NetworkWorld today ran a review of GoGrid in their Web Applications Alert newsletter. Mark Gibbs, consultant, author, journalist, columnist and blogger, provides a candid analysis of GoGrid’s current offering in the review titled “Cloud Computing for the Middle Market.” However, it’s his sub-title provides the best summary: “With GoGrid you can provision a server in less than five minutes,” a fact that he experienced first hand.
For several months now, I have been touting the strengths of GoGrid through articles, blog responses, social networks and other media channels. Gibbs echoes many of GoGrid’s strengths (and a few weaknesses even) in his careful analysis. Some highlights:
“A new entrant in this market is GoGrid, currently in its Public Beta phase. I’ve tested the service and what GoGrid claims is true – you can provision a server in less than five minutes. A few minutes more and you can have more servers as well as load balancers and databases.”
Later Gibbs continues:
“GoGrid is very easy to expand and contract as needed and there’s a choice of operating systems to use (Windows as well as several Linux distros with different services configurations). Add to that 24/7 support and GoGrid is a very interesting platform for a variety of markets.”
It is Gibbs’ conclusion that contains the most resounding comment:
“GoGrid is somewhat ahead of the market with this service – maybe six months at present – and if it can get all its enhancements and improvements in place on the schedule it has discussed then GoGrid could become a market leader.”
I had several conversations with Mark during the review process and we heartily agreed about several things. Most importantly, there is potentially a huge market initiative for SMBs (Small and Medium Businesses) and small enterprises to really take advantage of these emerging technologies like GoGrid. As cloud computing becomes much more mainstream, the solutions available within that arena become financial and technologically more viable to all sizes of companies.
IT budgets are tighter (or even barely existent) now. Gone are the requirements to have month-long contracts for servers or even have huge capital expenditures to simply “trial” your product within the marketplace. I have said this before and continue to restate it: business should spend their time working on their business applications and not worrying as much about the infrastructure driving it. Assuming these business applications are built well, let the technology experts worry about the infrastructure. GoGrid is leading the way with providing “control in the cloud” in a way that is simple from a usability standpoint yet extremely powerful from a technological perspective.
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