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10 Cloud Computing Pioneers

Cloud computing has rewritten decades of technology rules. Take a closer look at 10 innovators who helped make it possible.
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Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, stands out as the pioneer and guerrilla marketer of software-as-a-service. He drew attention to the concept at a time when it was widely disregarded as an aberration of limited use by brazenly advancing the concept of cloud services as the "death of software." He meant that on-premises software, the systems that have been making enterprise data centers run since 1964, were going away, replaced by software running in a remote data center accessible over the Internet.

Much has already been written about the successful establishment of Salesforce.com, which doesn't need repetition here. But for his role in winning respect for the concept of SaaS, no one matches the standing of Benioff.

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parkercloud
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parkercloud,
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11/26/2012 | 6:20:41 PM
re: 10 Cloud Computing Pioneers
Some others, Greg Olsen founder of Coghead, very early PaaS startup and John Qualls and Pat O'Day of Bluelock
Leo Regulus
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11/26/2012 | 8:36:22 PM
re: 10 Cloud Computing Pioneers
Suggested Editorial New Year's Resolution: No More Slide Shows !
Mike_Acker
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Mike_Acker,
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11/27/2012 | 11:52:40 AM
re: 10 Cloud Computing Pioneers
yep, i've sent several notes to Firefox' Suggestion Box that we need a FREEZE plug in to stop all distracting animations
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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11/26/2012 | 9:09:43 PM
re: 10 Cloud Computing Pioneers
Pat O'Day, co-founder, CTO of Bluelock, has been an excellent spokesman for the cloud, pioneered public IaaS working with VMware-virtualized data center, a good candidate in hypervisor-specific sphere. Thanks, Rick Parker, cloud architect.Charlie, InformationWeek
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parkercloud,
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11/28/2012 | 4:58:24 AM
re: 10 Cloud Computing Pioneers
Please update the article to 12 Pioneers, see above. Thanks
Mike_Acker
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11/27/2012 | 11:51:38 AM
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u forgot Napster, LimeWire, ThePirateBay, and Kim.Com
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