Niche Player: GoGrid
GoGrid is a small cloud provider with data centers in the Netherlands and the U.S. Its Xen-based VMs are focused on cloud developers and are available as multitenant and single-tenant options.
Strengths: Despite its small size, GoGrid has a common architecture spanning its public and private portfolio. Gartner also praised its "broad and aggressive SLAs" that feature 100 percent availability across servers, storage and networking. ISVs like GoGrid because they can license and package their software to run on its cloud with a minimum of fuss.
Cautions: GoGrid develops all of its software in-house and has its own API. This approach has its benefits but also could make it tough for it to compete with bigger players with deeper pockets in the long term, Gartner said. Its feature set for enterprises also is somewhat lacking, Gartner said.