Amazon also ranked third on the list of cloud management companies because of its S3 Simple Storage Service offering. IBM joined Amazon as a "cloud champion" by placing first in management with the IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, third in security (behind EMC/RSA and Symantec), second in platforms, and second in infrastructure.
VMware comes out of the BTC Logic report looking pretty good, placing first in cloud foundation with vSphere, its virtualization and management platform, and vCloud, its partner program that allows some interoperability between internal data centers and cloud services.
Red Hat has made the case that only itself and Microsoft have all the tools necessary to build clouds, including operating systems and middleware, while VMware argues that its superior virtualization technology makes it the real leader. Microsoft is second in this category with Hyper-V, just ahead of Red Hat and Citrix, according to BTC Logic.
"VMware remains the clear leader in this category," BTC Logic says.