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May 5 2008   10:51AM GMT

Vendors are buddying up in the cloud

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

So I come back from a day off and what do I find? IBM and Google, Sun and Amazon reportedly pairing up in the cloud.

I have to say that cloud computing has made the growing IBM/EMC rivalry that much more interesting. EMC threw one of the first punches with the rollout of Fortress and acquisition of Pi–it seems EMC will probably stick to building its own infrastructure rather than partnering. But then IBM went for a partnership with one of the other most recognizable brand names in the world (aside from its own) in Google, which consumers are already comfortable using in the real world. Meanwhile, PiWorx remains in stealth. It will be interesting to see where the next leapfrog move comes from.

Incidentally, how long before Sun acquires Zmanda? They’ve already acquired MySQL, for which Zmanda offers open-source backup and now they’re buddying up with Amazon, for which Zmanda offers an interface (Amazon still requires you to roll your own GUI or get one from a partner). It could link Sun’s open storage products–via open source software!–to the cloud with Amazon. It would be just one big happy open-source conflagration…I’m still watching for it.

Meanwhile, the other tizzy lighting up my Google Reader is over the lack of a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo. Rob Enderle has an interesting post up on Google’s role in that situation. I’m wondering, as IT and cloud vendors keep pairing up, if we shouldn’t be looking for familiar faces among those next in line to be Yahoo’s dance partner.

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  • Beth Pariseau
    While buddying up in the cloud may be catching on, this is no new phenomena. The smaller cloud players have been teaming up for quite some time. for instance Cloud storage provider Nirvanix supplying the backend for 3Tera's cloud computing solution AppLogic. if you're interested: http://www.nirvanix.com/bw032008.aspx
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