City Network is one of the first infrastructure providers in Europe to launch a public cloud built on OpenStack which is available across multiple connected data centres. In this post I have a conversation with Johan Christenson, CEO of City Cloud, about this groundbreaking development in public cloud services.
Service providers are in a transitional phase between traditional hosting and cloud services, influenced by a change in customer demand. This is in turn causing a fundamental shift in how service providers source and operate their data centres. Where in the past service providers opted for tier 1 or 2 data centres to optimise margins, I see an increasing trend towards the use of higher quality data centres.
Times continue to change for European hosting providers. With more enterprises drawn to cloud-based infrastructure (IaaS) by the promise of cost reductions and increased scalability, traditional hosting and integration revenues are coming under pressure.
Global cloud providers are increasingly considered as the main competition in the eyes of local and regional service providers in Europe. According to Interxion's annual research of the European hosting and cloud market, 37 percent of respondents view global providers as their main competition, which represents a significant spike from last year’s response of only 13 percent.
The times of one-service-fits-all cloud solutions are over. With the growing adaptation in the Netherlands of new cloud technologies, and the growing number of specialist cloud providers, the cloud landscape in the Netherlands is diversifying and maturing.
Most of the hype surrounding cloud often comes with a US perspective, particularly considering the provenance of the market’s heavyweights. But despite the US enjoying great success in this area the European market landscape is a completely different challenge. So what can European hosting companies do to cut through the noise of the competition and be heard in the cloud market? Here are 7 key success factors that will help any hosting company transform the way they are approaching and capitalizing on cloud computing.
The advent of the cloud and the now thousands of providers competing for business means it can be difficult to choose a reputable provider that best meets your cloud needs. IT industry analyst firm The METISfiles has produced a Cloudscape displaying a snapshot of the most important UK IaaS, PaaS and SaaS providers.
There is growing demand for cloud services that demonstrates a significant opportunity for IT providers offering dedicated, shared and managed hosting services to create new revenue opportunities using the cloud. But it’s not without challenges.
In working with a broad cross-section of cloud and hosting providers , I have gained insight about what drives success in the market. The 2013 survey of over 400 service providers in 17 European countries and the US, examines the state of play in the European cloud market and how service providers are addressing the growing demand for cloud.