The quicksilver tech industry has since long discovered the virtue of fear as a source of animating energy. The longtime leader of Intel, Andrew S. Grove puts it as, ‘Only the Paranoid Survive’. This is his guiding principal, which also seems to be the title of his management book in 1996.
Nowadays, the market for cloud computing is fast growing and owing to this, the fear factor is completely at work. As per the latest quarterly reports that have been received by market research and from technology companies, 2 fastest movers in emergent cloud business are shown. These are IBM and Microsoft.
In the 2nd quarter, the cloud revenue had jumped 164 percent while IBM jumped 86 percent, as per last week’s report put forth by Synergy Research Group.
Amazon stays ahead with $962 million revenue in cloud business, in comparison with IBM’s $259-million and $370-million for Microsoft as per the estimates of Synergy.
Conference calls with analysts as well as quarterly financial reports with companies put emphasis on the progress by IBM and Microsoft. It is not just the talk, but it is being backed up with a lot of investment says an analyst at Synergy, John Dinsdale.
The corporate customers as well as tech suppliers closely follow the magic quadrant reports by a technology research firm, Gartner. In these reports, the weaknesses as well as the strengths of the tech companies and graphic plotting companies are assessed on 2 axes. If the placement in the graphic is left to right, it is based on ‘completeness of vision’ and if the placement of the graphic is bottom to top, then it shows ‘ability to execute’. Niche players are in the lower left and leaders are in the upper right quadrant.
In the report by Gartner last year which was based on basic cloud services, IBM was a niche player. This year, SoftLayer, a cloud startup hhas moved to the right. Microsoft has moved to the upper right . Amazon still stays the star in the industry.
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