As a cloud computing data center provider, Lifeline closely watches the cloud industry. As Linda Leung's article states, revenues and margins are all over the map. One thing is certain: cloud computing service providers are buying more outsource data center facilities like Lifeline.
How much are the major players in cloud computing making from their cloud operations? The answers are all over the map.
Many cloud computing providers are private, and don’t disclose their revenue. Most of the leading publicly-held companies see cloud computing as a promising source of future growth, though perhaps not a large percentage of current revenue. And there’s some significant differences between companies providing software as a service (SaaS) and those offering infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Here’s a look at some of the public companies and their cloud computing revenues:
In February 2009, chairman and CEO Marc Benioff boasted that Salesforce.com (CRM) was the “first billion-dollar cloud computing company,” when the company announced 2009 year-end revenue of $1.077 billion, a 44 percent increase from 2008. All eyes will be on Salesforce.com on Feb. 24 to see if the SaaS provider will maintain its $1 billion revenue status when it reports its fiscal year end results.
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