When CRN first introduced its annual 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors list in 2010, the space was still ripe, rapidly evolving from an industry buzzword to a legitimate means for solution providers to enable customers to eliminate the overhead and capital expenditures that come with on-premise hardware. In 2014, the fourth year of the Cloud 100, "the cloud" is now mainstream and the shift from a traditional on-premise solution provider model to a cloud-based services model is not just a trend, but in many cases a crucial move for survival.
The Cloud 100 list aims to help solution providers navigate the growing cloud marketplace and identify the best solutions to support the IT channel.
Here we present the 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2014, honoring the best of the best in cloud computing in five categories: infrastructure, platforms, security, storage and software.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors
AWS is still the IaaS market king, but AWS also faces increased competition from rivals including large telco companies to smaller, but stealthier, IaaS startups. Here's a look at the coolest cloud infrastructure vendors to make this year's CRN Cloud 100 list.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Platforms And Development Vendors
The time is now for fast growth and big ROI in the cloud platform and development space. Here are the coolest cloud platform and development vendors on this year's Cloud 100 list.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors
Data is piling up and storage vendors new and old are offering more options for businesses to store more of that data in the cloud. We take a look at the 20 coolest cloud storage companies that made this year's Cloud 100 list.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Software Vendors
Fifteen years after Salesforce.com introduced its cloud CRM apps, cloud computing is quickly becoming the de facto method for delivery applications to users. Here are the coolest cloud software vendors on this year's Cloud 100 list.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors
Worried moving to the cloud might make you more vulnerable? Here are 20 cloud security companies that made this year's Cloud 100 list.