Abiquo has been named as a cloud computing champion in a recent assessment of the top global cloud management services by Info-Tech. Info-Tech is an independent global leader in providing IT research and advice on the best IT solutions out there. Abiquo was credited in the top tier category of ‘champion’ as a leading vendor with a leading product, above Eucalyptus, CA Technologies and OpenStack out of the top nine cloud management solutions analysed.
To determine how strong the cloud management service is, both product and vendor offerings were analysed against set criteria. The cloud product was assessed Info-Tech highlighted three core areas of Abiquo’s platform which make it so strong and unique compared to other platforms.against its features, usability, affordability and architecture. Vendors were weighed against four factors, the first being their viability, which looked at how profitable, knowledgeable and long-term they are. The second was the vendor’s strategy; how committed are they to the space and if they have a future product. The third was the vendors reach; how much support they are able to offer customers post sale and if it is worldwide. Finally, vendors were assessed on their channel strategy and the channel’s strength. Abiquo scored highly in both product and vendor categories with 87% of their offering being above sufficient requirements and 47% being exemplary.
Our support for multiple hypervisors, providing our customers with flexibility and avoiding vendor lock-in was noted as being a champion area as many are yet to provide this as an option. In addition, our extensive and fully-integrated self service capabilities, with stand out “show-forward pricing” enabling customers to see what resources will cost before they are provisioned, was noted as being a strong point.
For more information on the Info-Tech report please click here
There are hundreds of public clouds out there, with more coming every day. Most of them are not truly clouds, just a hosted service with “cloud” stamped on the website and no real changes to the offering. And the offerings that do have self-service are often klunky or ugly or both. Just because the user is IT, rather than a business unit, doesn’t mean that it’s ok to serve up the red-headed stepchild of technology.
As you might have already seen, Abiquo places a high value on both form and function. In fact, we strongly believe that it should look great AND work better than you could ever hope for. So when we see a customer apply our product and our philosophy to their own in a really sophisticated or interesting way, we think everyone should pay attention.
Claranet’s recently announced Virtual Data Centre offering is the first integrated self-service cloud offering available to the European market. The offering combines self-service, governance, resiliency, network integration, and migration in a single service. Claranet Virtual Data Centre customers manage their own resources and users through a simple, yet powerful, online interface.
To learn more about the Claranet cloud offering, visit: http://www.claranet.co.uk/virtual-data-centre.html
To learn more about how Abiquo made Claranet’s offering possible, read more in this press release: http://www.abiquo.com/news-and-events/abiquo-powers-claranets-virtual-data-centre.php
Vertical Strategy published a New Cloud Management Guide by Carlos Escapa, Managing Director of Qumotech and former Director, VMware. The guide is a MUST ready for anyone interested in the cloud management landscape.
“As organizations push more data into the Cloud, managing these new infrastructures is becoming the major challenge for IT. This guide provides the latest information on the Cloud computing management market and tips on how to compare the key Cloud management vendors and their offerings.”
Purpose of this Cloud Management White Paper:
The purpose of this paper is to describe what cloud management is, how it came into existence, what problems it solves and why it is needed. In addition, this paper describes the top cloud management software providers and provides a detailed comparison between them.
Target Audience for this Cloud Management Paper:
This paper is ideal for anyone who is planning to implement or has implemented a private or hybrid cloud including IT leaders within Enterprises as well as Service Providers. This paper provides a clear description of the state of the cloud management market and provides an in-depth comparison of the top cloud management solutions available today.
Key Topics in this Cloud Management Guide:
- Executive Summary
- First Came Virtualization
- Enter Cloud Computing and Cloud Management
- Cloud Management Software Benefits
- Cloud Management in Context with Other Cloud Computing Enabling Technologies
- Description and Comparison of Top Cloud Management Software Providers
- Recommendations and Conclusion
About the Author of this Cloud Management White Paper:
Carlos Escapa is Managing Director of Qumotech, a strategic IT consultancy in the areas of virtualization and Cloud computing. Prior to Qumotech, Carlos Escapa was Senior Regional Director, Southern Europe at VMware, where he managed VMware’s field operations in France, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece and grew the business to include 4500 customers and 300 certified channel partners including IBM, HP, Dell and Accenture. Before joining VMware, Escapa held several senior positions at CA Technologies, Sterling Software, Wall Data and VM Software. Escapa holds degrees in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and Illinois State University. For more information about Carlos Escapa, view his public profile at http://es.linkedin.com/in/cescapa
To download the white paper for free, go to http://www.virtual-strategy.com/white-papers/
Cloud Computing is about the ability to share IT resources more efficiently. Thus, the core objective of IT, and specifically the CIO, should be to understand the value that this technology can bring to their enterprise or government agency.
The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework of understanding around the use of Cloud Computing technology, and suggest a process to create and implement an enterprise Cloud strategy for their organization. We will focus on the creation of a Cloud Computing strategy that defines a sound Cloud infrastructure management approach, and selection of the right enabling technology.
This paper is ideal for CIOs or anyone who wants to understand the systemic value of the Cloud Computing shift in IT, and how to drive more efficiency into their IT infrastructure over time. We’ll do this by walking through the process of creating a Cloud Computing strategic roadmap for their organization, or a plan that will ensure additional strategic IT efficiencies, using Cloud Computing as a strategic enabling technology.
This CIO white paper was written by David Linthicum, founder and CTO of Blue Mountain Labs and author of 13 books and the Cloudbook.net blog.
Key topics in this paper include:
- Executive Summary
- Cloud Computing Challenges Today
- Creating Your Vision for Cloud Computing
- Creating a Cloud Computing Roadmap
- New strategies
- New software
- New business-driven policies
- Enterprise Deployment Strategies
- The Need for Cloud Infrastructure Management
- Key enterprise requirements
- Leveraging Abiquo for Cloud Management
To download this paper, go to http://www.abiquo.com/resources/white-papers.php?lang=en