Discussion on the state of cloud computing and open source software that helps build, manage, and deliver everything-as-a-service.
The Road to Private Clouds will be through the Public Cloud
The past week marks a significant milestone in our industry. Cloud service provider Rackspace Hosting (RAX) market capitalization exceeded $5B. This represents financial market’s recognition of Rackspace as a leader in cloud computing. At Cloud.com we are...
The past week marks a significant milestone in our industry. Cloud service provider Rackspace Hosting (RAX) market capitalization exceeded $5B. This represents financial market’s recognition of Rackspace as a leader in cloud computing. At Cloud.com we are excited to see the spotlight on managed service providers as they lead the industry-wide transition to cloud computing.
I started Cloud.com to develop software that enables our customers to launch cloud services. From the beginning we believed we could build the same software for both managed service providers and enterprises. We chose to focus on managed service providers early on largely inspired by Rackspace: I vividly remember a conversation with a Rackspace architect in 2008 where he explained some of the pioneering work his team was doing at that time to build Mosso, the predecessor to Rackspace Cloud. I realized if Rackspace was willing to undertake that level of internal development effort, the rest of the industry could certainly benefit from turn-key software built by Cloud.com.
Interestingly, our early success in helping managed service providers to build public clouds turned out to be hugely beneficial as enterprise customers started to use our software to build on-premise private clouds. Even though cloud service providers such as Amazon, Rackspace, Terremark, and NaviSite took the lead, enterprises found they could deploy the exact same model on premise, and in fact they could use exactly the same software packages like Cloud.com CloudStack to make it happen. Making managed service providers successful is the best path into the on-premise enterprise data center.
Although we are still at the early stages of industry-wide transition to cloud computing, cloud computing is happening, and I am more confident than ever when cloud computing gains wide-spread adoption, it will be the biggest opportunity yet in computing industry. It’s only mid-February. I can’t wait to experience what the rest of 2011 will bring.