollar acquisition of Boomi signals their presence in the cloud game; they have also made everyone notice their presence in both the private and public cloud.
EMC’s partnerships with Cisco and VMWare played a major role in making their major dive in their virtualization applications, to move their clients to the cloud.
GoGrid’s Partner Exchange Platform allows ISVs and cloud developers to monetize their applications. GoGrid offers their customers a secure and scalable platform where they can easily move and manage their applications and work projects.
First it was just the Docs and Gmail, but now Google is out to prove they are ready to make a massive move to capture the cloud market. With productivity applications to virtualization platforms, Google Apps and Google App Engine, they are ready for the cloud battle.
HP has positioned itself in both the private and the public cloud; they are readying their public cloud plays and apps marketplace to give them the leverage they need.
IBM is very positive on their double revenue before the end of the last quarter of 2011. This is as their financial renting platform options for partners are being deployed for production business environments that are cloud-based.
Intacct stands for Internet and Accounting; two important features that will be used by most business cloud platforms. They are the same company that pioneered SaaS for both small and medium sized businesses, to give them an efficient cloud-based accounting system.
Intuit’s Turbo Tax software has been very popular in almost all household in the United States. And now, their new offerings: Quicken and Quickbooks will invade the business cloud-based financial and tax preparations.
Yoyent’s major product software allows users to easily run their own clouds, plus their SmartDataCenter is equipped to let businesses have their own public clouds and manage their data storage as well.
Microsoft is also out for the battle with its new product, Windows Azure platform. And they are now ready to host other cloud players while giving way to their new Office 365.
NetSuite is particularly competing with Salesforce.com in offering cloud software that is tied to financial and accounting data. Their advantage compared with the big players is they can afford to give other incentives to consumers and users.
OpSourse’s major offerings include the cloud and managed hosting solutions for all types of businesses without the cost reaching sky high. Other than these service they also do, adds application, performance monitoring and management and application optimization.
The driving force behind OpenStack is also the one who changed the game plan in virtualization with its CloudServers and CloudFiles Storage play.
Salesforce’s CRM portfolio continues to be the major player for service and sales oriented businesses. And now they are adding more features such as the social capabilities in their subscription-based cloud model.
Savvis is now with CenturyLink, which officially upgraded them to an IT services provider. They are now offering hosting, cloud, co-allocation and connectivity through its scalable and reliable data centers.
Symantec’s solid cloud offerings are their cloud security and storage; it is their best offering because it eliminates the burden of maintaining data storage on a hardware instead they are placed in a cloud-based endpoint platform. Web computing, email and messaging can now be done on a single scalable platform.
Their showcase products include vCloud Datacententer, vCloud Express and Enterprise Cloud infrastructure, which are now part of Verizon.
Verizon remains to be one of the leaders in cloud computing as they envisioned almost all products as-a-service. With its recent acquisition of Terremark, it has further strengthened its product offerings that include computing-as-a-service, cloud security and many other new product offerings.
VMWare was the one that got cloud computing and virtualization rolling. It made a big wave with its first product offerings and now continues to storm the cloud with its new vCloud Director. They have also, recently launched yet another big hit, the PaaS Cloud Foundry and calculated cloud partnerships.
Part of its on-demand products include the global HR, payroll and financial computing software. And now they have upgraded their business services as a SaaS alternative, such as the Workday bills.