Whitepaper Wednesday on What You Need to Know for Providing Cloud Services

This whitepaper Wednesday brings you our most popular white paper series ever.  These papers explain everything you need to know about providing cloud services in a swiftly changing market.

  1. 6 Ways Service Providers Can Position Against Private Cloud

The adoption of private cloud threatens the service providers’ bread and butter business. But the benefits of a public cloud infrastructure far outweigh private cloud. So why are businesses choosing private cloud? How should a service provider position itself against the private cloud? Within this paper, you’ll find a list of the arguments against private cloud and the arguments for and including the benefits of public cloud. Also detailed are ways for service providers to ensure they are meeting the requirements of their enterprise customers.

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Whitepaper Wednesday’s Present How to Overcome Barriers to Build an Agile Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud Infrastructure

During our fourth week of Whitepaper Wednesdays, we once again look to offer cloud service providers some resources to help them maximize their business opportunity. Over the next 8 weeks, we’ll highlight some of our best whitepapers (to give hosters, service providers and telcos access to expert thought leadership to help them compete in a changing marketplace.

Whitepaper Wednesday – How to Overcome the Barriers to Building an Agile Cloud Infrastructure

The cloud is not a disruptive technology threat; it is a market opportunity. By being more agile, able to scale and by playing to their strengths, service providers can use the cloud to not only consolidate their existing revenue streams, but create many new revenue opportunities too.

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Container Technology Can Simplify Your Cloud Infrastructure Operations

We have recently announced the full integration of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator with Parallels Cloud Server virtualization. This is really exciting news. Today I want to answer some questions about container technology, but first call out two things it allows us to do:

  1. Integrate with Parallels container technology
  2. Use container technology to simplify day-to-day tasks for running cloud infrastructures

On to a few questions.

Container Technology

What is a container?

Before I discuss why I think containers offer such an advantage to the service provider, I want to define in my opinion, what is a container.

  • It’s a way to encapsulate services that share the same physical/virtual host but do it so these can be in isolation from one another.
  • It creates an abstraction layer for disk, network and compute which removes all previous knowledge of where the container was hosted.
  • Depending on the technology underneath, containers offer a very minimal overhead in performance and resource utilization.

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Flexiant’s Role in FP7 MOVESMART Project

Today we announced our involvement in the multi-national FP7 MOVESMART project to provide the cloud infrastructure and orchestration platform for the research consortium.

movesmart

MOVESMART aims to provide route mapping and flexible personal mobility services using a set of crowd-sourcing tools for collecting real-time information by multimodal travelers. At the core of MOVESMART is a hierarchical urban-traffic infrastructure that is hosted and maintained by cloud architecture. The project will enhance transport integration by working with electric car manufacturers, service providers and public authorities to create workable examples of the technology in two major cities with different profiles in terms of size and complexity of their transport network. Using real-time personalized mobility services based on crowd-sourced information from travelers, MOVESMART will gather anonymous data using either mobile data or via simple portable devices.

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How Cloud.dk built a scalable cloud infrastructure

This week, we completed work on a customer case study for Cloud.dk, Denmark’s first and leading public cloud provider. In it, project manager Maja Lokkegaard explained that Cloud.dk provides the Danish market with a Danish hosted, KVM-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform, competing with the international offerings from Amazon and Rackspace. She then goes on to explain how Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator has allowed the Company to provide a highly flexible platform at a cost effective price.

Highly Flexible
Flexibility was one of the key requirements of Cloud.dk when it began looking for a cloud orchestration provider. Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator allows Cloud.dk to tailor its services to meet the individual requirements of its clients. The software allows the Company to add its own features, thus letting it find its own competitive edge and the option to combine pre-paid and post-paid billing options on the platform. It also allows them to, ‘add reseller specific services and product software.’ From a technical point of view, they are also happy with the v2.0 addition of multi-node and multi-cluster control.
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