Is it better for hosting providers to band together to take on Amazon Web Services or to focus on what each service provider does best?
OnApp and Flexiant both want to help legacy hosts and telcos find their niche in the cloud, but they offer significantly different paths. The two firms will debate their strategies at Structure:Europe next month.
Providers in OnApp’s cloud federation who also run SolidFire’s new all-SSD storage systems can now use the OnApp control panel to set guaranteed IOPS levels for high-performance customers.
Tier 3, Dell, Rackspace — all would very much like to sell their cloud wares to telcos, carriers, managed service providers and are rolling out packages to attract those companies.
CDNify, which is based on OnApp’s CDN-in-a-box and the federation that underpins it, is targeting startups that might need to scale up content delivery quickly, with the focus being on price and ease of use.
Flexiant targets service providers – particularly telcos – that want to become infrastructure-as-a-service wholesalers. It’s just starting to gain traction in Europe, and now it wants to push into the U.S. as well.
OnApp now offers both real and virtual service providers a CDN business-in-a-box. And this is just the start: expect the same with storage and compute later this year.
The federated cloud outfit has begun selling directly to users, starting with flexible, pay-per-use content delivery network services. It’s a big step for OnApp and the hundreds of service providers in its network.
As a major step in its quest to take on Amazon in a federated fashion, the OnApp Cloud platform now includes fully-fledged distributed storage, VMware support and a more useful federated CDN.
A couple of years ago, OnApp was all about helping service providers build their own public clouds. With more than 500 customers now under its belt, it’s drawing on that network in increasingly clever ways.