HostingCon came to Boston this week, and SMB Research was there to take the temperature of the hosting industry. What we learned is that there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. Exhibitors that we talked to were enthusiastic about the conference and foot traffic – feeling that it was at least equal to, if not up by 10-15% over past years.
Cloud Computing is about as hyped up a market as SMB Research can ever recall seeing. This is good for the software and technology vendors (and us Analysts); not so good for the end-user. This article will try to make some sense out of the flurry of recent Cloud-related activity, focusing principally on the major Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IAAS) players, but with brief discussion also of the PAAS and SAAS spaces. There continues to be lot of (and perhaps even an increase in) jockeying for position. As always, I would enjoy hearing from you to hear your sense of the cloud market, the vendor positioning, or your experience with the cloud technologies.