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.
Next generation applications are the next big cloud revenue generating opportunity for managed service providers and telcos. To service these apps, born in the cloud and for the cloud, service providers need to make the lives of next generation app developers easier by saving them time and allowing them to focus on their core business logic.
I’m so excited. Last Wednesday Flexiant announced the acquisition of the Tapp technology platform and business. I met the guys behind it quite a while ago and I have never refrained from remarking how great their technology is (see here). I recognized a trend in their way of addressing the cloud management problem and I’m so glad to be part of it right now.
Disclaimer. I am currently the Vice President, Products at Flexiant. I have endorsed this acquisition and am fully behind the reasons and convinced of the potential of it. This is my personal blog and whatever you read here has not been agreed with my employer in advance and therefore it represents my very personal opinion.
Right after the acquisition (read more about it here) we heard tremendous noise on social networks and the press. David Meyer (@superglaze) of GigaOm in particular wrote up a few interesting comments and he picked up well the reasoning behind it, but he also ended the article with an open question:
We believe that MSP’s are uniquely placed to capture cloud revenue and opportunity and that this market has been underserved. MSPs do not have the range of enabling software solutions needed to maximize their market position.
With their unique customer first view of service delivery rather than technology first, MSPs have a deep understanding of their customers’ business priorities and critical SLAs. Equally MSPs are expert at managing, on behalf of their customers, multiple, competing IT vendor relationships. It is a natural extension to this customer relationship to also offer customer services to transition to the cloud and to manage multiple cloud service providers. At the moment there are limited solutions to help the MSP manage the cloud services provider. This however is changing with our announcement today.
Today we have announced our acquisition of the Tapp multi-cloud management technology and business from Besol Sl that includes all staff and customers and a Seville based development center.