Lots of very interesting cloud news out early this week, here's a quick rundown:
The master agent ADVODA is making a move into the ArrowSphere, becoming the first to offer network services to Arrow Electronic's growing cloud marketplace via a new partner agreement. Cloud services are reshaping the channel, as agents and vars transition from traditional telco and equipment offerings to the new IT world. But you can't sell the cloud to the enterprise unless you sell them the connectivity first. ADVODA will be able to mix and match all the various cloud connectivity offerings of the many carriers to hook everyone up, and Arrow's marketplace is a big new opportunity for them.
TI Sparkle is taking its cloud to the world. They've launched their YourCloudStore white-label marketplace internationally, taking aim at the SMB market by the channel. Sparkle's global IaaS solutions can then be combined with services each partner already has available to round out the necessary portfolio.
Internap is taking its cloud capabilities to Europe. They are expanding their OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD into Amsterdam while adding a new integraged Horizon dashboard. That includes both the virtual cloud servers and those bare metal ones, offering greater flexibility of infrastructure. Internap's transformation from a niche bandwidth/colo player to high-end cloud services provider seems to be gaining steam.
Midokura took a dramatic step yesterday in its effort to displace the status quo in network virtualization. They've opened up the source code for their MidoNet technology, making it freely available to the OpenStack community under the Apache 2.0 license. Taking the open source path means they'll surely be looking to make their money off of helping customers implement it properly, as opposed to direct software licensing etc. They've got 18 partners already on board of course.
And also on the open source SDN track, ON.Lab has launched a new open source network operating system known as ONOS. The SDN initiative has the backing of some big telcos and vendors, including AT&T, NTT, Ciena, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, and NEC. It's built from the scratch and for mission critical networks, allowing service providers to migrate gradually into the SDN and NFS world. It will be available on December 5, assuming all goes as planned.
And vXchnge is moving to empower nextgen cloud services. They've partnered with TechLAB Innovation Center out in Silicon Valley to help start-ups accelerate their growth. vXchnge would like to provide the early building blocks needed by cloud startups to take on the big boys. And you know the next big one is out there somewhere in the cloud world putting together something new we haven't though of yet.
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