Cloud Vendor Watch List

These are the vendors I follow categorized by functionality to build a Private Cloud. These are not listed by preference. I will be adding reasons for these vendors / products shortly, the Why is more important then the What

Bandwidth
TW Telecom, Clear, TowerStream, Level3, Abovenet, Cogent Communications

Datacenters
Equinix, Digital Realty Trust, SuperNAP, BlueLock, Verizon (Terremark), Net2EZ

Monitoring
Quest vFoglight, UpTime Software, Cloudability, Nimsoft, FireScope, NetForensics, Nodeable

Security software
Catbird, Juniper Virtual Gateway (previously Altor Networks)

Cloud Management Software
Platform, Embotics, Abiquo, Nimbula

Routers /Firewalls
I prefer to use combination router / firewall systems to maximize functional density. No dedicated router hardware if capacity not needed
Juniper SSG, SourceFire, Palo Alto Networks, Brocade MLX

WAN Optimizers
SilverPeak, Riverbed

Load Balancers
NetScaler (virtual), A10 Networks (virtual)

Switches
Brocade VDX 10Gb, Juniper QFabric, Force10, Plexxi, BigSwitch, Nicira, Embrane,
notice no Cisco, HP…

Servers
Dell (makes a 2U, 4 socket, 12 core server, HP does not) , SeaMicro

Storage
Compellent, 3Par, Equallogic, Pure Storage, Nexsan, Nexstor

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