ComputeNext – THE Federated Cloud Marketplace

We were one of the 11 finalists at Structure LaunchPad and we went live yesterday!

Apart from usual emotions around going live, I wanted to highlight the value we provide – choice and transparency, and give a preview of some of the core features of the marketplace:

Cloud Marketplace

Computenext aims to become the ‘Expedia’ of cloud computing services – a marketplace for all your cloud service needs. You can shop around for services based on your criteria, and choose the best provider that satisfies your needs. Marketplace surfaces key attributes that help you make the decision – SLA, Region, Price to name few. While this provides an opportunity for service providers to highlight information they like, this mainly brings in transparency to the end consumer. Now one would know why a particular resource is offered at said price (better SLA for example), or one can make educated decision, say choosing less expensive ones knowing the SLA compromise. This provides a win-win situation for both consumers and service providers. Computenext marketplace is currently for IaaS services, with plans to expand to other kind of services organically.

Cloud Federation

The term Federation has been used at various contexts, but I am providing here my understanding. This may not reflect ComputeNext’s official stand. Cloud federation is a collection of cloud service providers which enables an individual provider to provide more value to the consumer than by being alone. This is made possible through the technology that brings them together, philosophical symmetry, and even economic need. This kind of bringing together enables both the provider and the consumer. For example, a better ROI for server racks for an IaaS provider, and the possibility of a workload spanning across multiple providers for the consumer.

I will give a sneak preview of key features in ComputeNext marketplace now

Search and Discovery

Martketplace:

One can search for resources in the marketplace – Virtual Machine and Virtual Storage for now, based on key attributes. One can filter by resource attributes (like CPU speed, RAM size etc), provider attributes (provider platform, provider name, location etc), or image attributes (type of OS, platform etc).

Text Search:

Don‘t expect a google here (for now!), but one can also do free text search on the resources. You can search based on name of the provider, os type, ram size etc. I expect the indexing to improve.

Volume Storage: Apart from instances, one can also buy volume storage (think AWS EBS) – various file systems and file sizes are available. These can be attached to virtual servers just like how you would do with a USB thumbdrive

Workload Manager

Workload manager is the shopping cart for your resources. You can edit your cart – add more resource, change the count of resources, go back to marketplace to search for more resources, change/ edit volume associations etc. You can also create/ set the security group for your instances, create/ set key pairs. Once you are happy with your shopping cart, click away activate to procure your resources.

Dashboard

Dashboard gives an overview of your active workloads. This is where you see the status of your running workloads/ resources. You would also see appropriate error messages if any. You can change the status of your resources from here – stop/ start, detach/ attach etc.

More account related features in following posts.

Check out at http://www.computenext.com or follow us @computenext!

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