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Tyranny of Choice in the Cloud


There are now so many options when deploying to the cloud, enterprises are being faced with a Tyranny of Choice.  

They can get an IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) solution from:

Or they can roll their own IaaS by starting with:

If they require services over and above basic IaaS, they can get a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) solution from:

And now Red Hat with their JBoss-based PaaS solution for cloud computing.  Underlying this solution is an Apache-licensed open source package called Deltacloud, which intends to abstract cloud provider API's to increase solution portability.  (The cloud is built on open source, you know.)

But Deltacloud is not the only cross-cloud enabler out there.  Not by a long shot.  There's also:

That's a lot of options to get the basics up and running.  What if I want monitoring, security, disaster recovering, or other sprinkles on top?  Don't worry, there are lots of choices:

  • AppDynamics - cloud monitoring console, performance stats
  • BitNami - software packages, multi-cloud deployment
  • Cloudkick - tagging, monitoring, multiple clouds, web terminal
  • Cloudscaling - services around building private clouds
  • CloudStatus - tracks Amazon EC2 and Google App Engine for outages, performance
  • CloudSwitch - migrating enterprise apps to the cloud, VMware-based
  • enStratus - management, governance
  • InMage - cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solutions
  • New Relic - cloud monitoring console, performance stats 
  • RightScale - auto-scale, management, deployment
  • rPath - packaging, deployment, updates
  • Scalr - auto-scale Amazon EC2, database backup & replication, monitoring, stats
  • Standing Cloud - software packages, multi-cloud deployment
  • Ylastic - Amazon and Eucalyptus monitoring

Wow.  With all those implementations, it would be great if there were industry standards to rely on so interoperability and portability were realistic goals.  Or maybe at least some cross-vendor groups focused on working together, even though some people think it's way too early for cloud standards.  No problem:


There are now so many choices in all these areas that paralysis may set in.  Inevitably, consolidation and fall out will take place over the next few years, but anybody who wants to jump in today will need to navigate some fairly murky (cloudy?) waters.

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