On March 8, ZeroStack announced the general availability of its ZeroStack Cloud Platform for automating the deployment and ongoing operational management of private clouds. The ZeroStack Cloud Platform reduces the time required to operationalize applications within a private cloud environment to a matter of minutes, thereby dramatically reducing the complexity and operational challenges traditionally associated with private cloud deployment. Built on a hyperconverged infrastructure that integrates compute, storage, networking and management tools within the ZeroStack Cloud Building Blocks framework, the ZeroStack Cloud Platform runs on-premise but is administered by the ZeroStack Cloud Portal, a SaaS application that manages upgrades, patches and the overall health of the deployment. The ZeroStack Cloud Platform boasts the ability to build private clouds in under 30 minutes while subsequently delivering the operational benefits of an intelligent, self-healing architecture as well as analytics that proactively automate capacity planning based on workloads, scalability trajectories and resource consumption. While customers reap the benefits of a private cloud requiring minimal maintenance and monitoring, they correspondingly enjoy the performance and security benefits of a public cloud, with an overall cost of ownership that remains competitive with private and public cloud alternatives in the market. As the public cloud market share battle heats up, the general availability of the ZeroStack Cloud Platform represents an important milestone in the evolution of the contemporary hybrid cloud landscape given its ability to empower customers to quickly set up a private clouds that can complement their public cloud deployments.
Cloudscaling, the cloud computing consulting company that specializes in the deployment of cloud infrastructures in accord with customer specifications, will be changing its business model to offer a product alongside its consulting services. The product in question will be an OpenStack-based cloud operating system with all of the features and functionality required to deliver large enterprise deployments. According to GigaOM, Cloudscaling expects to target the higher end of the scale when it comes to enterprise deployments of OpenStack by focusing on “customer-facing clouds from carriers and MSPs, Internet applications from companies like Facebook, and entirely new applications within large enterprises.” As such, Cloudscaling will focus its new offering on OpenStack-based, large enterprise private clouds in ways that allow it to differentiate itself from vendors such as Nebula and Piston Cloud Computing. The product, branded Cloudscaling OCS (Open Cloud System), will feature Open Cloud OS, an OpenStack-based, enterprise grade cloud operating system in addition to Hardware Blueprint, which contains hardware specifications and blueprints for the deployment in question. Cloudscaling will provide further details about Cloudscaling OCS at the Cloud Carrier Forum in Santa Clara, California on Monday.