Public Cloud Customers Want Platform Completeness and Choice

Future of Cloud

Earlier this month we published ‘A Guide: How to Build IaaS Your Customers Want’ to highlight Janakiram MSV recently published GigaOm report, ‘Infrastructure-as-a-Service basics: a guide for IT pros’, in which he lists the top 10 factors for customers to consider when choosing an IaaS platform. Two of the requirements that cloud customers want – platform completeness and choice. Want to know how Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator stakes up against these criteria so service providers can understand the full breadth of our product?
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Whitepaper Wednesday’s Present Public Cloud Step-by-Step

Whitepaper Wednesday

As the summer winds down this week with the last of the holidays, vacations and some even heading back to school, we bring you our sixth Whitepaper Wednesday. Designed to help service providers maximize the cloud service opportunity, our whitepapers look to deliver valuable insight when growing a cloud business.

Many service providers are claiming that they offer cloud services. But are they actually offering ‘cloud’ services – the provisioning of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and managed services on an on-demand basis? In this comprehensive step-by-step guide we explore what service providers need to do to capture the cloud market and to not lose foothold to private cloud deployments.
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Three 2014 Cloud Trends and How Service Providers Can Measure Up

At the start of this year, GigaOm Research published its Top 10 cloud trends for 2014. Mid-way through the year, I thought I’d have a look to see where we are stacking up against some of these trends. While I could comment on all of them, I focused on three of them today: Cloud Market

  1. Maturity of the public cloud platforms

GigaOm of course starts by mentioning that Amazon has dominated the public cloud IaaS market – we all know that. However, I love this first trend because of this quote: “But as history has shown, no single player can dominate the industry forever. 2014 will be the year that Amazon meets its real competitors and customers get viable alternatives.” This is a great quote because it is true. Already AWS is in a fight for its life as noted in another GigaOm article. History does show that when you are on top, there is only one place to go.  Amazon competitors include other enterprise giants – Microsoft, Google, VMware, SAP and IBM – but it also includes non-giant hosting providers, telcos and managed service providers.
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Death of Private Cloud: We Know, But Do You?

Recently there has been an uptake in news articles debating the inevitable death of private cloud. One article that I found particularly insightful was ‘The End of Private Cloud – 5 Stages of Loss and Grief.’ John Treadway, SVP at Cloud Technology Partners writes:

Dead end to private cloud

“It’s not today, or tomorrow, but sometime in the not too distant future the bulk of the on-premise private cloud market is going to shrivel into a little raisin and die. A very small number of very large companies will operate private clouds that will be, by an large, poor substitutes for the services available in public clouds. However, they will be good enough for these companies for some percentage of their workloads.”

In the article, John looked at the five stages of loss and grief for private clouds. It’s a great read so I highly suggest having a look. For the purposes of this blog, I’m skipping to the fifth stage, acceptance:

“Not everyone will get here. Many have already, coming to the early conclusion that the future is and will be in the public clouds. Those that do get here before everybody else will have more opportunity, more reward, more fulfillment. The late arrivals may have to find other careers – like today’s laid-off mainframe programmer looking for a job at Facebook, it ain’t gonna happen dude. Many a former techie has found fulfillment and happiness in other fields – I even know one who went back to medical school and is a practicing oncologist. Pretty cool, eh? Even Julia Child didn’t start cooking until she was 50 – so your second career is nothing to fear!

In any event, once you understand that the public cloud is the future – and when you are over the denial, anger, bargaining and depression – you can start to make plans.”

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Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Magic Quadrant

Out this month is the Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Magic Quadrant. Most of us can predict the findings – Amazon Web Services is the leader and other big brands such as Rackspace, HP, IBM, Dimension Data, Verizon and Joyent are all named.

Amazon Web Services

What I found interesting was the summary of vendor profiles, strengths and cautions. In it, the report cautions us to keep some key points in mind. There were a number of points focusing on storage and security, but here, in my own words, are a few I found interesting:

  • All the vendors offer public cloud.
  • Most focus on solving the needs of traditional IT operations.
  • They all offer high SLAs regarding infrastructure, performance and compute availability.
  • Most of the providers off self-service, front-end load balancing.
  • All of the vendors offer a portal and self-service mechanism. This also includes hierarchical administration and role-based access control.
  • The providers have the ability to support sophisticated billing (well maybe sophisticated is too strong a word).

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