As we wind up the first half of 2014, we’ve noticed a sharp rise in demand for IaaS cloud orchestration showing that service providers are more prepared and ready for adoption this year than last.
Cloud orchestration serves as the principle foundation layer for service providers to launch cloud services on their own infrastructure. Clearly, one cannot launch their own cloud on their own infrastructure without this primary building block before ultimately arriving at the attractive shiny SaaS and PaaS solutions. Telcos, service providers and hosting companies require this core ability to orchestrate, from one UI, all the compute and networking power necessary to launch a local cloud. With this ability, these telcos, service providers and hosters now can offer customers an alternative to the norm or defacto– Amazon Web Services (AWS), the undisputed King of Cloud.
We talk a lot about opening new revenue streams so service providers can make more money. One area I’ve come across recently as a missed opportunity is pay-as-you-go (PAYG) cloud computing.
Long-term renting is always more expensive than full ownership, but for sporadic short sharp bursts renting provides a more economical approach. You wouldn’t rent a car every day of the year vs. full car ownership, but if you need one for just a week or a few days, or even a few hours then renting wins the cost benefit argument.