Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is an up‐and‐coming service that can nicely round out a cloud provider’s product portfolio. DRaaS is a low‐cost alternative to expensive and often unwieldy traditional disaster recovery options. But cloud disaster recovery services are more than just cloud storage; they encompass planning, process, integration, testing and constant vigilance.More +
Few cloud providers want to go head‐to‐head with Amazon. But when it came to cloud CDN
services, executives at cloud software vendor OnApp believe they had one advantage over the
online behemoth: OnApp’s installed base of more than 400 service providers.
In the last installment of this three‐part tip series on the evolution of cloud
federation, network services expert Rebecca Wetzel explains how Tier 3, an Infrastructure as a
Service (IaaS) provider and cloud‐software vendor, is using cloud federation to enable partner
providers to expand their service footprints without buying or leasing new data center space.
Federated clouds enable providers to join forces to improve their individual prospects for long‐
term growth and sustainability ‐‐ positioning them to compete against industry giants like
Amazon or Google.
As critical applications are born in or move to the cloud, leaving their performance
unmonitored is as ill‐advised as leaving a baby without a sitter.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will eventually become a commodity, but that isn’t necessarily
catastrophic news for cloud providers. They can and should seek higher margins and new
revenue streams by adding managed services that complement a soon‐to‐be‐humdrum cloud
Describing itself as a “cloud‐capacity clearinghouse,” SpotCloud entered the cloud federation
market in 2010 as a brokerage service enabling Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers to
federate their resources and sell excess computing capacity to buyers seeking regional cloud
providers for batch jobs.
When customers migrate critical applications to the cloud, they expect cloud computing
performance to be impeccable. Yet when enterprises relinquish ownership of and control over
the underlying infrastructure, it is hard for them to feel confident that applications will perform
well enough to make users productive and happy.
IT managers like a fiefdom to control, and this proclivity is a barrier to cloud adoption. Cloud providers should recognize and overcome this barrier […]More +