Why New IaaS Providers Enter at Their Own Risk

New cloud provider NephoScale announced its presence among IaaS providers earlier this week, touting itself as “an advanced cloud service for serious programmers.” But I’m afraid its message might fall upon deaf ears, as there’s little evidence the world is clamoring for another IaaS cloud. The market is arguably already saturated with choices — from Amazon Web Services to GoGrid to your local web host — and most have been honing their platforms for years. Anyone looking to break into IaaS this late in the game will have to bring a lot more to the table than just VMs.…

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Are IaaS Clouds Becoming Arms Dealers for PaaS Clouds?

When all is said and done, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce.com and others might be battling it out for PaaS (and SaaS) dollars against a whole slew of smaller providers operating within the infrastructural confines of AWS, Rackspace, Terremark and Savvis. PaaS and SaaS providers will need infrastructure to house their services, and large providers have plenty to sell them.…

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How Google Put the Cloud Computing World on Notice

I wrote last week that the time might be right for Amazon Web Services to launch its own platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, if only to preempt any competitive threat from other providers’ increasingly business-friendly PaaS offerings. That stance is firmer than ever now that Google has introduced to the world App Engine for Business, which further advances the PaaS value proposition.…

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Are the Stars Aligning for an Amazon PaaS Offering?

Right now, PaaS is hot and getting hotter, with the consensus being that it eventually will replace IaaS as the preferred cloud model for many developers. It would be wise for AWS to leverage its current IaaS lead and preempt any serious momentum by PaaS providers. If it does so, the cloud-computing discussion will take on an entirely different tenor as PaaS providers scramble to differentiate themselves from AWS in this area, too.…

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Oracle Puts the Kibosh on Sun’s Cloud, and Everybody Hurts

While most of the technology world was watching Steve Jobs launch the iPad, some (unfortunate) others were listening to Oracle executives lay out the roadmap for the newly approved Oracle-Sun Microsystems behemoth. Most of what they learned was what they already knew -- it wasn’t until the following day (Thursday) that we finally learned Oracle will not be pursuing Sun’s once-much-anticipated public cloud platform. This decision might prove shortsighted on Oracle’s behalf, and it certainly is a setback to cloud openness and interoperability.…

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Spot Instances Won’t Commoditize the Cloud, and That’s OK

Amazon Web Services’ new Spot Instances pricing model has created quite a buzz among commentators wondering what it means for the future of cloud computing. Some suggest it signals the advent of a commodity market for cloud resources, where CPU prices always are fluctuating based on what buyers are willing to pay. Indeed, it probably is the first step toward major innovations in CPU-buying – perhaps well beyond simple spot pricing – but it’s difficult to see significant change coming anytime soon.…

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