Appirio Launches First Interactive Cloud Computing Ecosystem Map

November 16, 2009 Appirio

Plots Key Offerings to Define Market and Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of the Cloud

SAN MATEO, Calif.—November 16, 2009—Appirio (, a cloud solution provider, today launched the first interactive cloud ecosystem map. The map builds on Appirio’s experience moving hundreds of enterprises to the cloud, and seeks to provide better transparency into the evolving cloud ecosystem. It aims to help enterprises accelerate their adoption of the cloud by creating a standard taxonomy and definitions for a market that has quickly become crowded and confusing.

“The cloud ecosystem is evolving so quickly that it’s difficult for most enterprises to keep up,” said Ryan Nichols, head of cloudsourcing and cloud strategy for Appirio. “We created the ecosystem map to track this evolution ourselves, and have decided to publish it to help others assess the ‘lay of the land.’ With broader community involvement, we can create a living, breathing map where anyone can access, drill down and interact with dynamic information. This will bring some much-needed clarity to the cloud market.”

The cloud ecosystem map breaks out 70 different layers of technology across applications, platforms and infrastructure. It distinguishes between offerings that are on-premise versus hosted single tenant, versus multi-tenant and illustrates which elements are available directly versus bundled versus provided by a partner. The offerings of leading vendors are highlighted across the stack, as are point solutions from emerging vendors. Links are provided within the map to learn more about each offering.

The map was created in collaboration with Troy Angrignon, a well-respected technologist, cloud expert and co-chair of the 13th Under the Radar conference. Originally developed as an internal training tool to benchmark and validate cloud offerings, the cloud ecosystem map is now available to help companies navigate through the layers of technology and evaluate relevant vendors.

“A sure sign of the acceleration of cloud computing is the mind-boggling array of new offerings that are coming to market,” said Vinnie Mirchandani, founder of Deal Architect and former Gartner analyst. “As an advisor to large enterprises trying to make sense of these offerings, it is great to see Appirio contribute this framework to the conversation.”

Appirio’s cloud ecosystem map is accessible to the public—please visit and contribute to the map’s evolution over the coming weeks and months.

About Appirio

Appirio (, a cloud solution provider, offers both products and professional services that help enterprises accelerate their adoption of the cloud. With over 2500 customers, Appirio has a proven track record of implementing mission-critical solutions and developing innovative products on cloud platforms such as, Google Apps, and Amazon Web Services. From offices in the U.S. and Japan, Appirio serves a wide range of companies including Avago, Hamilton Beach, Japan Post Network, Ltd, Pfizer and Qualcomm. Appirio was founded in 2006, is the fastest growing partner of and Google, and is backed by Sequoia Capital and GGV Capital.

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