Welcome to our One-Stop Cloud Reference Page
This list provides our readers a simple starting point for key standards, popular services and other interesting information related to what we do. Most of the ones we've selected for this list have been designed as Cloud solutions from scratch. Behind the Cloud is a dynamically growing industry, which makes this page a continuous work in progress - so please check back for updates frequently
There are many other great Cloud or offline solutions that are not on this list that you may have otherwise heard of, and if you're in a speciality areas such as Healthcare, Law etc. there may be better applications that are specially relevant to your area of business. Remember - there are good products and there are bad products, but the "best" products are the ones that meet your specific needs and improve your ability to do business. If you're interested in learning more, please contact us.
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- Cloud Standards Consumer Council - Separating the hype on standards from the reality for the consumer
- Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Cloud Management Standards - Includes use cases, architectures and interactions
Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) - Best practices, education and other aspects of security assurance
- European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) - Grid and Cloud Computing - European activities and standards related to the cloud
- National Institute for Standards (NIST) - Cloud Computing program - Thought leadership and guidance for industry and government use
- Open Grid Forum (OGF) - Community driven standards & recommendations for grid, cloud and distributed computing
- Object Management Group (OMG) - Portability, interoperability & reuse modelling specifications for cloud deployments
- Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) - Cloud computing standards, interoperability standards and reference implementations.
- Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Cloud TWG - Cloud storage implementation architecture
- The Open Group - Cloud Work Group - Promoting standard models and frameworks between members.
- ARTS - Association for Retail Technology Standards - Information on application of cloud computing for retail
- Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) - Cloud models, profiles, and extensions on existing standards related to security, content, registry and SOA elements.
- Telecommunications Management Forum (TMForum) - Cloud Services Initiative - Cloud related enhancements to existing Frameworx blueprints for Business Process, Information, Application and Integraton
Compute & Other Services
Canadian Carriers providing Cloud Services
Hypervisors▪ VMware ESX and ESXi
Xen (Open Source)
▪ Virtual Box (Oracle)
The ever controversial
"Cloud in a Box"
▪ Enomaly Elastic Computing
▪ StackOps (OpenStack)
▪ WSO2 Ozone (Xen based)
Office & Personal Productivity
▪ Google Drive
Note that many online & offline productivity suites including those from Google, Microsoft and Apple now have online storage services.
▪ VmWare VSphere, vCloud (Full Suite)
▪ Cloud.com (Citrix)
▪ See Cloud in a box section
Deployment Automation / Orchestration
▪ Open Nebula (OpenStack)
Relational Cloud Databases▪ Amazon RDS
▪ Xeround (MySQL based)
▪ EnterpriseDB (Postgres based)
Non-relational Cloud Databases
Big Data Management & BI
CRM / ERP
* Note that many compute providers also provide highly scalable storage
App Deployment Automation
Storage Hardware Providers
▪ Dell Compellent
SW Development & Lifecycle Tools▪ Collabnet Teamforge
▪ IBM CastIron
▪ WhiteHat Sentinel (Security testing)
Mobile App Development
(Cloud based)▪ RhoHub
Software Project Management