SMB Research is overdue in producing another one of our occasional, but irregular, “round-the-horn” Taking Stock pieces. The waiting is over, and the summer be damned: there is stuff going on. We can’t bring ourselves to watch the Red Sox every night, or Olympics‘ synchronized diving or synchronized swimming any night. It’s raining too much to go to the beach. So SMB Research is out of excuses. Read, enjoy, and comment. This Taking Stock talks about Eloqua, HostingCon, SoftLayer, ClickSoftware, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce‘s 2012 Small Business of the Year, and New England Network Associates. For a Taking Stock primer, see “SMB Research debuts…’Taking Stock’”
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.