8 Cloud Companies to Watch in 2011

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2010 was a big year for cloud computing and infrastructure, in general, but if there’s one fundamental truth in this market, it’s that it doesn’t sit still for long. The same goes for the companies involved in it; they’re constantly making moves (some small, some big) that ultimately could result in major market transformations.

In the case of the following companies (and one open-source project), I think that although they made lots of headlines in the past year, the true effects of their actions won’t be realized until later this year. In some cases, that’s because new offerings aren’t yet available; in others it’s simply because we don’t know what they’ll do. But either way, it’s a safe bet that the seeds they’ve sown will have some profound consequences.

Here’s the list, with a few links apiece to provide context. For the full analysis on what they did and why it was so notable, read the full post here (subscription required):

1. Calxeda

2. Cisco

3. CouchOne

4. Joyent

5. OpenStack

6. Red Hat

7. Salesforce.com

8. Twitter

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Nate Odell

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