What does Cloud.com do?

Cloud.com hopes to help organizations of all sizes adopt cloud computing.
Written by Dan Kusnetzky, Contributor

While attending Tier1 Research's Host and Cloud Transformation Summit, I had an opportunity to speak with the good folks from Cloud.com.  I wish I could tell you that the dog ate my notes and that's why it took this long for me to post something here, but I don't have a dog and it is really my fault.  The notes got stuck to the back of something else in the portable filing cabinet that I call a briefcase and I only just found them. I'm sorry about that, they really have a good story. What does Cloud.com do?

Here's what they have to say about themselves.

Cloud.com is an Open Source, Turnkey Infrastructure as a Cloud (IaaS) Software Platform for Everyone
Private clouds vs. public clouds, we’re not picking sides. Cloud.com is a pioneer of next generation cloud computing solutions that enable simple and cost effective deployment, management, and configuration of cloud computing environments, regardless of where they are deployed. Extending beyond individual virtual machine images running on commodity hardware, Cloud.com provides a turnkey cloud infrastructure software stack for delivering virtual datacenters as a service – delivering all of the essential components used to build, deploy, and manage multi-tier and multi-tenant cloud applications in a simple to install software package.
Cloud.com develops and delivers three distinct packages of the CloudStack software:

  • CloudStack Platform Community Edition -- Open source, free to download, community supported Products
  • CloudStack Platform Enterprise Edition -- Open source and proprietary code, enterprise ready, subscription only feature set, enterprise connectors, commercially supported
  • CloudStack Platform Service Provider Edition -- Open source and proprietary code, service provider ready, subscription only feature set, enterprise connectors, commercially supported

Snapshot analysis

First of all, I have to admire cloud.com for acquiring the URL cloud.com. That should make it really easy for people to find them. Next of all, it appears that they've done a good job of thinking about how organizations are likely to adopt this approach to consuming computing services and developing a set of products and servcies that will help them along the way.

They, of course, face challenges from many others including Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and an entire cast of characters who also want to help organizations along the very same path. What seems interesting is that they aren't offering hosting services and so, have built products that should work just about anywhere rather than leading people along a path to adopt their own products.

You might like to pop over there and see what they're doing.

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