Verizon is shutting down two public cloud services and telling users to move their workloads by April 12, 2016 according to @Kennwhite’s Tweet from February 11.
Verizon will discontinue its Public Cloud Reserved Performance and Marketplace services. As an alternative Verizon will offer its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to customers. Verizon says VPC provides the cost effectiveness of a multi-tenant public cloud, but includes added levels of configuration, control and support. It claims this will improve isolation and control for more advanced businesses. Customers that don’t move face data loss as Verizon warns that no data or content will be retained.
Looking to offer cloud to your clients without the large capital expenses associated with building and maintaining your own infrastructure? Alternatively, are you looking to resell your public cloud services? We’ve put together a library of resources that offer advice for cloud providers wanting to resell services. You’ll get tips on the ‘must haves’ needed to support a reseller channel, see questions you need to ask before partnering with a provider and learn how some companies are already doing it.
96 percent of resellers now offer some form of IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) to their customers to a greater or lesser degree, according to global research.
Confusing relationships with telcos and cloud service providers are a thing of the past. Users of cloud services want clear and simple relationships with their vendors according to the Future of Cloud Computing study by North Bridge. Three in four companies are using direct or credit card channels with cloud vendors; possibly because when choosing a cloud vendor there is a 50-50 split between ad hoc relationships vs. as part of a strategic plan.
Now consider that 75% of companies are using less than 10 vendors – showing that less is more when it comes to cloud. The reason for this? Cloud expertise matters. 45.9% choose multiple vendors because of their capabilities.
We asked our in-house Flexiant cloud experts what they expect to see from cloud computing in 2016. Here are some of our thoughts.
1. Containers become mainstream
In 2016, enterprises will embrace containers and start shifting production workloads onto them. They’ll also start more projects to “containerize” their legacy apps with similar enthusiasm as when they visualized their legacy apps from bare metal.
As we all celebrated the beginning of 2016, many of us made New Year’s resolutions – lose weight, get organized, spend less, save more, enjoy life, stay fit. As I get back into the swing of things today, I started to think about the New Year’s resolutions you might make a work, and particularly related to Infrastructure as a Service – and the impact it may have on telcos and service providers.
As we begin 2016, how many organizations are taking a step back to look at their infrastructure and decide if this is the year to move to the cloud, is a hybrid approach best, is a multi-cloud approach better? This review of resources marks an opportunity for growth, or, for many telcos and service providers, the reality of lost customers.