Appirio Cloud Computing Map Aims to Clarify Ecosystem

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-16 Print this article Print

A free-to-use online map hosted by Appirio breaks out 70 different layers of technology across applications, platforms and infrastructure, and presents it in grid form. For example, in the application sector, it spotlights market leaders such as, Google Apps, and IBM and lays out the features offered by each.

In an effort to define and clarify different levels of services from a growing list of providers, systems integrator Appirio on Nov. 16 launched what it describes as the first "interactive ecosystem map" of the burgeoning cloud computing market.

This online map, which can be viewed here, is intended to help enterprise IT managers understand the new possibilities offered in the area of cloud systems by means of a standard taxonomy and definitions.

Standards in cloud computing are being researched at various technical organizations, but most analysts agree that it will be at least a few years before a workable set of standards will be in place for general use.

The free-to-use map breaks out 70 different layers of technology across applications, platforms and infrastructure, and presents it in grid form. For example, in the application sector it spotlights market leaders such as, Google Apps, and IBM, and clearly lays out all the features offered-or not offered-by each.

The map also distinguishes between cloud offerings that are available on-premises versus hosted single tenant, and on-premises versus multitenant. It also illustrates which elements are available directly, bundled or provided by a partner.

The offerings of leading vendors are highlighted across the stack, as are point solutions from newer and relatively unknown vendors. Links are provided within the map, enabling users to look deeper into each offering.

"The cloud ecosystem is evolving so quickly that it's difficult for most enterprises to keep up," Ryan Nichols, Appirio's director of cloudsourcing and cloud strategy, told eWEEK. "We created the ecosystem map to track this evolution ourselves, and have decided to publish it to help others assess the 'lay of the land.'"

The map was created in collaboration with [cloud expert] Troy Angrignon, co-chair of the 13th Under the Radar conference, Nichols told eWEEK.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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