The Top 20 Cloud Platform Vendors Of 201110:00 AM EST Mon. Mar. 28, 2011
If not for the platform, there would be no apps, and no need for cloud infrastructure. There are many cloud platforms to choose from, all of which in one way or another help developers build and deploy their applications to the cloud. The cloud platform is the "shake" to the cloud infrastructure’s "bake." The goal is to be able to quickly and efficiently design and deploy applications, and have them function reliably. Think of the platform as the enabler of cloud applications.
Each of these 20 cloud platform vendors does that in one way, shape or form. And each has carved its own niche to be among the coolest players in the cloud computing platform game.
Also, keep an eye out for the top 20 cloud infrastructure, software and apps, storage and security vendors.
Not a platform in the traditional sense, Amazon’s AWS Elastic Beanstalk changes how developers push their apps into Amazon’s cloud. Developers upload the app and Elastic Beanstalk handles the deployment details, capacity provisioning, load balancing,
auto-scaling and app health monitoring.
Appistry’s CloudIQ platform helps developers deliver scalable, reliable and easy-to-manage apps on private, public and hybrid clouds. Appistry hangs its hat on reducing app delivery time by 60
percent, increasing management efficiency by 20 times and cutting
costs by 80 percent.
AppScale offers an open-source cloud computing platform for Google App Engine applications. The platform gives developers
the power to deploy and monitor their App Engine apps in an open-source environment while providing mechanisms to debug
and profile applications as needed.
The fruit of CA’s acquisition of 3Tera, CA AppLogic is a turnkey
application-centric cloud platform targeted at MSPs that lets users turn an application and the infrastructure supporting it into a single manageable object called a virtual business service.
Engine Yard has raised $37.5 million in funding, which has helped it build Engine Yard AppCloud, a Rails Application Cloud for cloud developers. Engine Yard’s platform offers simple, automated Rails deployment and management that makes for easy app migration.
Flexiant’s public cloud platform, FlexiScale, has made the company
one of Europe’s premier cloud players and an up-and-comer in the U.S. The platform is aimed at SMEs and startups looking to offer streaming video, social networking, IPTV, VoIP or SaaS.
Force.com, Salesforce. com’s Platform-as-a-Service arm, has set the standard for developing multitenant cloud applications. Through Force.com, Salesforce opened up its infrastructure so
everyone can use it for custom app development and build business apps that run on Salesforce’s servers.
The gCloud3 gPlatform gives SMBs private cloud and a swift ROI by enabling them to deploy virtual desktops and servers at a fraction of the cost of their physical counterparts. gCloud3
promises “zero to production with high availability” in hours.
GigaSpaces grew from its application server and scalability roots to
a PaaS player with its cloud-enablement platform, which enables end-to-end scaling for distributed, mission-critical app environments. PaaS enablement, coupled with SaaS enablement, gives GigaSpaces an edge enabling clouds.
Gizmox’s Visual WebGui has become a go-to platform for developers looking to build cloud and mobile applications.
Visual WebGui is .Net open-source Ajax-powered and lets developers build, migrate, run and manage apps for the cloud or for mobile devices.
Google has made a name for itself with its Google Apps suite of
business and consumer cloud applications and its Google App Engine, the developer platform that lets users build and host
Web apps in the cloud in an effortless fashion.
GridGain’s open-source cloud application platform helps developers build scalable applications that can work natively on managed infrastructure, from a Google Android device
to large grids and clouds. The software supports major OSes and provides native support for Java and Scala.
LongJump makes software that powers PaaS and gives enterprises and ISVs the ability to design, develop, deploy and distribute SaaS and Web-based apps. A catalog of ready-to-use, customizable business apps helps companies quickly and
efficiently develop and deliver data-driven apps.
Microsoft’s cloud platform, Windows Azure, is a little more than a year old and is still gathering momentum. Azure has blossomed into more than just a development play—it’s a full-fledged
cloud services operating system that also offers service hosting and service management.
OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform launched by Rackspace
and NASA, has revolutionized the cloud computing game. Users and providers can leverage the platform to launch their own cloud services using code culled from a community of contributors.
Want fast and easy app development? Look to OrangeScape. Its PaaS play enables developers to build out solutions quickly and easily using a model-driven visual development environment
for business applications that can be deployed as SaaS or on-premise.
OS33 doesn’t restrict itself to the cloud. Instead, it offers an all-out
cloud IT delivery automation platform. The company targets MSPs and gives them a single interface to provision servers, publish applications and select from a catalog of preintegrated software.
OutSystems’ Agile Platform seeks to cut the time for developers
to create and change custom enterprise Web apps. The company
claims Web apps can be developed nearly 11 times faster and be
changed in days with one-click deploy and roll-back.
With its automated Cloud Management Platform, RightScale
looks to deliver scalable, affordable and powerful on-demand capabilities of the cloud that also gives IT shops control
and transparency in their cloud environments. The platform comes in a host of flavors.
ThinkGrid tackles pretty much every facet of the cloud, but it’s its service oriented cloud platform that takes the cake. The
platform gives partners and customers the keys to design, build and launch business services that solve specific problems
while executing tasks like billing and managing in the same interface.