Cloud Computing Leaders: Ten to Watch: Page 3

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7. Arista Networks

Why they’re a leader today? The biggest feather in Arista’s hat of late is being named 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. Arista’s 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches are designed for “large datacenter and computing environments.”

Arista switches leverage Arista’s 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 don’t 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.

8. Savvis

Why they’re a leader today? Like many other cloud providers, Savvis built its reputation as a hosting provider. In 2002, when Intel decided to exit the hosting business, Savvis was selected by Intel to provide hosting and network services to their clients. Two years later Savvis acquired the assets of Cable & Wireless USA, which included 3,000 enterprise customers, 15 data centers and a Tier 1 backbone. Savvis now has over 2,000 employees and 28 data centers.

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.

9. Enomaly

Why they’re a leader today? Enomaly is one of the first companies to position itself as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider. Their Elastic Computing Platform (ECP) is intended to help organization’s “deliver Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to their customers and internal users to seamlessly bridge computing tasks between their datacenters and public cloud providers.”

Enomaly’s ECP is based on two principles – oversubscription and quality-of-service quota management. Together, these enable Enomaly to deliver “powerful capacity administration.”

Enomaly’s 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.”

Enomaly’s 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 VDI’s 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.

10. ParaScale

Why they’re a leader today? I probably shouldn’t have put ParaScale on this list, but what good is a tech trend without some risk? ParaScale is going through internal upheavals and has failed to raise a Series B round of funding – this according to an undisclosed source affiliated with the company and backed by other recent published reports (see here.)

That said, even if ParaScale bites the dust, it’s 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? It’s 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 Scale8’s distributed Internet storage service.

Customers: Carpathia Hosting, Stanford Genome Project.

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