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Finding the next AWS, VMWare or EMC: Five areas where cloud startups can make it big

Gigaom

In a world where, in the blink of an eye, anyone with a credit card can access what is essentially the largest computer in the world (in the form of AWS), today’s enterprise data centers are starting to look like mainframe systems of a bygone era: clunky, complex, inflexible, risky and expensive to develop and operate.

To keep up, enterprises have had two real choices: deploy their apps and services in third-party data centers, or implement private clouds. Public clouds, while attractive in their utility and cost, have not been a good option due to a lack of control and guaranteed service levels. But a third choice has emerged: the hybrid cloud.

Hybrid clouds make public clouds a seamless extension of the enterprise data center – what I call the boundless data center (see disclosure below). A boundless data center is essentially a virtualized data center that is no longer limited…

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