Scale your Cloud Business with Self-Service Application Delivery

Guest post by James Weir, CTO and Co-Founder, UShareSoft

As the cloud computing market continues to mature, focus is now shifting from the underlying infrastructure to further up in the stack: the application layer. Today, cloud users already benefit from self-service provisioning of compute, network and storage resources through orchestration platforms such as Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator. However, when it comes to cloud software services, the reality is that many users continue to assemble their software stacks by hand.

Manual software delivery hinders a user’s ability to take advantage of the cloud’s benefits in terms of agility. It’s a lengthy process that is prone to errors, and makes it difficult to quickly get your software services up and running on the cloud, or easily update them with new releases and security patches. Furthermore, manual software delivery can mean problems with software governance and compliance, as individual software components and licenses cannot be easily tracked.

To reap the full benefits of cloud, automating the way the software is delivered to the cloud is extremely important.

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Flexiant Experts at World Hosting Day

As a Diamond Sponsor, our team of cloud experts will be on hand at World Hosting Day 2013 starting tomorrow to exhibit our leading cloud management software.

Stop by to see one or both of our expert speaker sessions:

 

1. ‘Why Cloudwashing Must Stop’ presented by founder and product champion, Tony Lucas in the Main.Forum this Thursday at 10:15.

2. ‘Growing a Cloud Services Business Through Resellers’ presented by director of distribution and channels, Brian Garvey, at 17:50 in the Hosting.Forum.

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7 Suggestions to be the 14th Cloud Service Provider to Watch in 2013

Yesterday I posted a blog “SearchCloudComputing’s Cloud Service Providers to Watch in 2013” which featured SearchCloudComputing’s article on “Thirteen cloud service providers to watch in 2013”. In it I highlighted some of examples of where these cloud service providers are offering services that set them apart and ahead of the wider industry.

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Today, I want to offer seven suggestions for ways organizations might differentiate to become the 14th cloud service provider of 2013. Here are Flexiant’s seven suggestions:

1. Industry – Whereas focus can be on the types of service, geographies etc. delivered, cloud service providers can differentiate by serving a particular industry. You can build your services for the government, health care or pharmaceutical companies for example. And by offering a range of services, based on particular industry, you will become extremely valuable because you understand the challenges and pain points of your customers. Amazon is doing something similar having recently launched services targeted at the US Government. Concentrating on a particular industry will help the effectiveness of your go to market strategy.

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SearchCloudComputing’s Cloud Service Providers to Watch in 2013

download our guide to understand opportunities for creating cloud servicesSearchCloudComputing recently published an article “Thirteen cloud service providers to watch in 2013” which focuses on the PaaS and IaaS providers that are keeping the cloud market moving. It begins:

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In this feature, the SearchCloudComputing.com team examines 13 cloud service providers — big and small — that enterprise IT and other cloud consumers should watch in 2013. While these purveyors of cloud may not be trying to go head-to-head with the almighty Amazon Web Service (AWS), they’re making inroads in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings in significant ways. Some of the cloud vendors on this list are well-established in the cloud market; others are just starting to make a name for themselves. And while it’s difficult to predict which vendors will stay on a roll, and which will not, there’s little doubt these 13 cloud service providers have set themselves up to succeed.

Reading through each cloud service provider, I was particularly interested in three:

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How to Handle Remote Support Securely

Over the last year, I’ve focused my attention on positioning the need for cloud orchestration to help service providers grow revenue and secure their slice of the market opportunity. This year, whilst I’ll continue to advocate for orchestration solutions to support cloud and application provisioning, I plan on covering a range of more technical issues within Flexiant. They might be about our software, other software or hardware we use, or the industry in general.

This first post focuses on handling remote support securely.

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Handling Remote Support Securely

News surfaced recently that a number of software vendors, store passwords and SSH keys for remotely accessing customers’ systems as and when needed for support. Unfortunately, this has come to light following hacking attacks on these vendors. As a result, many customer’s servers have been left vulnerable. Beyond being left vulnerable, there is significant damage to the brand and confidence that the vendor delivered; financial and customer loss impacting the business the most.

Selecting vendors that can demonstrate how they are able to securely support customers is increasingly necessary and in many cases will end up on the RFP.

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