Scaleup Technologies (see previous CloudAve coverage), the Germany based Cloud infrastructure provider, is planning to announce support for federation across multiple cloud providers from within their Cloud management platform. This is particularly exciting to me because I have been advocating open federated cloud ecosystem in this blog for a long time and I have mentioned Scaleup in the context of the idea of federated clouds. ScaleUp joins a small group of platform providers who are focussing on enabling a more federated cloud ecosystem. Unlike some of them, ScaleUp is planning to act as an enabler of cloud marketplaces at the “point of purchase”, the junction where the providers and consumers meet.
It all starts with the ScaleUp Cloud Management Platform and they are releasing a new version, Ver 1.5, which will support the federation across multiple providers. In fact, the platform has already left the development labs at ScaleUp with certain participants it out. Whether certain pundits who are aligned with the old fashioned economic thinking agree with me or not, we are not going to see a monopoly of few cloud providers anytime in the future. Federation is here to stay and we will only be seeing more and more providers joining the game. With this release and their unique focus on being an enabler of cloud federation, ScaleUp Technologies has taken the right step at the right time.
To start with ScaleUp platform will support organizations and service providers using CA’s Applogic or OpenStack for the cloud. Over a period of time, they will support other platforms based on the interest. I haven’t heard much about Applogic’s penetration after CA bought 3Tera (CA: if you are reading this, brief me) but OpenStack is waiting to break open this year. So, I consider ScaleUp’s embrace of OpenStack as a right pick to enter the federation game. There are many other providers interested in tapping the “OpenStack future” too. Clearly, Applogic and OpenStack are not the only cloud platforms present in this world right now but this is a good start for ScaleUp.
Meh, what is the big deal? Enomaly is already doing it with SpotCloud
Nope. There is a clear distinction between what SpotCloud is doing and what ScaleUp is planning to do. SpotCloud is a clearing house of excess or unused capacity whereas ScaleUp is trying to create a marketplace where service providers can offer their services. There is a clear distinction between the two. In fact, when Enomaly announced SpotCloud, I tweeted about SpotCloud not taking any responsibility regarding SLAs, etc.. ScaleUp’s marketplace is expected to solve this pain point.
More importantly, ScaleUp is not creating one marketplace for service providers to participate. Rather, they want to be an enabler of marketplaces which, in turn, will help service providers to offer their services. With their platform, many marketplaces can emerge giving users more options. Let us say, for example, a government wants to enable a marketplace for different departments and local governments to buy resources from various cloud providers, they can easily do it with ScaleUp’s platform. Similarly, one could have a marketplace for a vertical with SLAs fine tuned for their regulatory needs. In short, they are creating a federation of federated cloud marketplaces (pardon me if the usage is wrong but I want to make a distinction here).
This is definitely a great move by ScaleUp. Along with the above mentioned federation of marketplaces, this move is interesting in other ways too. It not only solves the scaling problems faced by regional cloud providers, it also helps users choose geographical locations based on their needs. 2010 was the beginning of regional cloud providers and 2011 is going to be a year of federated clouds. Be ready for more excitement on the federated cloud front in the coming months. Open Federated Clouds FTW.