5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator

Cloud Services

Yesterday we brought you five things you didn’t know about Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator to showcase how using a cloud management solution can help you differentiate, innovate and make more money! Today, we bring you five more things you didn’t know about Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator.
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Enhanced APIs, Widgets and IP Address Management for Cloud Orchestration

Cloud Services

Innovation is at the heart of every cloud service provider’s business – how to innovate to get more customers, how to provide a service like no other, how to differentiate. That’s exactly why at Flexiant, we are constantly adding new features to Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator, the number one solution for service providers to arm themselves with a platform to turn innovative ideas into revenue generating services quickly and easily.
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Cloud Orchestration Washing: 8 Questions to Ask Your Vendor

Cloud Orchestration Ventor

Fortunately for all of us, we have noticed that cloud washing is dying down. However, on the other hand, we have also noticed ‘cloud orchestration’ washing is on the rise. Over the last six months, there have been many announcements on new orchestration solutions most likely because people now recognize you cannot truly have a cloud services market offer without it.

So how does a service provider tell the difference between ‘cloud orchestration washing’ where a vendor puts together a few bits and pieces and names it orchestration vs. a true cloud orchestration solution?

Here are eight questions you should ask your cloud orchestration vendor before signing on the dotted line.

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

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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Cloud Orchestration: An Enabler Technology

Cloud orchestration has been named one of five enabler technologies by Deloitte in its Tech Trends 2014 report. An enabler technology is where companies have already invested time and effort, but it warrants another look because of new developments or opportunities.

Deloitte LogoThe report discusses primarily what the CIO and enterprise needs to do to orchestrate the cloud. Because we are service provider focused, here are the relevant points we think you’d find most interesting.  

Established cloud providers are creating storefronts of complementary cloud solutions, which make choosing and buying an expanding inventory of services easier. But we are still in the early days of this expansion, and integration often remains the buyer’s problem. Over time, technical compatibility within a vendor’s stack should become less challenging.  

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