Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator V2.0 Demo- Why you should attend!

Join our upcoming public demonstration of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator V2.0, Europe’s leading cloud orchestration software on Thursday 8th November, 2012 4 – 5PM BST. This is the first demonstration, which will now be occurring fortnightly.

We will take you through a live deployment, running on our servers, and show you how to get your customers up and running in minutes, not hours or days.

 

Our intention is to demonstrate how easy it is to add customisation to your branding and product configurations for your customers. We will then show how easy it is to add new customers and configure their service. Following from there, we will show how a customer can then login, provision, manage and deploy:

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Will Telcos be the Big Cloud Winners?

Stop and think about it for only a few minutes and you may conclude that telcos have many advantages when it comes to the creation and monetization of cloud services.

Network – the capex cost of creating data centres is small in comparison to the cost of creating carrier networks. As a result, existing telcos will remain critical to the cloud services supply chain. This gives them advantages since they are likely to benefit from the general increase in cloud services as the ‘data anywhere on any device’ continues to build momentum. Furthermore, if they choose to enter the cloud services arena, they may have cost and technology advantages as a result of owning these networks.

Data centres – telco operators have significant, sunk capex investment in existing data centres and decades of experience in running and operating these data centres. Indeed many have a history of providing hosted services to clients within these data centres. This means that the investment required to develop, launch and manage cloud services is likely to be an order of magnitude smaller than that of new entrants.

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What is Cloud Orchestration?

As with the ever-elusive single definition of the ‘cloud’, there seem to be just as many definitions of cloud orchestration. This is part of the fun of being in a young industry. As innovation builds on innovation, the goal posts and definitions move. Cloud orchestration is no exception. Since cloud orchestration is effectively the glue that binds the cloud together and enables it to deliver on its promises, its definition is intrinsically linked to that of cloud computing. As people’s expectations and realisations evolve of what cloud computing should do, the definition of cloud orchestration will also.

To kick things off, here’s a few definitions that have been bandied about:

“automation, allowing public private, and hybrid clouds to operate with elasticity, scale, and efficiency to move at the ‘Speed of the Cloud’” (Source: Zenoss)

Or:

“simply facilitating the programmatic provisioning and de-provisioning of resources necessary for a cloud infrastructure” (Source: O’Reilly)

 

 

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SlideShare

As our digital presence and content production continues to grow, SlideShare became the next logical platform to utilise. In case you were unaware, SlideShare allows users to upload and watch presentations. It is a useful way to access a variety of content, learn about new topics and interact.

If you want to find out more about building an IaaS cloud, or perhaps you missed our latest metering and billing webinar, follow our Flexiant SlideShare account.

We always want to hear your thoughts, so let us know what presentations you would like to see.

 

 

IDC Predicts Public Cloud Services to Surpass $100bn in 2016

We’ve been claiming this is the decade of the service provider – now IDC released its Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2012-2016 Forecast which provides evidence to support our claim.


Public cloud services, defined by IDC as “an offering designed for, and commercially offered to, a largely unrestricted marketplace of potential users,” will surpass $100bn (£62bn) in 2016. The forecast shows that by year end spending across the globe will reach $40bn as the market grows at five times the rate of the IT industry as a whole.

 

Additionally, IDC predicts that IT cloud services will account for 16 per cent of IT revenue in applications, system infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, servers and basic storage by 2016.

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