A look at clouds and big data trends and history. While Big Data arrived first on the scene -looking at google file system, hadoop, dynamo- Cloud was first in the hyper cycle. Google trends show this clearly. Amazon AWS however has already deployed analytics services on the their cloud while open source IaaS solutions are still struggling to deliver a EC2 clone. Cloud and Big data has three common points: 1-use an EC2 clone and a S3 clone (riakCS, glusterfs etc) to build a cloud 2-Use a big data solutions as a backend to your cloud to provide EBS or large scale image catalogue 3-deploy big data solutions on your cloud with tools like apache whirr, pallet, and newer devops tool chains with vagrant and co.