Regular readers of CloudAve know that I am a sucker of federated clouds and I have been pushing the idea of regional clouds hard. In this context, I have been talking about enablers like VMOps and regional cloud providers like Reliacloud and Scaleup Technologies . Today, VMOps announced that they are rebranding as Cloud.com along with few other interesting announcements. The name VMOps has been confusing to many people. Initially, I also thought that they are somehow affiliated with VMWare. I guess others, including their potential customers, had the same problem and they decided to rebrand. Cloud.com should be a great name for any company in the cloud computing space but I am not sure if it really solves the confusion.
- First and foremost, they are now Cloud.com
- Second, but most important from my perspective, their core platform is now open source
- \They have another round of funding worth $11 Million with Index Ventures leading the Series B round. The total funding to date is $17.6 Million.
- Version 2 of their platform is out and is more powerful than the previous version. Their platform now has comprehensive support for major cloud providers like the Amazon Web Services API, Citrix Cloud Center™ (C3) and VMware’s vCloud initiative
- Many more customers added since the last time I spoke with them
- Easy provisioning of virtual machines of any “compute size” with complete automation of the distribution of compute, network and storage while adhering to defined policies on load balancing, data security and compliance. Their powerful management tool helps in mefining, metering, deploying and managing services to be consumed within the existing cloud or IT infrastructure
- An integrated billing system that will help public providers with billing of their customers and private cloud users with chargeback
- It is easily integrated with Amazon and works well with Citrix Cloud Center API and vCloud API
- The fact that it is open source means that anyone can add functionalities to suit their existing IT environment
- They have done a good job on the security front too. They offer isolation at the network level and it could come handy for any organization that has to deal with regulatory issues
- Their built in reporting system makes billing and compliance easy for both service providers and enterprises
- Cloud.com CloudStack Platform Community Edition
- Cloud.com CloudStack Platform Enterprise Edition
- Cloud.com CloudStack Platform Service Provider Edition
However, the fact that their cloud is built on top of Applogic allows for federation and they have partnered with XSeed Co. Ltd., a Japan based cloud provider also built on top of 3tera’s Applogic platform. This partnership allows ScaleUp to let their customers tap into XSeed’s infrastructure (and vice versa) right from the their UI. This is a perfect example of an federated cloud ecosystem in action, albeit a smaller one.
and there is a heavy competition for them on the private cloud market too. Open source makes it easy for them to gain significant traction in this competitive landscape.