IT leaders prepare for the arrival of the federated cloud
“The future of the cloud is federated, and when you look at the broad categories of apps moving to the cloud, the truth of this statement begins to become clear.” ~ Ditlev Bredhal, CEO, OnApp
And the federated cloud will be coming to a city near you, allowing your team to take advantage of a globally scattered array of datacentre infrastructure that will power the next generation of gaming apps, social media, e-commerce and online publishing applications.
While Virtual Internet continues to deploy new virtual datacenters in locations such as Singapore and Utah, there are considerable advantages to ‘sharing’ infrastructure from other Telcos, ISPs and providers who have built facilities in far-flung, remote areas, which do not include the VI footprint.
By the year 2015, it’s expected that over 15 billion devices will be connected to the Internet requiring massive bandwidth to satisfy the global demand. No single hosting provider will be able to deal with the increased customer base arising from this connectivity. Instead, a federated, shared cloud is a solution that appeals to both suppliers and users.
“As part of a cloud federation, even a small service provider can offer a truly global service without spending a dime building new infrastructure.
"For companies with spare capacity in the data centre, the federation also provides a simple way to monetise that capacity by submitting it to the marketplace for other providers to buy, creating an additional source of revenue,” said Ditlev Bredhal, CEO, OnApp, in a recent Datacenter Knowledge article.
This will allow users to choose the provider closest to their device to consume cloud services, which also allow more precise and flexible pricing models.
Additional support and expertise will be made available to them that would not exist if they were tied to a single hosting provider.
In essence, a federated cloud represents the democratisation of cloud computing in general, allowing users 100% choice to select the service, pricing and location of the cloud service, enabling massive scalability as if they were using one provider. The cloud will act as ONE.
“It’s how data centre operators and other service providers will finally be able to compete with, and beat, today’s so-called global cloud providers,” said Mr. Bredhal.
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