The article picks 50 companies as Cloud Innovators. It lists some exotic names like Nicira, still a stealth company and some well known names such as Dell, who signed a definitive agreement to acquire Force10 Networks, Inc. today, The latter has a long list of investors, twelve to be more precise.
Yet Force 10 was not listed among top 50 Cloud Innovators barely two months ago. It may be an oversight, yet it is impossible to produce lists without oversights.
On July 19, Gigaom published this graph, represented the number of objects stored in AWS S3 over the years
Quote: "Long story short: cloud computing usage is growing overall — at about 100 percent a year in the case of S3 — and AWS looks to be steering the ship for the time being."
Fair enough. What is means is that next year , Amazon will have 1 Trillion S3 Objects. (1 Trillion storage objects raises some other worries, but this is a different story)
Yet I like Gigaom discovery: Cloud is growing at 100% per year. Interesting, Force 10 did not do any storage, yet their function is key in the cloud constellation of companies.
Here is my thinking, a fusion into something tangible: making money.
- If IaaS market will be $11B sales in 2013 (according to IDC) and we value the companies operating IaaS service , their total valuation will be $220B.
- Assume that The Structure 50: The Top 50 Cloud Innovators are in reality 100 companies, to cover the oversights, the average potential value of each IaaS provider today is a mind boggling $2.2 Billion per company !!!
- Yet most people do not see this potential. The smaller companies with very sound technologies are the best bet.. And the number can double, is Gigaom estimate of cloud computing growth is 100% for another year or two.
- This is what my work as consultant and rainmaker is. To tell the fledgling, talented IaaS start-ups what I write above and be part of it.