2010 Best of Interop Grand Prize Winner for its 7500 Series switch.
No matter how disruptive cloud computing ends up being, the fact remains that it still relies on plenty of traditional hardware like servers, load balancers and switches. Aristas 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches are designed for large datacenter and computing environments.
Arista switches leverage Aristas Extensible Operating System (EOS), a software layer based on a multi-process state sharing architecture that completely separates networking state from the processing itself. The result is automatic fault recovery and the ability to apply incremental software updates that dont affect the state of the system.
Why they could be on top in years to come? Arista has a head start on cloud switching. The 7500 switch delivers ultra low latency (in the sub microsecond range), scales from 1000-10000 nodes (which was previously not possible at 10Gbe speeds) and requires one-tenth the power of similar switches.
Whether the trend du jour is cloud computing, ultra high-performance supercomputing or green tech, Arista looks to be well positioned.
Key executive: Jayshree Ullal, president and CEO, was formerly SVP at Cisco.
Customers: BBC, Voxel, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Northwestern University.
Predictably, the company also has a burgeoning cloud-related product portfolio. Positioned in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud niche, Savvis platform allows customers to have either a dedicated cloud computing environment or add fractional computing resources as needed.
Why they could be on top in years to come? Savvis makes it easy for customers to get their toes wet with cloud computing. From a SaaS-enablement service that includes an app ecosystem to a VMware-based utility platform and on to traditional cloud hosting and cloud-based services, Savvis portfolio makes it easy for customers to expand their cloud commitments incrementally.
The company also has a strong presence in the financial sector, scoring customer wins with the likes of Financial Trading Edge, Xignite and several undisclosed leading international financial and investment firms.
Key executive: Phil Koen, CEO, previously served as President and CEO of Equinix.
Customers: Easy Jet, Hallmark, Experian, Trane, Universal Music Group.
Enomalys ECP is based on two principles oversubscription and quality-of-service quota management. Together, these enable Enomaly to deliver powerful capacity administration.
Enomalys ECP quota system provides a predetermined level of deviation across a specified resource pool of customers. Service providers can oversubscribe their environments allowing for a variety of pricing and costing schemes to be implemented using a model that incorporates usage tiers, QoS tiers, and the ability to provision additional resources dynamically as desired.
Why they could be on top in years to come? Enomaly has been aggressively rolling out features that help differentiate it from potential competitors. For instance, the company recently released the High Assurance Edition of the ECP platform, which adds a unique set of security capabilities to the platform. Together with the existing failover as a service features, the company argues that High Assurance helps address the security concerns that keep many organizations on the cloud sidelines.
Upcoming versions of ECP will enable multi-data center and capacity broker capabilities (Cloud Brokers), as well as granular reseller capabilities targeting private label reseller clouds.
Enomalys partnership with Ericom delivers a Cloud Desktop platform for managed service providers. Enterprises can use this platform to quickly add virtual desktops, add or remove desktop capacity on-the-fly, and realize VDIs benefits without building out a complex infrastructure.
Finally, the company recently inked a partnership with HP and Intel to deliver an end-to-end cloud platform for service providers.
Key executive: Reuven Cohen, CTO and founder, has founded several other cloud-related organizations, including CloudCamp, The Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum and The Unified Cloud Interface Project.
Customers: Orange, France Télécom, The Bank of China, Abacus Data Exchange, Best Buy.
That said, even if ParaScale bites the dust, its possible that another cloud vendor will snatch up this technology and showcase it in their cloud portfolio. As opposed to most of the other vendors calling themselves cloud storage providers, ParaScale does not provide a hosted storage service. Rather, their cloud storage solution is targeted to enterprises, which can then use that technology to create their own public or private clouds.
The software runs in user space on any commodity server running standard Linux and forms a highly scalable, self-managing storage cloud, with massive capacity and parallel throughput.
Why they could be on top in years to come? Its a long-shot now that they will be at least on their own. However, plenty of tech advances have been built on top of previous failures. Could ParaScale be a good acquisition target for Cisco, Citrix or even EMC? Key executive: Cameron Bahar, founder and CTO, previously led design, deployment, and operation of Scale8s distributed Internet storage service.
Customers: Carpathia Hosting, Stanford Genome Project.
One of the ways around the issues of security and control that make some businesses wary of cloud computing is to build a private cloud -- one that remains within the corporate firewall and is wholly controlled internally. Private clouds also increase the agility of IT an organization's IT infrastructure and make it easier to roll out new technology projects. Download this eBook to get the facts behind the private cloud and learn how your organization can get started.