This continues a long line of cloud providers that offer offline syncing services, for the very same reason. This does not detract from the value of the service, and makes consistent use possible.
There is, indeed, a market for the Eucalyptus technology. I suspect that AWS will keep them at arm’s length, but leverage them when it serves their purposes. Support for native AWS applications is more proof that they are willing to go the extra mile to maintain compatibility, and that goes directly to the value of the technology.
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What CSA does is rather noble. However, I suspect that SMB still won’t pay much attention to cloud security, or security in general. They simply don’t have the budgets to hire the talent required, or to purchase the right technology.
The best guess about Pivotal right now is that they provide some good technology in an already crowded market, and they’ll have a huge amount of trouble finding the right message to sell it against the existing players. While there will be some penetration into enterprises, specifically, those that already leverage VMware and EMC, which is pretty much everybody, the value that this technology brings in terms of game changing innovation likely won’t be there.
To call Ariba a cloud provider is a bit of a stretch, if you ask me. However, cloud computing is so broadly and vaguely defined that you can pretty much position anything as a cloud these days.
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So, is OpenStack a safe bet? As this standard and the resulting distributions mature, I suspect that it will become a family of strong cloud computing technologies. While interoperability and compatibility will continue to be a struggle, and there is bound to be some infighting among the OpenStack loyalists, this one may have some longer legs than many of the “open standards” we’ve dealt with in the past.
The issues around cloud computing adoption by small businesses include a lack of understanding of cloud technology, and which cloud computing flavors (IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS) are right for them. However, many small business now support cloud-only IT shops. As these businesses grow, they could end up with an advantage over the larger players that are still bound to traditional IT approaches and technologies.
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