Today! Join us for…. ‘Why Federate When You Can Differentiate?’

Today Flexiant’s Founder and Product Champion, Tony Lucas, will be joining The WHIR’s Editor and Chief, Nicole Henderson to present a joint webinar entitled:

“Why Federate When You Can Differentiate?”

This webinar will provide much needed clarity around the strengths, weaknesses and difficulties of implementing a successful cloud federation business model by presenting some of the business and operational challenges.

By attending this webinar, you will learn how to:

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The WHIR Presents Why Federate, When You Can Differentiate?

On the 19th of February at 2:00 p.m. EST/ 7:00 p.m. GMT, I will teaming up with The WHIR Editor Nicole Henderson in the webinar Why Federate, When You Can Differentiate?

I presented a similar topic at Cloud Expo Europe 2013 in which I argued that while federation is a valid strategy for some, it is unlikely to be the most efficient, impactful, or defensible strategy for all. This webinar is a result of the interest this session generated.

With the help of Nicole, I will further clarify my argument by illustrating the strengths, weaknesses and difficulties of implementing a successful, universal cloud federation business model. By attending this webinar you will learn:

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IaaS Compared to Hotels

I was recently reading a blog post SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS, oh my! which discusses the differences between SaaS, PaaS, IaaS. Inspired by this I thought I would author a similar one breaking down IaaS a little more, as not all IaaS platforms are equal by any means, and different ones suit different use cases better.

So to do this, I’m going to compare IaaS to different grades of Hotels and other accommodations.

Luxury Hotel – Your Managed IaaS

At the top end in terms of cost, you have the Luxury Hotel, think Waldorf Astoria or the Ritz. Nothing is too much trouble for these hotel chains to arrange, and they will take care of everything for you. It comes with a considerable price tag though.

I think high end managed service providers are trying to achieve the same level of customer service, satisfaction and comfort, but unfortunately that also comes with a cost. The flip side of this of course is that if you want to do something simple and standard, it may still come at a disproportionate cost. For example in a hotel’s case, if all you want for breakfast is a slice of toast and a coffee, it will still end up costing you £/$20 plus! In a managed service provider’s case, a simple configuration change that a user could do themselves will still take time and money to achieve.

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Top Cloud Bloggers – Updated

Earlier this year I posted about a number of top cloud bloggers. You can read these posts here – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Now I’d like to update this with two additional top cloud blogs. Please let me know if you agree, disagree or have some other cloud bloggers to throw into the mix.

Compare The Cloud@comparethecloud

Compare the Cloud.net is the UK’s first and foremost Cloud service comparison website.

Compare the Cloud is a website that extols the virtues and value of Cloud Computing to businesses and helps companies select services and providers best suited to their needs. Compare the Cloud offers much more than just the means to compare service providers – it is a central hub, information resource and community for all things Cloud and designed specifically for use by businesses seeking to embrace this new form of IT delivery and consumption.

The Compare The Cloud blog combines both insight from its team of editors with posts from organisations working in the cloud. With the wealth of insight it provides, the blog serves as a platform for understanding what is required for your cloud platform and what is not necessarily.

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Flexiant and The WHIR Present A Hosting Company’s Journey into Cloud Services

For over 12 years, I was CEO of XCalibre Communications Ltd., which provided managed hosting services for 9,000+ customers with over 15,000 websites between them. During this time, I recognised the challenges we faced as a business to stay competitive in the ever-changing world of traditional hardware, virtualisation and cloud computing.

XCalibre was the company behind FlexiScale, Europe’s first cloud computing platform, and the World’s first platform to support Windows as well as Linux. In December 2009, recognising the need to further develop this cloud computing platform, I sold the hosting division to Webfusion. This left me free to concentrate on building the cloud division into the independent software company Flexiant.

Over the last three years I have played a significant role in the development and launch of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator, using my understanding of the business challenges facing service providers.

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