The Cloud Battle Continues! Arm Yourself with Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator V4.2

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With every release of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator, we aim to set the standard for what service providers can expect from a cloud orchestration solution. Today is no different. Today, we have announced the release of version 4.2 of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator that continues to lead the market with innovative solutions for service providers. Read the full press release.

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Parallels on Where the Cloud is Headed (if you think you know, you’re wrong!)

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Parallels’ Director for Cloud Service Provider Partner Program. Joshua Beil, wrote a blog recently entitled “Newsflash: If You Think You Know Where the Cloud is Headed, You’re Probably Wrong”. The blog echoes our sentiments on needing to build a future-proofed cloud platform that can adapt quickly because flexibility is at its core (You can read our blog on future-proofing using the Apple vs. Nokia example).

Read what Joshua had to say:

[Recently, the] renowned venture capitalist Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures made a few very profound comments about dealing with the uncertainty of technology. Captured in The Virtualization Practice blog, Khosla’s comments can be summarized as follows:

  • You have to optimize for change and adaptability because you cannot know what you are going to face next year.
  • Customers do not have a clue as to where their businesses are going to go, so begin building the systems now that will allow them to react quickly.
  • Plan not to plan; plan to be agile.

So what does this mean for cloud service providers?

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Cloud Can’t Wait: Learn How Other Service Providers are Delivering Cloud

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49% of companies are using cloud to fuel revenue generation or new product creation; and cloud computing is to become the bulk of new IT spending by 2016. There are opportunities to grow your business in specific markets, vertical industries and by targeting specific company departments.

So if you haven’t grabbed the market opportunity for your own business, you need to realize that cloud absolutely cannot wait – check out our latest infographic on the subject.
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Cloud Orchestration Washing: 8 Questions to Ask Your Vendor

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Fortunately for all of us, we have noticed that cloud washing is dying down. However, on the other hand, we have also noticed ‘cloud orchestration’ washing is on the rise. Over the last six months, there have been many announcements on new orchestration solutions most likely because people now recognize you cannot truly have a cloud services market offer without it.

So how does a service provider tell the difference between ‘cloud orchestration washing’ where a vendor puts together a few bits and pieces and names it orchestration vs. a true cloud orchestration solution?

Here are eight questions you should ask your cloud orchestration vendor before signing on the dotted line.

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Advanced Scalability and Availability at Low Cost for Cloud Storage and Orchestration: Tips for Service Providers

Considerations for Cloud Storage and Orchestration
Storage is a widely recognized major, if not main, infrastructure challenge. For many years, service providers could choose only between two network-storage options: local or centralized.

  • Local – With local storage (i.e., disks with the server node), the only way service providers could ensure service continuity was to replicate all data to other devices that could be used in the event of failure. This model did not accommodate all workload types, nor did it adapt to legacy applications. Local storage afforded service providers very little flexibility when managing their storage spaces. It also made live recovery a considerable challenge.
  • Centralized – While centralized network storage (e.g., a Storage Area Network [SAN] or a Network Attached Storage [NAS]) afforded service providers the flexibility and control they needed to deliver storage services, it delivered all resiliency via expensive hardware components, thereby driving up CAPEX and OPEX investments, with SAN and NAS typically being a single point of failure.

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