Global Cloud Xchange Makes Its Cloud Move

October 15th, 2014 by · 4 Comments

Global Cloud Xchange, which we knew as Reliance Globalcom until its rebranding earlier this year, is making good on the cloud part of its name. This morning they launched a new cloud service and ecosystem aimed at the global enterprise market.

Under the leadership of new CEO Bill Barney, GCX has been remaking itself in the mold of the cloud revolution. The undersea cables and other assets are being repackaged and retooled as the underlying connectivity fabric for that cloud. That means plenty of dynamic provisioning, automation, and virtualization.

Beyond that, however, details are pretty vague so far, promising application delivery built off of cloud services served by cloud nodes that are supported and powered by those network assets. This is more of a vision declaration than anything else, laying out the path Barney intends to lead the company on over the next few years.  Exactly how they intend to get there is something we'll just have to wait and see about.

If anything GCX is late to this game of course, but on the other hand the global enterprise cloud market remains quite fluid.

Categories: Cloud Computing · Undersea cables

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  • Anon says:

    Yes, it’s impossible to understand what this actually means. If it just turns out to be a bunch of cloud exchange points connected to some capacity, difficult to see how that is different from what everyone else already has in one way or another.

  • anon 35 says:

    Having undersea cables does not make you a cloud provider. They were failing miserably as a carrier since the Reliance acquired Yipes so they are doing what most failing carriers do: rebrand as a cloud company, despite having no network and no data center assets.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m not clear how undersea cabling even relates to viability of a cloud provider… does it? And while we are piling on, you guys could really use some editors of your content on the website.

  • Anon says:

    And they’re not a tier 1 so the cloud operators are generally uninterested in connecting to them as a result.

    Webscale companies are starting to buy large amounts of subsea capacity to link their back end systems together. If Reliance wants to sell off their cable assets in that way, at well below market pricing but without creating a direct competitor – good luck to them. As a standalone proposition without other companies also buying your capacity to offset those low price deals, this just digs your hole deeper.

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