Cloud and data second-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook

1Executive Summary

This quarter we saw more signs of maturity in the cloud computing market, including a new version of the OpenStack standard, more consolidation of cloud computing companies, and a scandal that dominated the national news and could make some of us afraid of cloud computing. Indeed, those in IT are becoming a bit more wary of the hype surrounding cloud computing as they look to separate what’s popular to say in meetings versus what’s actually able to solve business problems.

Of course, there is always some excitement to be found in any emerging market. This quarter the excitement was around the NSA leaks that revealed that some phone records and some social media information are under surveillance by the U.S. government. This leads many to conclude that information stored on cloud-based platforms has been and still is vulnerable to spying by the government. This sent chills down the spines of many who have already made the migration to the cloud and provided new excuses for those who have not.

Events during this quarter included:

  • The release of new information from Berkeley Labs supports the assertion that cloud computing is truly energy-efficient.
  • Big acquisitions drove more consolidation as well as some concerns from those who placed bets on those being acquired.
  • The NSA scandal calls cloud privacy into question.
  • The release of OpenStack Grizzly boosts traction for this already popular standard.
  • Movers and shakers in big data were Tom Reilly at Cloudera, Sydney Carey at 10gen, and Raymie Stata at Altiscale.
  • Tableau’s IPO and new big data VC funds show growth and interest in enterprise software.

Source: flickr user Ricardo Liberato

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