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The 2010 Cloud Capacity Surge

SOASTA has held a unique position in the cloud community, allowing us to watch its evolution over the years. As one of only a few enterprise cloud applications, on any given day we may be looking for up to 10,000 cloud servers to simulate millions of virtual consumers for performance testing some of the world’s leading consumer web sites. With this in mind, we have had to be incredibly aware of the supply side of cloud computing. With this in mind, I’m happy to report that 2010 has been a very good year for cloud capacity growth (availability of cloud servers), as well as the elastic APIs required to access them.

Perspective: in 2009 there were only a couple of cloud data centers that offered infrastructure as a service and they were only in the US. For a company that regularly needed a few hundred cloud servers Amazon AWS was the only real supplier for us back then. But our business continued to grow, and naturally, in late 2009, we were very concerned that cloud capacity might not be able to keep up with us…. and everyone else.

As we come to the end of 2010, I’m very happy to report that indeed it has. Thanks to the continued growth of Amazon and the emergence of major players, such as Microsoft Azure, IBM and Rackcloud, as well as several regional players, cloud capacity has taken off in 2010. With CloudTest we can now provision thousands of cloud servers from more than (20) locations around the world, all in a matter of minutes. Amazon AWS has (4) major cloud centers in place today with several new ones planned in 2011. Microsoft dramatically changed the landscape in 2010 by adding (6) major cloud data centers. And watch out for IBM in 2011 as they add up to (10) new cloud data centers. The growth in cloud capacity in 2010 has been startling, even to us that have been watching closely. It’s a clear barometer that cloud computing is primed for takeoff in the Enterprise in 2011.

Tom Lounibos

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Tom Lounibos

As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.