While the big players are busy adapting their skills and cranking up their marketing machines to address the cloud paradigm, small, agile companies are scrambling to provide utilities and services to cloud customers. In the case of TC3, RightScale helped the company create a scalable application to run on Amazon.com's EC3. RightScale also offers a dashboard to enable users to set up, launch and monitor AWS cloud services.Hyperic, a company that sells tools for managing large-scale Web environments, recently introduced the beta of CloudStatus, a tool for tracking AWS service levels. "Cloud platforms are great, but you need the monitoring and management you have with on-premises infrastructure," said Javier Soltero, CEO of Hyperic. Soltero added that there is a lag between the time of an AWS outage and when Amazon.com reports it. In the S3 outage that AWS suffered recently, he said, CloudStatus was notifying its users via Twitter of the outage 20 minutes ahead of Amazon. Two vendors are offering tools to integrate cloud services. Kaavo is a startup offering IMOD (Infrastructure and Middleware on Demand), now in beta, to integrate different AWS EC2 and S3 services from a browser. Boomi, a company that specializes in integrating applications for small and midsize businesses, recently introduced Boomi On Demand, which lets customers integrate different combinations of SAAS offerings from a Web interface. Just as the rapid emergence of applications and utilities inaugurated the era of the PC, the rapid emergence of such tools in a cloud ecosystem augurs well for the staying power of the cloud phenomenon. But that may not be enough to get large enterprises to lean heavily on commercial clouds, even as they build out their own intraclouds. "Private clouds will be huge; the big guys will not trust public clouds for a long time," XCalibre's Huber said. But intraclouds are part of the cloud picture, as well. And when you factor in the large companies' market muscle and the stimulating jolt of venture capital dollars, not to mention the proliferation of cloud-computing providers themselves, it adds up to quite a lot-enough, even, for the next big thing.
With reliability sometimes being a problem, cloud service monitoring tools are taking on an important role.