Cloud 100: The Top 100 Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2011
There are a lot of cloud computing vendors out there. A lot. Sifting through the who's who can be torture for solution providers and their customers as they look to leverage the cloud.
Whether the end result is to cut costs, boost agility, ease operational and maintenance headaches or to future proof the business, cloud computing is the next great IT delivery frontier.
Here, we've collected the Top 100 Cloud Computing Vendors for 2011. The vendors here are some of the coolest and most innovative in the channel and in the cloud market today. This list, which comprises five segments: cloud platforms, infrastructure, security, storage and software and apps, was culled from a team of CRN editors and through solution provider nominations.
Each of the Top 100 Cloud Computing Vendors for 2011 does cloud a little differently and all put their personal stamp on it.
Dive in and take a look. There's a lot here to digest, but it will be well worth it as the cloud takes hold and solution providers and their customers are charged with honing and refining their cloud computing plans.
When it comes to the cloud, the true value emerges from software and applications, whether it's productivity apps or software that enables the creation of hybrid clouds. From cloud pioneers like Salesforce.com to cloud testers like SOASTA, these top cloud software and cloud application vendors have got the tools to leverage the most value out of the cloud.
The cloud was made for storage and it provides ample opportunities for solution providers offering Storage-as-a-Service. But solution providers need to ensure that they're trusting their data to the right cloud storage vendor. These vendors do cloud storage, and do it well across a variety of areas, including backup, business continuity and disaster recovery.
The cloud platform is the enabler of the cloud application and the foundation of the cloud infrastructure. The platform allows developers to quickly and efficiently build and deploy their apps to the cloud. Each of the top cloud platform vendors does that in one way or another while carving out their own niche in the cloud computing platform game.
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Are you still nervous about migrating to the cloud? Cloud security is one of the biggest deterrents to cloud adoption with many companies worried about who will have access to their data and how it will be protected once it's in flight. But you can rest assured that these cloud security vendors have a variety of tools to keep cloud data protected, from managed suites of security services to Web filtering devices.
Amazon Web Services got the cloud infrastructure ball rolling and in just a few years the cloud infrastructure market has become a crowded place. While everyone does the infrastructure component a bit differently, the top cloud infrastructure vendors are changing the infrastructure-as-a-service game by helping customers cut costs and lower management overhead with their cloud services.
Whether you're looking to cut costs, increase agility or ease operational and maintenance headaches, cloud computing is the next great IT delivery frontier. Keep tabs on the top vendors across the cloud landscape, including cloud platforms, cloud infrastructure, cloud security, cloud storage and cloud software and apps.