Newly established cloud consulting company, Cumulus Networks, has introduced a cloud brokerage service into the market.
Cumulus Networks is part of the recently formed SecureGen Group, which was the outcome of the merger between SecureServ and SoftGen.
The service aims to address the growing requirement for intermediary consulting and management facilities that effectively negotiate and enhance relationships between cloud service providers and their customers.
“As enterprises struggle to sort out the array of cloud computing options and services, there is a need for consulting organisations to act as intermediaries between end-users and cloud providers,” Cumulus Networks director, Vic Whiteley, said.
“Such a facility will help companies choose the right platform, deploy applications across multiple clouds and provide arbitrage services that allow end-users to switch between platforms to capture the best pricing and performance.”
Cumulus Networks will identify the most appropriate cloud resource and map the requirements of an enterprise to the resource, based on factors including price, location, scalability, backup/disaster recovery capabilities, SLA level and security.
The brokerage service will also address issues including vendor lock-in, cloud security and legal perspectives like data sovereignty, in relation to trans-border data flows, due diligence and ownership of data, including an exit plan.
“The cloud is not necessarily designed and ready for mission-critical applications,” Whiteley said. “Using the example of resilient Web architecture, where doubling up is the practice, instead of a pair of Web servers we can replace the load balancer by interfacing with two different cloud providers.”
Cumulus will operate an intelligent API switch that can distribute and optimise traffic between clouds, using tools from UK-based cloud vendor, Cohesive Flexible Technologies.
The company will be staffed by a group of experienced consulting professionals, who will also have access to the technical resources of the SecureGen Group.
Garry Ohlson will be responsible for driving its growth and he is also a part-owner of the company.
Ohlson has previously worked for Oracle, CA and Fujitsu and was a founder of SaaSCentral.