In early 2011, I wrote a blog post about who I thought would be dominant cloud computing players 10 years from then. In that post, I argued that the breadth of offerings from Microsoft (s msft) and Google (s goog) put them in position to own large parts of future IT markets. But much has changed since then. I think two cloud providers -- Amazon Web Services (s amzn) and Salesforce.com (s crm) -- have begun to pull away from the pack, and I'm ready to admit I didn't give these two companies their due.
James Urquhart over at GigaOm expresses the distinct impression those of us who follow this space have had for some time now: Amazon and Salesforce have truly set themselves apart as cloud leaders.