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3 Steps to Building a Healthy Cloud Partnership

Monday, March 4th, 2013 by

Implementing public cloud computing is quickly becoming a top priority for companies of all sizes and industries, as the technology enables employees to be more efficient and flexible – both of which are crucial in today’s highly competitive private sector. Because the public cloud is managed off-site, decision-makers need to find the right provider with services that will meet short- and long-term demands. Equally as important is developing a healthy cloud partnership.

TechTarget recently highlighted several ways to develop a strong partner program with a cloud vendor, as doing so will ensure a firm is given the best opportunity to succeed in the coming years. This growing demand for a robust relationship between the user and provider has forced many cloud companies to reevaluate their business models and create more relevant offerings.

3 steps to develop a healthy cloud relationship

3 steps to develop a healthy cloud relationship

Because cloud vendors come from a variety of backgrounds and offer myriad solutions, they need to find unique ways to differentiate themselves from other providers, TechTarget noted. Doing so will make certain services more appealing to companies and support healthy collaboration between the two parties.

“Every partner is slightly different,” cloud expert Jaywant Rao said, according to TechTarget. “They each have a different flavor of how they go to market. That means you have to focus on which models make sense for your own business and align things from there.”

Step 1: Decision-makers must identify objectives
Finding a service provider to meet corporate demands means executives must know what they intend to get out of the cloud. To do so, organizations should consider building a channel program that clearly defines the image of the perfect partner, TechTarget noted.

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GigaSpaces and GoGrid Launch Enterprise-Grade Cloud Computing Solution

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 by

Yesterday, GoGrid and GigaSpaces announced the launch of an enterprise-grade Cloud Computing Solution. The full press release follows:

GigaSpaces and GoGrid Launch Enterprise-Grade Cloud Computing Solution

Joint Offering Enables Java, .Net and C++ Applications to Scale On-Demand

San Francisco, CA – October 6, 2008 - GigaSpaces Technologies and GoGrid announced today the availability of the GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform (XAP), the leading scale-out application server for the cloud, on GoGrid’s enterprise-grade cloud computing service for Windows and Linux.  The two companies’ joint offering enables enterprises to migrate existing and new Java, J2EE, .Net and C++ applications to a cloud computing infrastructure with an hourly pay-per-use pricing model.

Increasingly, enterprises are looking to reduce costs and shorten time-to-market by running their applications on public cloud computing services, such as GoGrid.  However, traditional application platforms and middleware do not allow applications to truly take advantage of the cloud, as they are built for static environments.  GigaSpaces XAP addresses these challenges by allowing Java, .Net and C++ applications to grow and shrink on-demand with complete reliability and high performance.

image By building their applications with GigaSpaces and running them in the GoGrid cloud, enterprises can realize what many consider the ‘holy grail’ of IT,” said John Keagy, chief executive officer at GoGrid.  “Executives can sleep well at night knowing that if there is a spike in demand, the GigaSpaces platform will be able to scale-out on the cloud with complete fault-tolerance.  And the beauty of it is they only pay for what they use.image

“A common challenge enterprise customers face is that many of the current cloud offerings lack basic features required by large organizations.  The GoGrid cloud is particularly appealing to our enterprise customers who wish to run their applications on the cloud,” said Geva Perry, general manager of the cloud computing business unit at GigaSpaces.  “GoGrid offers SLAs, advanced security features, 24×7 support and volume discounts – all of which are must-haves for large companies.”

In addition to the robust Linux systems provided by GoGrid and the powerful Java capabilities offered by GigaSpaces, the joint solution is unique in its offering for running .Net applications on the cloud by combining GoGrid’s Windows-based cloud with GigaSpaces’ .NET API.

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GoGrid and RightScale Announce Cloud Computing Partnership

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 by

Today, GoGrid and RightScale announced a major new strategic product partnership. The full press release is below:

RightScale First to Deliver Integrated Management for Multi-Cloud Environments

Cloud Computing Momentum Builds with RightScale Support for FlexiScale, GoGrid and Rackspace

Interop New York Conference Expo (PRWEB) September 17, 2008 — RightScale, Inc., the leader in cloud computing management, today announced a major new strategic product and partnership initiative as it broadens its cloud management platform to support emerging clouds from new vendors, including FlexiScale and GoGrid, while continuing its long-standing support for Amazon’s EC2. RightScale is also working with Rackspace to assure compatibility with their cloud offerings, including Mosso and CloudFS. RightScale will be the first in the industry to offer an integrated management dashboard, where applications can be deployed once and managed across these and other clouds.

Businesses can take advantage of the nearly infinite scalability of cloud computing by using RightScale to deploy their applications on a supported cloud provider. They gain the capabilities of built-in redundancy, fault tolerance, and geographical distribution of resources – key enterprise demands for cloud providers. With RightScale, customers can leverage the leading cloud management platform to automatically deploy and manage their web applications – scaling up when traffic demands, and scaling back as appropriate – allowing them to focus on their core business objectives. RightScale’s automated system management, pre-packaged and re-usable components, leading service expertise and best practices have been proven as best-of-breed, with customers deploying hundreds of thousands of instances on Amazon’s EC2.

“Cloud computing is a disruptive force in the business world because it provides pay-as-you-go, on-demand, virtually infinite compute and storage resources that can expand or contract as needed,” said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale, Inc. “A number of public providers are already adopting cloud architectures – and we also see private enterprise clouds coming on the horizon. Today’s announcement of RightScale’s partnerships with FlexiScale and GoGrid is an exciting indication of how mid-market and enterprise organizations can really take advantage of multi-cloud architectures. There will be huge opportunities for application design and deployment — we are at the beginning of a tidal shift in IT infrastructure.”

FlexiScale is the only UK-based cloud computing provider and offers a unique infrastructure on demand with 99.99% SLA and many special features. For example, each customer gets their own virtual disk so that data is segregated and they can do their own low level encryption, while virtual network traffic is also segregated to deliver added security. FlexiScale uniquely offers permanent on demand storage and was the first cloud provider to support Windows. With a strong reputation for customer service, it also enables the creation of custom packages such as golden images.

Tony Lucas, CEO of XCalibre and creator of FlexiScale commented: “Without this new ability to move swiftly and easily between platforms, customers could feel locked in and much more hesitant to try and use cloud computing. RightScale’s partnership initiative is a great example of how having near interoperability between systems will enable customers to be less hesitant of moving to a new technology, which is great for everyone. It means the industry can and will grow quicker than if it was only a handful of individual companies providing distinct services that weren’t compatible with each other.”

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