451 Research’s Take on Flexiant Concerto

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This month we launched Flexiant Concerto, the simple solution to multi-cloud workload management and portability. 451 Research analyst William Fellows recently spoke with us and got to see the platform in action.

The 451 Take is:

Flexiant is extending its opportunity from the creation of IaaS services using Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator to the management and orchestration of multiple cloud services with Concerto. Rightly believing that this will be a multiplayer, multi-model sourcing world, it is delivering the ability for MSPs and telcos to manage workloads across multiple cloud vendors and geographies.

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Service Providers: Take Better Advantage of the Evolution of Cloud

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We recently highlighted five trends from Gartner that we think service providers need to consider for their 2015 business plan. This post focuses on the third trend listed, ‘Cloud/Client Computing’, and its relevance for service providers looking to take better advantage of the opportunities the evolution of the cloud market presents.

As the line between cloud and mobile computing gets ever thinner, it is becoming increasingly vital that applications can be accessed on any device. As Gartner puts it:

“In the near term, the focus for cloud/client will be on synchronizing content and application state across multiple devices and addressing application portability across devices. Over time, applications will evolve to support simultaneous use of multiple devices.”
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The Rise of the Next Generation Software Developers

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Last week I blogged about legacy vs. next generation apps and why service providers need to consider both of these strategies for growth. Today I’m looking at the rise of the next generation software developers.

Instead of prolonged IT decision making processes that slow down innovation, software developers are now empowered to innovate quickly. With that new found empowerment comes a demand for automation. Developers want to focus on their core business logic instead of spending time with repeatable operations, such as installing and configuring the development environment. They want to consume components of their applications as-a-service wherever these aren’t part of their core business logic; these include for example database, storage, load balancing, DNS, caching, notification or messaging services.

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Computing Everywhere and IoT: What’s the opportunity for Service Providers?

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Last week we highlighted five trends from Gartner that we think service providers need to consider for their 2015 business plan. Today, we delve into two of them – computing everywhere and the Internet of Things (IoT) – offering some positioning and advice for service providers.

The past few years has seen phenomenal growth in the range and number of devices providing us with Internet connectivity. We can now access whatever we want, whenever we want it. We are ‘computing everywhere’ – on our smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops – so long as it has Internet connectivity. With nearly 3 billion Internet users today up from 14 million in 1993 according to Internet Live Stats, and the prediction that the smartphone market is set to grow to  1.75 billion in 2014 accoridng to eMarketer, computing everywhere is only on the rise.
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Legacy vs. Next Generation Apps

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Service providers want to profit from the cloud today. Two strategies up for consideration are:

  • Focus on migrating existing workloads (a focus on legacy apps)
  • Attract new workloads (a focus on next generation apps)

Here we compare legacy vs. next generation applications so service providers can start to position themselves in the market for growth.

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