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7 responses to “ScaleUp Enables A Federated Cloud Ecosystem”

  1. John Treadway/CloudBzz

    Interesting post on ScaleBase, and it could have some promise. It’s a bit early for cloud federation to start taking place. Probably 1-2 years. Too many clouds that are too immature, and too few that are on any one platform. There’s also a big issue with SLAs in a federated environment. Something crashes – who is responsible?

    In the long-run federation will be a very interesting phenomenon, but there is a huge amount of infrastructure that needs to be put in place in the meantime.

  2. Scott Sanchez / @ScaleUp

    Re: SLA’s, The need or value of SLA’s doesn’t magically go away because you’re buying resources in a marketplace, in fact we believe the need becomes stronger. We expect that as different horizontal/vertical/regional cloud markets are built that they will each tackle the SLA issue in a different way to best suit their customers. Our goal is to enable the market, not to run it – so we’ve made sure the platform is flexible enough to handle a wide range of situations.

  3. Reuven Cohen, Enomaly Founder & CTO

    To be clear, SpotCloud.com IS a marketplace where service providers can offer their services to make a profit. We agree SLA’s are important and SpotCloud will offer them when we have the critical mass to support them. In the mean time we do have functional QoS rating system and access to an extensive global pool of capacity providers who are online today.

    Since we announced SpotCloud, we’ve had huge amount of interest from both the buy and sell side, one of the more interesting stats is more then 40% of our providers see SpotCloud potentially as a primary revenue source. We’ve created a SpotCloud Provider pricing guide to help illustrate the opportunity see > http://ruv.net/a/ht

    I for one would like to welcome scaleup to the party ;)

  4. Kevin Dykes

    One additional insight from the ScaleUp perspective… We began this development initiative with a long history as an MSP + 2 years as a regional cloud provider in Europe. We needed a way to power the partnerships we were building with other providers around the world so we could offer a global footprint to our customers.

    To John’s comment, re: business relationships & SLA support, we agree this is an absolutely critical role and one that can only be partially solved by enabling technology. One approach is the trend in growth of the equivalent to a VAD in the non-cloud world, what Matt Richards at CA refers to as the MSP Aggregator – a group who stands in the middle of a collective of providers & ensure support, SLA assurance, etc. The ScaleUp platform offers a mechanism for that connecting organization to live & easily manage those business relationships. Matt’s article here: http://bit.ly/fvi9sI

    Re: @ruv & SpotCloud – we are excited to join the party and see huge opportunities as we begin to connect. It is a step toward removing technology barriers & allowing business needs to dictate required solutions.

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