MSP Today Expert Feature
July 31, 2014

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

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 (News - Alert) 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 (News - Alert) 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 (News - Alert), 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