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A Standard for the Cloud Broker

Not too long ago, IT journalist Peter Judge (follow on Twitter) for TechWeekEurope, “cloud services won’t reach their full potential until we can automate how we buy and sell them” and that new standards are crucial to making this happen.

Today it’s possible to automate cloud service provisioning in a hybrid IT environment thanks to cloud management platforms, configuration tools, scripts, and one rock solid engineering team – but auto-scale architecture is limited unless we take it a step further and unchain it as well, enable real interoperability, and an open computing environment.

But how long can we wait for standards to become standard?

In lieu of open standards today companies that move into the cloud are pushing into new boundaries of scalability – but they’re building that architecture on just a handful of cloud service providers. This kind of reliance leads to a model that might not scale as easily when these workloads mature in the cloud. We’ve seen multiple major outages from the market leaders, (AWS) PaaS price spikes from one of the most threatening players (Google) coming into public cloud, and a variety of other questionable practices ( Oracle’s fake cloud, anyone?) from big name compute brands.

This is why we believe you should be agnostic in choosing cloud services, because if you get locked in – any inefficiencies from an individual provider are going to scale with you.

As an open marketplace for cloud services, ComputeNext doesn’t play by service provider’s rules. We focus on bringing choice and business intelligence to end-users. We unchain workloads from specific vendors, and help you find and provision the optimal mix of cloud services to use at a given time in a workload’s lifecycle.

So make sure your cloud broker’s goal isn’t just to facilitate transactions but to help you optimize your cloud services composition and spend. Hopefully standardization will help cloud service brokers find that sweet spot by opening up new options, but the absolute focus lies on the end-users requirements – and a brokerage platform should eliminate ‘broker error’ making sure that all options are available even when the best choice lies outside of a specific platform vendor’s reach.

Our recommendation? Ask how many service providers your broker can bring to the table – for today need’s and tomorrow’s.

Then, Ask Us.

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