Posts from Simon Freedman

One Service Provider Problem Solved

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Scale Out
Service providers have a problem. Do they deploy a standard cloud management solution, similar to some competitors, that does not include customization or differentiation capabilities? Do they become a ‘me-too’ offering? To avoid this, do they spend time, money and resource trying to develop a bespoke cloud management solution? The answer to all of these is a resounding no.
You, the service provider need to identify a way either to get to market quickly, if you are not already, or to truly play in the market to gain market share. But the need for speed should not mean sacrificing functionality or the ability to future proof the cloud platform. If it does, then the risk of commoditization and not meeting customers’ requirements is high. A generic and non-differentiated platform will not help you get ahead in this fiercely competitive market.

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Public Cloud Customers Want a Mature API and Partner Ecosystems

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Cloud Market

Earlier this month we published ‘A Guide: How to Build IaaS Your Customers Want’ to highlight Janakiram MSV GigaOm report, ‘Infrastructure-as-a-Service basics: a guide for IT pros’, in which he lists the top 10 factors for customers to consider when choosing an IaaS platform. Two of the requirements that cloud customers want – a mature API and partner ecosystems. Want to know how Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator stakes up against these criteria so service providers can understand the full breadth of our product?

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Public Cloud Customers Want Platform Completeness and Choice

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Future of Cloud

Earlier this month we published ‘A Guide: How to Build IaaS Your Customers Want’ to highlight Janakiram MSV recently published GigaOm report, ‘Infrastructure-as-a-Service basics: a guide for IT pros’, in which he lists the top 10 factors for customers to consider when choosing an IaaS platform. Two of the requirements that cloud customers want – platform completeness and choice. Want to know how Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator stakes up against these criteria so service providers can understand the full breadth of our product?
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A Guide: How to Build IaaS Your Customers Want

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Whitepaper Wednesday

As the public cloud market continues to mature, and the number of service providers offering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) grows, customers are faced with more choice than ever before. As a result, service providers’ customers are increasingly savvy about what to look for when selecting an IaaS provider. Having a clear view of what criteria your potential cloud customers are basing their decisions on, and choosing a cloud orchestration and management platform that is designed to satisfy these criteria, is essential if you are to succeed in this space.

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

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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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