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Rackspace a Top Cloud Provider – InfiBase did the research

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When pioneering new and useful technologies like cloud computing, you become the topic of interest for industry analysts, technology enthusiasts, and then quickly mainstream media. Cloud computing is the new way of doing computing (just ask Nicholas Carr or check out his book, The Big Switch).  The market now wants to understand the level of adoption, who is leading, what the market dynamics are, etc. This is something InfiBase recently did an excellent research study on.

InfiBase was being asked, and even asked themselves – How many organizations were actually taking advantage of cloud computing, and who is leading the pack? The answer didn’t exist yet, so they took it upon themselves to analyze the top 500,000 ranked sites listed from QuantCast’s top site index and ran them through their scanning tools to build an index of the websites – tracking the following 5 cloud providers: The Rackspace Cloud, Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, Joyent and GoGrid. Guy Rosen, from Infibase, documents their findings and here is a snapshot of the results:

It’s clear, based on this study, that Rackspace and Amazon EC2 are dominating the infrastructure cloud arena (this study does not include our other flag ship product, Cloud Sites which hosts another 130,000+ applications – it was excluded as it is considered a Platform as a Service cloud.) This analysis has also sparked a discussion and we are seeing that many still have different perspectives on what cloud computing really is.

Guy Rosen goes on to say:

“The cloud is a vague term with definitions aplenty, but what’s clear is that there is no one cloud. SaaS (e.g., Salesforce) to PaaS (e.g., Google AppEngine or Rackspace Cloud Sites) to IaaS (e.g., Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud Servers) are each a category in their own right.”

To highlight the thirst for credible data, and meaningful discussions on Cloud, this discussion got picked up the next morning by a very credible publication, Data Center Knowledge:  http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/08/03/amazon-rackspace-are-top-cloud-hosts/

The discussion highlights one key difference between the approaches of Cloud Computing providers.  Amazon EC2 and Google App Engine took their already existing IT infrastructure and are now re-purposing it, and selling it as a service –you have to buy it the way they do it and designed it internally.  Our approach is different, we have designed our Cloud to be more like what people are used to using in traditional hosting and computing, thus making it easier to adopt, and easier to use. This is highlighted by our features that are consistent with the traditional way of doing computing like persistent storage on Cloud Servers, clean IPs,  etc…

We looked forward to seeing more discussions around this topic.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Angela Bartels.

Angela runs integrated marketing campaigns for Rackspace. She started at Rackspace in 2003 and has done everything from Linux support, account management, sales, product marketing and now lives in marketing. She left Rackspace in 2005 to work for PEER 1 Hosting but returned in 2009 because she was interested in the cloud computing movement (and has always been a Racker at heart). Angela is a strong believer in the power of storytelling.


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