Linux Magazine’s Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008
Who knows what the future will hold? Well, heaven knows we don't or we'd have already won the lottery a few times and retired to a private island somewhere. However, we can look at the past to make a few reasonable predictions-- such as the companies in the free and open source software community that are going to have a major impact on the market in 2008.
Forget about virtual private servers– that’s so 2005. We’re talking about virtual private datacenters now. If you could have the benefits of your own datacenter, without actually having to invest in a datacenter wouldn’t it make sense to do that? That’s what we like about 3Tera– another player in the utility computing market.
3Tera uses Linux and open source to build its Virtual Private Datacenter solution, which can be monitored from a browser anywhere in the world. Resources can be added (and, presumably, removed) from your virtual rack at any time.
If you don’t trust another company to host your apps and data (and who can blame you?) the company also sells AppLogic, which lets you fire up your own grid with the similar flexibility but under your control.
Utility computing isn’t a new trend, but we expect it to be even more important in 2008, and available to smaller and smaller companies. 3Tera is likely to be at the forefront of that trend.