One of the most talked about technologies of 2008 was unquestionably cloud computing (okay, maybe not unquestionably…this is the tech industry, afterall). Cloud computing — from consumer-level apps such as Facebook to big company entries such as Microsoft’s Azure — dominated a good part of the tech conversation over the past year.
And, like most hot technologies, a number of key players emerged. While my role in cloud computing flirts primarily around the periphery (i.e., I don’t write code), I am close enough to the conversation to notice which players seem to sit at the epicenter of the discussion.
Among the creme of the crop are five who I believe make up The 2008 Cloud Computing All-Star Team:
- Jeff Barr (Amazon’s web services god)
- Michael Sheehan (GoGrid evangelist extraordinaire)
- Reuven Cohen (Enomaly founder and Cloud Camp instigator using open source to make the cloud elastic)
- Sam Charrington (Appistry VP using cloud application platform to put a hurt on the legacy app server market)
- Chris Gladwin (CEO of Cleversafe and the guy behind one of the hottest cloud storage technologies of ’08)
Which cloud computing players would you recruit for your all-star team? Let me know in the comments.
[Disclosure: Appistry is a client.]