The Cloud wars are shaping up to be a 3-way horse race between Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and Microsoft. As I elaborated in previous blog posts, the IaaS price war has been raging over this last year and will continue. Now we seed the combat arena shifting to PaaS where Google just announced Google Cloud DNS which competes directly with Amazon’s Route 53 DNS offering. Expect all three vendors to go toe-to-toe on PaaS features. Let the cloud wars continue!
In the last week, we saw the cloud computing competition hit yet another new level in the race to zero! By that, I mean the race to near-zero cost of computing. Three big announcements last week:
- CISCO announced a 1 billion dollar investment into the IaaS cloud space to take on Amazon. Of course, everyone is trying to take on the leader.
- Google announced huge price drops and the ability to combine its compute engine and app engine offering. Also, challenging Amazon…
- Amazon counter-punched all comers with another price drop
These are exciting times for the cloud computing space! Stay tuned as more heavy-weights continue to slug it out for leadership in the cloud!
Do you know the history of cloud computing and the trends that shaped it? The timelines are from my book the Great Cloud Migration and show all the key events in the history of cloud computing. Understanding the history is important to understanding the major influencing factors and forces that shape the current landscape.
Here is a summary of the events:
* 1961 – Professor John McCarthy propose computing be organized as a “public utility”.
* 1964 – IBM CP-40 Operating Systems uses Virtualization
* 1972 – IBM VM/370 is a virtual machine operating system
* 1991 – The World Wide Web popularizes the internet
* 1997 – First use of the term “Cloud Computing”
* 1999 – Salesforce.com and VMWare launch
* 2002 – Amazon Web Services (AWS) launches and SOA emerges
* 2003 – Seminal Google File System (GFS) paper published
* 2005 – Google Maps is a watershed event for browser-based apps (introduces AJAX).
* 2006 – Hadoop launched, shortly followed by Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2
* 2008 – Google App Engine launches
* 2009 – Microsoft Azure launches
* 2010 – GSA’s apps.gov launches (and federal Cloud-first policy).