Cloud, cloud and more cloud
Most agree Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the market leader, but it has been plagued by outages, giving Rackspace, Terremark, Google, Microsoft and others a chance to make inroads. Cloud providers are offering higher performance computing options and dropping their prices to attract customers. Meanwhile, it was another busy year for OpenStack, with VMware’s addition to the open source project and the launch of an independent foundation. The software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (Iaas) markets further matured, and increased attention went to the platform as a service (PaaS) market to provide a service for building applications in the cloud.