MIAMI BEACH, FL, June 18, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Today at HostingCon 2014, OnApp announced the ability for cloud providers to share compute resources (CPU, RAM and storage) through the OnApp Federation, so that their customers can deploy applications at locations all over the world, on demand. The OnApp Federation is a network of 167 service providers offering capacity at 170 locations, in 113 cities, across 43 countries. With more than twice the number of locations as the Amazon and Microsoft clouds combined, the addition of compute to the OnApp Federation will create the world's biggest public cloud - one that enables service providers to be as global, or as focused on specific customer needs, as they want.
The new global compute capability is built on OnApp Market, a wholesale cloud marketplace for service providers. Service providers use OnApp Market to browse locations on the OnApp Federation, see prices and SLA data, and make any mix of locations available to their customers in real time, alongside their own. OnApp has deployed more than 2,000 clouds for 900 service providers in 93 countries, making a huge range of infrastructure types and potentially unlimited scale available to service providers and their customers.
"Now service providers can be as big and diverse or as local and niche as they want to be, without spending a dime on new infrastructure," said Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp. "By connecting hundreds of OnApp cloud providers around the world, we're helping each one of them break through the scale barrier, using the OnApp Federation to host customer applications exactly where they are needed, on infrastructure with the right performance, price and service level. And they can do it on demand with no capex. This is what cloud is supposed to look like: true global coverage, pay-as-you-go, and real diversity."
The federated cloud model has already proven its worth for many OnApp customers, including the Belgian web host, Stone.IS. Stone used the OnApp Federation to provide highly resilient, highly distributed web application hosting for Tomorrowland, the world's largest electronic dance music festival. The OnApp Federation helped Stone handle huge spikes in traffic and enabled the company to win the project over Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, because of the Federation's much broader international coverage.
"The OnApp Federation is a vital part of our Tomorrowland project," said Stein Van Stichel, CEO of Stone.IS. "Using the OnApp Federation, we could host their web applications in cities all over the world: it gave us the scale to handle the huge demand for the event, and the flexibility to help them break into the U.S. market with TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, later this year, again using OnApp's federated cloud. The OnApp Federation lets us combine our expertise in application hosting and support for live events and our knowledge of the local market, with truly global scale. That's a much better proposition for our clients than generic public cloud capacity."
The OnApp Federation has several advantages over traditional cloud brokerages, which may simplify running a workload across multiple clouds for the end customer, but do nothing to simplify all of the commercial relationships that the customer has to maintain. The OnApp Federation allows the local service provider to give their customers a 'single pane of glass' for deploying and managing applications in multiple locations, a single API, a single SLA and a single bill - massively reducing complexity and costs.
OnApp Market is the key enabling technology for the compute federation. It connects different service providers' clouds to the Federation, enables them to buy and sell capacity, acts as a central clearing house for transactions, manages wholesale pricing for each location, and provides SLA metadata about the performance and uptime of each location, so providers can choose the most appropriate capacity for their service and their clients. OnApp will also offer managed SLAs for time-critical or performance-intensive applications, selecting the most appropriate locations for providers to use as part of a managed service.
The new global compute capability previews in v3.3 of the OnApp platform. In this preview phase, 50 OnApp providers are lined up to provide compute capacity for the OnApp Federation, with nine locations available for testing today in the US, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Russia and Belgium. OnApp expects this number to grow at least ten-fold in the next 12 months. General Availability will follow later this year, enabling federated compute for all OnApp cloud providers. The OnApp Federation and OnApp Market will support other cloud platforms in future releases.
OnApp will be exhibiting at HostingCon 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida from Monday, June 16th through Wednesday, June 18th. To meet with OnApp and demo federated compute, visit the OnApp #VIPLounge in room #D232 and the OnApp booth #806. OnApp CEO Ditlev Bredahl will also be taking part in the panel session, "What Toolset Do I Use to Build a Cloud?", on June 16th at 10:00 am EDT in room #D235.
If you are a member of the press or analyst community interested in speaking with OnApp at HostingCon, please email OnApp@marchpr.com or call 617-960-9882 to set up a meeting during the event.
OnApp provides a complete Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform for hosts, telcos and MSPs, with one fully automated control panel for cloud services, dedicated servers, CDN, storage and more, and an easy way to expand using the world's largest federated cloud. More than 800 service providers in 87 countries run on OnApp.
OnApp launched in July 2010 and has more than 120 staff across the EU, U.S. and Asia-Pacific. For more information visit http://onapp.com.
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