Cloud service brokerage provides the intermediary between cloud providers and cloud consumer that assist companies in choosing the services and offerings that best suits their needs. They may also assist in the deployment and integration of apps across multiple clouds or provide a choice and possible cost saving function which include multiple competing services from a catalog.
Value added services like migration, VM portability, and API management and normalization from cloud brokerage platforms like ComputeNext also allow end users freedom to move between platforms and keep options available at a variety of cloud vendors.
According to an early Gartner research report on the topic, there are three categories of cloud service brokerage that will make efficient the delivery of IT and cloud services.
These categories and the their primary goals are to enable the following:
Aggregation in Cloud Service Brokerage creates a virtual service provider, offering normalized data models across cloud services and enabling data portability and security across a multitude of services.
Arbitrage in Cloud Service Brokerage is a complementary function of Aggregation, wherein flexibility to move between cloud services and a single point of access enable end-users to select the best choice, based on metrics.
Integration Cloud Service Brokerage is a function which maintains the data fidelity for organizations using multiple on-demand B2B software services, SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS and the resulting silos they create.
Intermediation Cloud Service Brokerage provides specific value added services to enhance the capabilities of an existing cloud services. Examples might include identity or access management to multi-cloud services..