We have a new leader at the top of August’s #CloudInfluence individual rankings. During the summer holiday season there has been a slight lull in the overall volume of opinions and a limited number of major corporate announcements or events, but one of the commentators that has often appeared in our monthly rankings has been busy nevertheless.

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Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, has been issuing research reports on topics such as Windows 10 as well as providing press comment on things like the future for Symantec after its sale of Veritas, and on the strategic announcements from VMware at its recent user conference.

Then in 2nd and 6th are Daniel Zhang, the CEO of Alibaba and Simon Hu, the president of Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud arm, following the announcement that Alibaba is to invest billions in Aliyun as it seeks to challenge the market dominance of AWS and Google.

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Three month view of #CloudInfluence Individual fluctuations

Diane Byrant was quoted widely on Intel’s investment of $100 million in Mirantis which she described as the next step in bringing open cloud infrastructure to the entire industry as part of Intel’s ‘Cloud for All’ initiative. Also quoted was Alex Freedland, Mirantis’s co-founder and president.

Satya Nadella lost ground to his Microsoft colleagues Nicole Herskowitz, Cindy Bates, and Mark Russinovich as Micosoft made a number of announcements including extending its support in containers from Docker to Mesos.

In a rare outing Sean Boyle, who runs the finance division of Amazon Web Services, was permitted by the company to speak to press about how the firm uses data creates greater clarity to support decision-making.

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Commenting on behalf of Cisco on the need for cloud providers and internet firms to comply with the new EU Cybersecurity Law, Chris Gow was widely quoted saying: “We’re pleased to see digital service platforms subject to a different regime but we’re disappointed at the lack of recognition that it is the use of cloud that determines the security risk not the service itself.”

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August view of #CloudInfluence Individual Fluctuations

Meanwhile Cisco colleague David McCulloch responded to news of Facebook’s deal with EZchip, by saying that: “The software defined network threat to Cisco has clearly been overstated.” Eli Fruchter from EZchip disagreed. With technology giants including Facebook and Google developing their own networking-equipment systems to save money and handle an increasing volume of Internet traffic, he sees a real opportunity for EZchip and a threat to traditional hardware makers such as Cisco.

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Top 10 #CloudInfluence Individuals for August 2015

Now that the summer holiday season has come to and end we are expecting competition for places in our next monthly ranking to really hot up as announcements and opinions start to fly.

IndexNamePositionCompanyTwitterMovement since July
1Daniel IvesAnalystFBR Capital Markets+ 1
2Daniel ZhangCEOAlibaba
3Diane BryantSVP and GM, Data Center GroupIntel
4Nicole HerskowitzSenior Director of Product MarketingMicrosoft Azure@nicolelamb
5Sean BoyleFinance Division LeaderAmazon Web Services
6Simon HuPresidentAliyun- 3
7Rich TehraniCEOTechnology Marketing Corporation @rtehrani
8Cindy BatesVP US SMB and DistributionMicrosoft@Cindy_Bates+ 9
9Mark RussinovichCTOMicrosoft Azure@markrussinovich
10Satya NadellaCEOMicrosoft@satyanadella- 9
11Chris GowSenior Manager, Government AffairsCisco
12Phil BracePresident of cloud systems and electronic solutionsSeagate
13Andrew ReidFounder and chief product officer Vision Critical Communications Inc. @reidandrew
14Alex FreedlandCo-founder and president Mirantis@alex_freedland
15Rod DruryCEOXero @roddrury
16Eli FruchterCEOEZchip (Tilera)
17David McCullochSpokespersonCisco@DavidMcCulloch
18Mark LohmeyerVP product management and marketing, Cloud PlatformVMware
19David LokeCEOReadySpace@davidloke
20Michael RehSenior vice president and global head of FinacleInfosys
21Ben OwPresident and CTOStoAmigo
22Harel KodeshVPGE Software
23Anthony DinisCEOVocalcom 
24Nick LippisCo-founder and vice chairmanOpen Networking User Group ( ONUG ) @NickLippis
25Nikolas ContisGlobal directorSiegel+Gale@NikolasContis
26Joe GagnonSVP and global GM, Cloud Solutions Aspect 
27Charlie WoodCountry Manager ANZDropbox, Inc.
28Josh SmithEditor GottaBeMobile.com@Josh_Smith
29Paul HamermanVice PresidentForrester Research@paulhamerman
30Rick HoldenVP of Business Development & AlliancesNetskope
31Sanjeev TyagiVP & Head of Cloud & IP, R&D IndiaEricsson
32Lipjo JosephCofounderShipdesk
33Stephen KleynhansResearch vice presidentGartner@SPKleynhans
34Bill BarneyCEOGlobal Cloud Xchange
35Nicholas TeoStrategistCMC Markets
36Dean DrakoPresident and CEOEagle Eye Networks @DeanDrako
37Whitney BouckSenior vice president and general manager of enterpriseBox @WhitneyBouck
38Michael LetschinField CTONexenta@mletschin
39Graham WilliamsonSenior AnalystKuppingerCole
40Rajat BhargavaCEOJumpCloud Inc.@rajatabhargava
41Chase CunninghamThreat intelligence leadFireHost
42Don CleggVP marketing and business developmentSupermicro
43Peter QuigleyCloud Assurance DirectorPwC
44David CantuCo-Founder & COORedapt@David_Cantu
45Susan LeverittVice president of cloud salesMitel Networks
46Patrick HowardSenior director of cloud solutions and product management Jenne
47Chris OrlandoCo-founder and CSMO ScaleMatrix @ChrisOrlandoSMX
48Nimesh DaveExecutive vice president, global cloud Ingram Micro
49Rami TamirCEO and co-founderRavello Systems@rami_tamir
50Robert VerdamVMware certified expert and consultantbConn ICT @rverdam

NOTE: the Compare the Cloud #CloudInfluence league tables, are based on a broad big data analysis of all major global news, blogs, forums, and social media interaction over the past 90 days. The league tables provide a snapshot taken at a particular point of time of the respective influence of both organisations and individuals over the last quarter. Companies that were particularly active in the given period will feature more prominently.