Part 4: Cloud Computing – A Complex Ecosystem?

Appirio_logoThanks to the team at Appirio, we have yet another view of the cloud ecosystem, here. It’s an interesting categorization of companies into the following groups:

Cloud Matrix

  1. Cloud Applications (Multi-Tenant + Single-Instance)
  2. Cloud Platforms (Multi-Tenant + Single-Instance)
  3. Cloud Infrastructure (Multi-Tenant + Single-Instance)
  4. Hosted Applications (Single-Tenant or Multi-Instance)
  5. Hosted Platforms (Single-Tenant or Multi-Instance)
  6. Hosted Infrastructure (Single-Tenant or Multi-Instance)
  7. Private Cloud Applications (On-Premise + Virtualized)
  8. Private Cloud Platforms (On-Premise + Virtualized)
  9. Private Cloud Infrastructure (On-Premise + Virtualized)

Here is a quick highlight of the Appirio matrix. You’ll need to view in “full-screen” mode (“FS”).

Appirio Ecosystem


I believe Troy Angrignon assisted in the creation of this, and contributes to the updates.

Other ecosystem perspectives:

Part 3: Cloud Computing – A Complex Ecosystem?

Part 2: Cloud Computing – A Complex Ecosystem?

Part 1: Cloud Computing – A Complex Ecosystem?

Jim Kaskade

Jim Kaskade is a serial entrepreneur & enterprise software executive of over 36 years. He is the CEO of Conversica, a leader in Augmented Workforce solutions that help clients attract, acquire, and grow end-customers. He most recently successfully exited a PE-backed SaaS company, Janrain, in the digital identity security space. Prior to identity, he led a digital application business of over 7,000 people ($1B). Prior to that he led a big data & analytics business of over 1,000 ($250M). He was the CEO of a Big Data Cloud company ($50M); was an EIR at PARC (the Bell Labs of Silicon Valley) which resulted in a spinout of an AML AI company; led two separate private cloud software startups; founded of one of the most advanced digital video SaaS companies delivering online and wireless solutions to over 10,000 enterprises; and was involved with three semiconductor startups (two of which he founded, one of which he sold). He started his career engineering massively parallel processing datacenter applications. Jim has an Electrical and Computer Science Engineering degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in semiconductor design and computer science; and an MBA from the University of San Diego with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and finance.

2 thoughts on “Part 4: Cloud Computing – A Complex Ecosystem?

  1. Hi Jim, love the gallery! As you have seen, it’s nearly impossible to represent this much data without trying all sorts of visual tricks.

    indeed, I did the majority data collection and research and interviews, and my colleagues at Appirio also provided companies but more importantly as a team we really worked hard to resolve the issue of private clouds. Big credit to Ryan Nichols, VP Cloud Strategy at Appirio for his pivotal thinking on how to integrate in the private clouds (and remove a lot of the data that I had in prior versions) so that it could truly be a “private cloud related” column. Also, this was a case of “standing on the shoulders of giants” as I pointed out in the release notes here:

    We’re continuing to add companies to it and I’m also working on a fifth version which will likely be released mid 2010.

    Additional comments, thoughts, suggestions?

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