Remember the good old days when we had to use travel agents? They were our gatekeepers to vacations, controlling our access to the best deals on airfare, hotels and more. But with the advent of the Web, suddenly, we had other options.
Travel sites like Expedia (News - Alert) and Travelocity allowed us to shop around for the best deals, and that paradigm can be applied to other industries as well. In fact, when you are pitching a new company, it’s nice and easy to say something like “We are the Expedia of the cloud.” And that is exactly what Compute Next purports to be.
I recently spoke with Eamonn Colman, director of marketing at Compute Next, about the company’s history, its value proposition and its future in the cloud space. Compute Next provides a marketplace for IaaS and public cloud providers, bringing them in and enabling choice for end users. Most people know about the market leaders in the space, but there are literally hundreds of cloud providers that could offer massive choice but have limited visibility. Compute Next wants to bring in data center and cloud providers into a single portal to give customers intuitive comparisons and e-commerce functionality.
The founders developed the concept about a year and a half ago, going live in June. Colman said that the company has gained a lot of traction on the provider side, snagging many companies that are considered underdogs to the giants. Compute Next is looking to work with providers all over the world in an effort to promote choice. With Compute Next, customers can get everything they would from providers plus business intelligence and third party data such as provisioning times, performance uptime and error rates. This gives users the information they need to make informed decisions.
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