Discussion on the state of cloud computing and open source software that helps build, manage, and deliver everything-as-a-service.
Cloud.com turns one today!
This month cloud.com celebrates its first birthday since we came out of stealth mode last year; and we have a lot to be excited about these days.
It’s hard to believe how far we have come. Will, Alex, Shannon, Chiradeep and I started VMops (now cloud.com) back in 2008 and launched our first product in 2010. We were 5 guys who had an idea and we believed that the product we were building could take the complexity and high costs out of deploying cloud services.
Since then, we’ve enabled over 50 large-scale production clouds across all industries (Cloud.com powers KT Ucloud: 60% cheaper than AWS). We’ve employed close to 70 “cloudies” across the United States, India, and Japan. We continue to innovate, releasing the newest version of our CloudStack platform back in March. And, critical to our momentum, have added a good handful of partners to our Cloud ecosystem.
Back then cloud computing was still an experiment performed by industry pioneers like Amazon and Rackspace. Companies who were attracted to this notion of cloud computing were mostly service providers who were interested in launching their public clouds as part of their go-to-market strategy. Today, as I talk to our partners, customers, I am seeing more demands not only for private clouds but for public clouds as well.
I cannot think of another paradigm shift that happened as quickly as cloud computing. I cannot think of another market that developed as quickly as cloud computing.What do all these developments mean to our industry? How does Cloud.com respond to these changes? It is no longer rocket science to merely launch and operate a cloud. After all, Amazon EC2 has been in operation for close to 5 years. Rackspace cloud has been running for 3 years. Cloud.com customers have been successfully operating their services for 2 years. The challenge today is not to build or operate a cloud, but to run a successful business on the cloud. Cloud.com is working with early innovators as well as mainstream market makers to build the best cloud infrastructure, and more importantly to develop the necessary higher-level software to make the cloud business asuccess. I’m excited to think where we’ll be in one year from now and to our customers. I would like to take this time to thank our customers, growing open source community and partners who have supported us through the first year.
Thank you for an incredible year and your continued support.