Software-Defined Cloud Platform Provider Connectloud Awarded by Frost & Sullivan

By Laura Stotler

The market for cloud management solutions is growing like gangbusters and a new breed of platform has emerged to keep up with demand. These new entrants must provide agility, scalability and the proper price point to remain competitive in a crowded and fast-based market.

Connectloud is among the new breed of contenders, and recently, the company achieved a benchmark. Frost & Sullivan has given its 2014 North American New Product Innovation Leadership Award to Connectloud in honor of its uCloud cloud management solution. The offering is a software-defined cloud management solution that enables multi- and vertical-tenancy as well as virtualized delivery of cloud computing.

The platform offers an infrastructure-agnostic approach to deploying both private and public clouds and also manages software-based routers, firewalls and switches. It works with existing hardware and also provides advanced orchestration and virtualization capabilities for enhanced security throughout the entire cloud architecture, as well as uses a Layer 2 and Layer 3 encrypted virtual network.

uCloud is compliant with the Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA mandates, and is offered via a SaaS subscription to keep the price point down. Additional features include role-based administration for increased quality of service. The platform offers built-in virtualization through Connectloud’s partnerships with Cisco, Citrix, Red Hat, VCE and VMware.

“uCloud offers optimum transparency over cost and capacity utilization of the internal cloud infrastructure,” said Debarun Guha Thakurta, analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “This open compute and open source-based solution leverages standard network function virtualization components to automate the entire process of provisioning and deployment, ultimately cutting down capital expenditure and operational expenses.”

The Frost & Sullivan award was presented based on Connectloud’s value-added features, which have lead to high market penetration potential and steady customer acquisitions.

Edited by Adam Brandt

MSPToday Contributing Editor

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