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Liaison Technologies: Cloud Services Brokers Drive Success | Cloud Services Broker content from Talkin' Cloud

If Liaison Technologies' success is anything to go on, it's clear the cloud services broker (CSB) model is destined for greatness. CSBs drove 60 percent of Liaison's year-over-year growth.
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Cloud supplier lock-in – our experience

Businesses are shying away from putting their data in the Cloud over fears they may become locked in to one supplier.

Vendor lock-in is a situation in which a customer using a product or service cannot easily transition to a competitor. Vendor lock-in is usually the result of proprietary technologies that are incompatible with those of competitors. However, it can also be caused by inefficient processes or contract constraints, among other things.
Fear of vendor lock-in
As reported the fear of vendor lock-in is often cited as a major obstacle to cloud service adoption. Firstly, there is the question of why a company chooses to migrate to the cloud. Very often it is to reduce the amount of physical infrastructure that they have to keep and maintain.
Secondly, there is the question of how they could possibly migrate within the cloud. The complexities of cloud service migration mean that many customers stay with a provider that doesn’t meet their needs, just to avoid the cumbersome and risky process of moving.
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The 'third platform' is driving IT growth

The 'third platform' is driving IT growth | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it

“Cloud services consumption will expand beyond IT to the business user as the cloud evolves into a cloud brokerage-based delivery model,” says IDC’s Graham Barr. ”Being a cloud broker will not be limited to the service provider. CIOs can also take advantage of this model to become enterprise service brokers of both IT and business services.”

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Gravitant: What to Look for in a Cloud Brokerage Enabler | Cloud Services Broker content from Talkin' Cloud

Not all cloud brokerage enablers are providing the same level of service. Gravitant aims to define what cloud brokers should be looking for in their enabling partners.
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CompatibleOne has a shorter list of criteria for a CSB enabler:

offer a comprehensive, standardized, simple and secure REST API which enables organizations to build the brokerage services they want.

 

This API must be able to expose and manage automated multi cloud provisioning (IaaS, PaaS ,SaaS, XaaS) plus SLA, monitoring/billing allowing to control and measure the workloads deployed.

 

Finally such an enabler has to be an open source and open standards based software in order to guarantee the transparency and trustworthiness of the brokerage, and to lower the barriers to entry to the CSB market.

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DSI, et si vous deveniez Cloud Broker ?

La DSI se positionnera peu à peu comme un Cloud broker proposant à ses utilisateurs (clients finaux, collaborateurs, équipes projets IT) des services accessibles au travers de portails et offrant les moyens techniques (intégration, sécurité, pilotage) et humains (conseil, support) nécessaires pour garantir l'usage de ces services dans de bonnes conditions. Son rôle consistera à trouver les solutions offrant le meilleur équilibre entre adéquation aux besoins et attractivité économique en veillant à conserver l'agilité nécessaire pour changer de fournisseur en cas d'offres plus performantes apparaissant sur le marché.

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DSI, Et si vous essayiez CompatibleOne?

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The Dual Advantage of Multi-Cloud Toolkits - Rackspace Developer Center

The Dual Advantage of Multi-Cloud Toolkits - Rackspace Developer Center | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
The goal of using a multi-cloud toolkit is avoiding cloud vendor lock-in. I examined why avoiding vendor lock-in is important in Keep the Cloud …
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Open source cloud will outshine AWS, says OpenStack founder

Open source cloud will outshine AWS, says OpenStack founder | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
OpenStack open source cloud will dominate Amazon Web Services (AWS) in three to five years, says founder Jim Curry. The Rackspace VP also explains the importance of bare-metal clouds.
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When to use Google cloud instead of Amazon Web Services

When to use Google cloud instead of Amazon Web Services | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
Late last year Google finally took the beta wrapping off of Google Compute Engine (GCE), the company's infrastructure as a service cloud platform it's aiming to take on Amazon Web Services with. Today, consultants at Cloudyn, a firm that helps customers optimize their public cloud usage, say GCE has matured to a point that's it's not only ready for enterprises to use it, but for some applications it could be a better destination to run workloads compared to AWS for price and performance.
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GCE, AWS, AZURE, RackSpace, etc...  With the CompatibleOne platform you are able to choose, measure and change whenever you want according to your own criteria (performances and/or costs)  and your own agenda.

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IT | Become a Broker of Cloud Technologies to Your Organization

IT can become a broker of cloud technologies. There is no one-size fits all approach to your cloud strategy. Get more perspectives on cloud here: http://cs.c...
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Cisco launches Minority Report for CIOs 

 

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Managed Application Service Providers emerge as Cloud Service Brokers

Now that enterprises are beginning to deploy a broad range of cloud services to meet varying needs, it is becoming apparent there is a significant amount of work associated with using the services that was not previously understood. Cloud integration, customization and management have become complex, reducing some of the benefits of using cloud infrastructure. But more importantly, the complexity prevents organizations from exploring the opportunities to integrate various cloud services and associated features.
Jean-Pierre Laisne's insight:

CompatibleOne is fully in sync with Tricore's vision. MSPs have a great future if they turn their business into a the CSB business. CompatibleOne can help them by providing the technical means to make this vision a reality.

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IO launches an OpenStack cloud running on open source servers

IO launches an OpenStack cloud running on open source servers | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
IO, which is known for its modular data center designs and specialized data center management software, is getting into the cloud provider space with a new service called IO.Cloud.
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Cisco Goes Hybrid With Intercloud | Light Reading

New software, part of Cisco's broadening cloud portfolio, increases interoperability between datacenters and cloud service providers.
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Cloud management player RightScale lays off 10 percent of its staff

Cloud management player RightScale lays off 10 percent of its staff | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
Cloud management is hip, and that means RightScale has competition to deal with. The company has laid off 10 percent of its workers.
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Cloud brokers: Stretching the benefits beyond IT -- FCW

Cloud brokers: Stretching the benefits beyond IT -- FCW | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
Brokers are becoming an integral part of helping the public sector realize the full benefits of cloud technology.
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IBM looks to end the OpenStack wars with Jumpgate -- a bridge to public clouds

IBM looks to end the OpenStack wars with Jumpgate -- a bridge to public clouds | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
As OpenStack grows, public clouds want to make money by supporting it more. IBM has whipped up a way to connect private clouds running OpenStack and external public clouds.
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Once again IBM takes the problem the right way. It is both good for their business and good for the community.

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Need a Cloud Service? Ask a Broker

Need a Cloud Service? Ask a Broker | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
As more agencies move to the cloud, some consider an alternative path to getting there.
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Ask a Broker ... or Ask CompatibleOne 

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Does Price Reduction Necessarily Drive Cloud Consumption?

Does Price Reduction Necessarily Drive Cloud Consumption? | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
Agility, not cost, drives cloud consumptions

 

Cloud providers looking to accelerate their cloud consumption should focus more on automation and providing new services instead of only worrying about their prices.  Plugging their services into a cloud broker platform will instantly expose their services and drive cloud adoption.

Cloud consumers, on the other hand, will need to figure out how to manage this exponential cloud consumption while simultaneously running their private data centers.  Cloud broker platforms again solve this problem by offering consumers a single pane of glass to design and manage both their own private data centers and public cloud deployments.  Moreover, these platforms also offer command and control, and governance capabilities to help curb spend, enable agility and reduce risks while maintaining IT integrity.

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Brilliant article from Ilyas (as usual)

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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, February 5, 2014 2:47 AM

Demonstrates that IaaS is quickly becoming yet another commodity. It does not affect the business anymore. So, it all becomes about services. ill we have the same as in the airline business, two categories, the RyanAirs and the Singapore Airlines? Some that just look at costs, while others look at service. And as a user, you'll use the most appropriate for the task.

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How do you select a cloud provider? | Cloud Technology Partners

How do you select a cloud provider? | Cloud Technology Partners | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
An insiders guide to how to choose a cloud provider and implement the best cloud solution for your project.
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IO Launches Open-Source IO.Cloud Service | NewsFactor Network

IO Launches Open-Source IO.Cloud Service | NewsFactor Network | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
There's another cloud out there. Modular data center provider IO Data Centers is launching an OpenStack-based cloud service, called IO.Cloud, to run on Open Compute servers.
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Multi-Cloud Deployments – Proceed with Caution (1 of 2)

Multi-Cloud Deployments – Proceed with Caution (1 of 2) | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
Multi-Cloud Deployments – Proceed with Caution For the enterprise, the future of the cloud is in multiplicity. In their latest “state of the cloud” report, Rackspace has identified hybrid and multi-cloud implementations as  “today’s strategy of choice for the enterprise” given that the majority of respondents either already have an existing multi-cloud infrastructure (77%)  or [...]
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Great inputs: this analysis of the multi-issues is very pertinent. Particularly like this one: "Consuming cloud services from multiple providers presents a unique mixture of commercial and technical challenges." This is really true. At CompatibleOne, we are working on enabling customers to benefit from multi-cloud and we had to implement a SLA management that is taking care of  these particular issues.

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The end of the beginning of cloud computing

The end of the beginning of cloud computing | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it

As 2014 dawns, we’re moving into an era of truly mainstream adoption of cloud IaaS. While many organizations have already been using cloud IaaS for several years, gradually moving from development to production, with an ever-expanding range of use cases and applications, the shift to truly strategic adoption is just getting underway. Increasingly, organizations are asking whatcan’t go to the cloud, rather than what can.

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What Air Force Wants in a Cloud Broker

by Stephanie Meloni, Senior Analyst Speaking at an AFCEA event, held January 17, Dr. Tim Rudolph, U.S. Air Force Senior Leader for Integrated Information Capabilities, stressed that the Air Force i...
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More enterprise IT shops eye cloud brokerages | ZDNet

Slightly less than half of the companies surveyed by Amazon cloud integrator 2nd Watch plan to manage their cloud services with a centralized hub.
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Microsoft Open-Sources Cloud Server, Management

Microsoft Open-Sources Cloud Server, Management | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it

Microsoft has announced it is joining the Open Compute Project, a forum (launched by Facebook) for datacenter owners and equipment vendors trying to build large-scale, high-performance but energy-efficient datacenters.

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Cloud is a corporate strategy, not a tactical solution

Cloud is a corporate strategy, not a tactical solution | CompatibleOne | Scoop.it
Many of us are looking at the adoption of cloud as just another technology, and are leaving decisions on how to adopt, own, and manage the cloud up to engineers.
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