Why 2013 will be the year of the federated cloud

Federated cloud is one of the buzzphrases of the moment but this is not marketing hype, it's a vital part of the cloud future

CTO of high performance integration company Adaptris, Jeff Bradshaw concurs and says that in his view all companies will be using federated cloud very soon. “The main reason for the rise of the federated cloud is that you need to have business continuity and be able to avoid putting all of your eggs in one basket. A good example of a forward-thinking company is Amazon, who lets you choose geographic instances for your deployments.”

Bradshaw points to businesses who are asking CIOs to sign up to service levels, which are outside of their control. “Think of your typical large company ie they would never be exclusive to one software provider across the board - cloud adoption means this is more pronounced, hence the mantra of ‘integration anywhere’ is key to allowing companies to de-risk by deploying components where they choose and integrating them seamlessly,” he added.

So the likelihood is that we will now see more federated clouds come to be as enterprises and government agencies want to combine different clouds in a secure and trusted way. This is the view of vertical markets strategy and marketing chief Simon Aspinall of Virtustream, who suggests that we will also now see more “cloud exchanges” that will enable enterprises to pilot, design and price cloud services before committing to a large-scale cloud migration.

"At Virtustream, we’re already working with a number of organisations to offer federated clouds to select industry and government verticals. These 'private cloud exchanges' provide a one stop shop for approved vendors and consumers of cloud services. As an example, we have partnered with NJVC, an information technology solutions provider, to power Cloudcuity, a cloud marketplace for US government customers - enabling customers and suppliers to share resources, provide supplier scoring, billing, price comparison and workload migration.2

Whether federated cloud becomes a replacement for (or perhaps an extension of) the new buzz phrase for hybrid cloud or not is possibly too early to say. This is not necessarily the Gettysburg address of cloud or the formation of a new commonwealth of states, but the United Nations has been informed and Ban Ki-moon has been told to clear his diary.

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