Liftr Cloud Insights Launches Tracking Service for Global Public Cloud Compute Infrastructure

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Liftr® Cloud Insights, a DoubleHorn® service, is a global cloud industry research and advisory service that addresses cloud computing trends, including hyperscale data center infrastructure, technologies, and services. Liftr Cloud Insights is launching its Liftr Cloud Components Tracker subscription service.

“The cloud computing market needs industry analysis delivered at Internet speed. We’ve made the investment to dramatically increase the pace we can deliver cloud insights to customers, and Liftr Cloud Components Tracker is the result.” - DoubleHorn CEO, Tab Schadt

The Liftr Cloud Components Tracker is the cloud industry’s first DevOps-based in-depth assessment of worldwide cloud service provider (CSP) Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and bare metal compute instances. With its DevOps base, the Liftr Cloud Components Tracker can scan its tracked CSPs monthly, making it also the cloud industry’s first real-time IaaS configuration tracking service.

The Liftr Cloud Components Tracker gives subscribers an insider look into IaaS capabilities, regional availability, and compute components at the start of each month – within days of Liftr Cloud Component Tracker’s end-of-month CSP scans. The fast cadence of monthly scanning and reports means that customers receive fresh, up-to-date insight on IaaS industry evolution that is not available from any other industry analyst firm.

  • Liftr Cloud Component Tracker Value

The Liftr Cloud Components Tracker counts, clusters and summarizes the types of unique IaaS and bare-metal compute instances offered by each tracked CSP across every region of the globe. The service initially tracks the four largest public clouds – Alibaba Cloud (also known as Aliyun), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. At the start of each month, the Liftr Cloud Components Tracker provides month-by-month summaries and trends describing these four CSP’s IaaS compute instances, including configuration trends for processors and compute accelerators.

In the rapidly evolving cloud industry, the Liftr Cloud Components Tracker is a pivotal service that is complementary to survey-based revenue and unit shipment services.

Over time, the Liftr Cloud Components Tracker will also identify patterns in how each CSP diffuses new compute chips and technologies through their cloud infrastructure.

The Liftr Cloud Components Tracker’s actionable industry intelligence caters to many different types of customers and their needs.

For example, Cloud Service Providers can assess themselves against the market leaders and against emerging competitors in the cloud industry while cloud supply chain vendors are able to track valued configurations and regional availability, as well as providing third-party attestation into chip vendor successes in specific compute instance types.

In addition, the Liftr Cloud Components Tracker informs technology investors. Technology investors can see a real-time holistic view of both CSPs and cloud supply chain vendor success with new service deployments.

Finally, large IT-as-a-Service organizations can plan regional and worldwide deployments based on the availability of similar capabilities regionally and between CSPs.

Paul Teich, Principal Analyst for Liftr Cloud Insights, says “I joined DoubleHorn’s Liftr Cloud Insights team to deliver objective, quantified cloud industry insights. Bringing Liftr Cloud Components Tracker to market only two quarters after envisioning the service is a remarkably agile response time.” Mr. Teich also added, “Expect to see more of this kind of cloud industry analysis innovation.”

Tab Schadt, CEO and Founder of DoubleHorn, says, “The cloud computing market needs industry analysis delivered at Internet speed. We’ve made the investment to dramatically increase the pace we can deliver cloud insights to customers, and Liftr Cloud Components Tracker is the result.”

  • How Does It Work?

Liftr Cloud Insights’ data collection is different from typical survey-based market research in that it is DevOps-based. DoubleHorn’s in-house cloud brokerage’s advisory services team has real-world cloud-migration experience and provides the talent to automate our data collection and quantitative analysis.

DevOps-based market research and industry analysis entry barriers might seem low, but they are in fact high. DevOps-based data collection takes data science and programming experience, time to implement correctly and lots of cloud computing resources.

Liftr Cloud Insights gathers public data describing IaaS compute instances during the last week of each month. The initial baseline scan took place the last week of March 2019. The service scans the tracked CSPs at the end of every month, and within a week Liftr Cloud Insights publishes a report to subscribers describing changes to the CSPs’ deployed IaaS services.

The Liftr Cloud Components Tracker tracks the compute chips used in IaaS and metal instances: processors and accelerators. Initially, these tracked compute chips include processors by Intel, AMD and Arm licensees, as well as GPUs, FPGAs, and other accelerators by AMD, Google Cloud, Intel, NVIDIA and Xilinx. Memory profiles for processors and for accelerators are also tracked.

  • More Information

For more information, please contact subscription@liftrcloud.com about becoming a subscriber. In addition, cloud service providers who are interested and currently are not tracked by Liftr Cloud Insights, can contact Paul Teich at analyst@liftrcloud.com.

Liftr Cloud Insights is a service of privately held DoubleHorn, based in Austin, Texas. DoubleHorn operates two lines of business: the cloud service brokerage under the DoubleHorn brand and the cloud research and analysis service under the Liftr Cloud Insights brand. Both product lines operate independently, though Liftr Cloud Insight leverages DevOps talent from DoubleHorn’s professional services team and DoubleHorn occasionally leverages Liftr Cloud Insights’ data science team.

For more information about Liftr Cloud Insights, visit LiftrCloud.com.

DoubleHorn and Liftr are registered service marks of DoubleHorn. The following are trademarks and/or service marks of DoubleHorn: DoubleHorn Logo, Liftr Cloud Logo, Liftr Cloud Insights and Liftr Cloud Components Tracker.

Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

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