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?
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.
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.
When reading the Rackspace news the other week, I wondered to myself how many service providers were thinking – “If Rackspace, a billion dollar company, cannot compete with Amazon, then how can I?” The answer is you can’t! Now for those of you who follow Flexiant, this comment will come as a surprise, but hear me out first.
First, let’s look at Rackspace the business. The board is clearly putting pressure on it – a few months ago, it was up for sale, now instead with this announcement, it is shifting into higher margin services. Why? Because the business never found its position in the market and even Rackspace’s president, Taylor Rhodes, admitted Amazon whupped the company in an article appropriately entitled – “Rackspace president: Amazon whupped us. But now we’ve got a plan.”
Today we continue our goal of helping service providers maximize the cloud service opportunity during the third week of our Whitepaper Wednesday’s series. Over the next 10 weeks, we’ll highlight some of our best whitepapers (and even webinars) every Wednesday to give hosters, service providers and telcos access to expert thought leadership to help them compete in a changing marketplace.
Whitepaper Wednesday – How Service Providers Can Compete Against Amazon
The first point is if you want to compete on pricing, then don’t try – just look to the Rackspace news for more on that! The thing is you can compete against Amazon, it’s just how you go about doing it.