Sun Microsystems "has been well thought of and well positioned with the development community." But since the its planned acquisition by Oracle has lead to uncertainty about the future of its offerings, and "the inevitable uncertainty undoubtedly affects delopers' perceptions," she wrote. Sun ranks ahead of HP, for example, in completeness of offering but behind it in ability to execute, according to the report's chart of developer data.
Both HP and Sun are ahead of Aptana, an open source company with a Ruby and PHP-supporting cloud service management environment. The company is still relatively unknown, the report said.
On the important issue of security Aptana ranked last; IBM was first. In descending order, Amazon was number two followed by VMware, Microsoft, Google, Sun, Citrix, HP, CA, AT&T and Rackspace.
On the issue of scalability, Google was first, followed by Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, VMware, Sun, HP, Aptana, AT&T, Rackspace, Citrix and CA.
On reliability and uptime, Google was ranked first, followed by IBM, Amazon, VMware, Microsoft, HP, Sun, Rackspace, AT&T, Citrix, Aptana and CA.
On the issue of latency, Google was ranked as the vendor with the lowest latency, followed by: Amazon, VMware, Sun, Microsoft, AT7T, IBM, Rackspace, HP, CA, Aptana and Citrix.
When it comes to vendor lock-in, a feared result to the independent developers who predominate in Evans Data surveys, Google was considered least likely to lead to lock-in, followed by: Amazon, Sun, VMware, Rackspace, Citrix, Microsoft, HP, CA, Aptana, AT&T and IBM.
In cost-to-value ratio, the cloud services of Google were deemed to offer the top value because the company has provided open source tools with which to work in its environment. Number two was Amazon, followed by Microsoft, HP, Citrix, IBM, Sun, VMware, Aptana, Rackspace, AT&T and CA.
Garvin is a founder of Evans Data, a market research firm in Santa Cruz, Calif., as well as its analyst for development tools, parallel programming and cloud computing.
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