The new Cloud-IX - that's cloud nine - marketplace from TeleCityGroup is attempting to provide a similar cloud proposition as the Government's G-cloud service, but for the private sector. The market place bringss together in one place solutions from a number of cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, iland - VMware's global cloud provider of the year, CSC, Fujitsu and Outsourcery.
In addition to bringing together differnt solutions in one market, the service also attempts to resolve one of the last stumbling blocks for the adoption of cloud and that's vendor lock-in. According to TeleCityGroup the platform will "allow enterprise to seamlessly connect to, and between, cloud providers – enabling them to instantly switch between cloud providers based on their needs."
Additionally the service also enables direct connections into the various different cloud providers from TeleCityGroups backbone to avoid availability and resilience problems associated with connections over the public internet. Those businesses with issues of data sovereignty and data location will also be pleased to see that the service also allows control over exactly where their data is located throughout Europe.
Michael Tobin, CEO of TelecityGroup said "Businesses across Europe are looking at ways they can maximise the power of the cloud to enhance the performance of their core platforms, manage big data with ease, and deliver enhanced and scalable service offerings; all against the background of ever increasing expectations in terms of security, auditability and data sovereignty. At the same time, they have the traditional challenges of maintaining service levels and maximising the benefit of existing IT investments. Key to solving this challenge is building flexible solutions that utilise the elasticity and economic benefits of the public cloud alongside existing IT infrastructure, all with direct connectivity into local and international carriers."
The Cloud-IX platform will be rolled out to customers located in any of TelecityGroup's data centres across Europe, providing direct connectivity to the key global cloud providers, as well as more than 400 carriers present in its facilities.