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Network World Puts GoGrid in “10 Cloud Computing Companies to Watch” List

May 19th, 2009 by - 8,772 views

Jon Brodkin of Network World pulled together a list of 10 Cloud Computing companies that they deemed important enough to watch this year. Brodkin’s list is a solid one, with each company profile containing:

  • Name
  • Founded Date
  • Location
  • Cloud Offering
  • Why we’re watching it
  • CEO
  • How the company got into cloud computing
  • Who uses the service

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The 10 Cloud Computing Companies that they list (in order of appearance in the article) are:

  • Amazon
  • AT&T
  • Enomaly
  • Google
  • GoGrid
  • Microsoft
  • NetSuite
  • Rackspace
  • RightScale
  • Salesforce.com

The GoGrid listing is as follows:

Company name: GoGrid (a division of ServePath)

Launched: March 2008 (ServePath was founded in 2001, GoGrid development began in 2006)

Location: San Francisco

Cloud offering: The GoGrid platform offers Web-based storage and the ability to quickly deploy Windows- and Linux-based virtual servers onto the cloud, with preinstalled software including Apache, PHP, Microsoft SQL and MySQL.

Why we’re watching it: GoGrid, one of Amazon’s chief competitors in the cloud storage and compute markets, distinguishes itself from Amazon in a couple ways. GoGrid offers Windows Server 2008 instances (Amazon offers only Windows Server 2003) and 100% uptime service-level agreements (Amazon offers 99.95% for compute and 99.9% for storage).

CEO: John Keagy, the CEO and founder of ServePath, built and sold several ISPs in the decade prior to starting ServePath.

How GoGrid got its start: Executives at ServePath, a dedicated server hosting company, created GoGrid after deciding that inefficiencies within the standard hosting model could be alleviated with a self-service, pay-as-you-go infrastructure.

Who uses the service: Mostly start-ups, Web 2.0 and SaaS companies, plus a few big names like SAP and Novell who are running pilots or small test projects on the GoGrid service.

I encourage you to give this article a read and see some of the other companies mentioned.

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Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan, formerly the Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, is a recognized technology, social media, and cloud computing pundit and blogger who writes regularly about technology news and trends.

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