Smart service providers are already gaining reach through other organizations’ existing relationships and resources by maximizing resellers’ vertical and industry-specific expertise and geographic coverage without requiring heavy investment in sales and marketing. Cloud service providers should consider expanding services through the reseller model. This model offers huge possibilities in terms of revenue growth without significant investment to build your own resources and presence.
We asked the question can reselling propel you into the cloud and beyond in our latest infographic. The answer is yes, see why…
In November, we launched Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator V4 which introduced a major new feature, plugins, which fundamentally changes both how our software can be used and the ease with which third party solutions can be integrated with Flexiant. To showcase how plugins can be used by service providers, I’ve started a blog series to demonstrate just how easy it is to use our plugin feature to offer new services and functionality for your cloud services business.
I previously blogged about replicating a new AWS feature in 100 lines of Lua. Today I’m continuing our series by discussing Chef and how we used plugins to support the platform.
Chef is a platform for automating the management of infrastructure by turning it into code (using Recipes and Cookbooks no less!). It enables complete automation of the configuration of infrastructure, operating systems and the applications running on them to reduce time to delivery, complexity and enable management at scale.
We are big fans of the concept behind configuration tools like Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt and others and over time want to support as many of these as we can within Flexiant’s software. We chose Chef first because its methodology and capabilities were ideally suited as our ‘guinea pig’ for testing the integration concept. In addition, Chef has a wide ecosystem of existing contributed recipes and cookbooks that are available for configuring large amounts of different services (hence the title of the blog post!).
We do intend to deliver support for the others listed above over time as well though.
What is the year ahead all about? For many service providers 2014 is the year to enter the cloud services market and seize the opportunity of the decade. But who do you have to be to be successful? Don’t miss tomorrow’s must attend webinar that answers this questions – Register for the webinar now.
The webinar includes three speakers that offer their unique experiences including Rob Lovell, CEO of ThinkGrid and Director at Colt Ceano, part of Colt Technology Services, Michael Coté, Research Director at 451 Research and Tony Lucas, SVP Product at Flexiant.
Rob Lovell, CEO of ThinkGrid and Director at Colt Ceano, part of Colt Technology Services. Rob is responsible for launching one of the fastest growing new entrants into the cloud services arena in 2013. Rob and his team launched the Ceano services for the telecom company Colt, from a standing start in May, in a matter of months. Since launch in May these services have rapidly expanded internationally and now cover the entire USA, most of Europe and beyond. The energy and insights that Rob brings to every discussion are highly motivating, practical and useful.
What does the year ahead hold for service providers? For many, 2014 is the year to enter the cloud services market and seize the opportunity of the decade. But who do you have to be to be successful? What capabilities do you need to bring to market? What changes will make you effective? What products and services do you need to create and launch? To help existing and emerging cloud service providers gain actionable insight into how they can succeed in 2014, Flexiant has assembled a unique panel of experts for a ‘not to be missed’ webinar. Register here.
Today we put the spotlight on Michael Coté, Research Director, Infrastructure Software at 451 Research, previously of Dell.
Michael Coté heads up the Infrastructure Software practice at 451 Research focusing on everything from the hypervisor to the application layer. In addition to covering application development, systems management, VDI, cloud management and platforms, he also closely follows the business of software — including product management and marketing; strategy and M&A; and the tectonic moves of vendors and communities in the technology world.
Michael will provide the insights from his personal experience and those of 451 Research. Prior to joining 451 Research, he worked at Dell in various strategy roles — in corporate strategy, where he helped launch the software group; heading up the internal incubation program; leading Dell’s cross-company cloud strategy; and finally, running the portfolio strategy team for the Dell Software Group.
Michael not only follows avidly the technology advances in our industry, but he has a bias towards trying to understand how these translate into business opportunity and industry movement.
Today we announced our work with Africa Cloud Services to facilitate its plans to expand into the African market. Recognizing the need for service providers to meet customer demands for bespoke cloud services, Flexiant and Africa Cloud Services will work together to capture the cloud opportunity in Africa and West Africa.
Africa Cloud Services reviewed several other vendors and found Flexiant to be very flexible, time to market and time to deploy to customers was quick, the robustness of the platform and the ability to white label proved exceptional.
We asked Oswald Osaretin Guobadia, Managing Director of Africa Cloud Services to put into his own words why he is working with Flexiant. Watch the video now.