European cloud services provider Interoute announced on Wednesday it has launched Interoute CloudStore, an integrated cloud platform, appliance marketplace and knowledge center for enterprises seeking scalable ICT infrastructure.
App marketplaces mutually benefit both hosting and cloud providers and the developers of the applications.
Hosting providers are able to provide their customers with the means to access a wide selection of hosted applications, while app developers are given a new distribution channel to deliver their apps without having to establish individual partnerships.
Built on top of Europe’s largest cloud platform, and provisioned through Interoute’s Virtual Data Centre, the Interoute CloudStore represents an interesting approach to ICT service delivery.
Interoute recently expanded its European infrastructure to meet the growing demand for its cloud services, extending its VDC platform into its Berlin and Paris data centers.
Enterprise IT departments, SaaS developers, and website owners can access Interoute CloudStore to purchase Interoute’s network and infrastructure as a service, including ICT infrastructure, network, computing, communication and storage services needed to build comprehensive platforms.
Interoute CloudStore provides certified applications from the likes of Microsoft, RedHat, Debian and Ubuntu, along with applications from trusted appliance vendors like Stonesoft and Riverbed.
Built into Interoute’s pan-European MPLS/IP network, Interoute VDC provides the foundation for CloudStore to deliver private, public and hybrid clouds without compromising security or performance.
CloudStore appliances are certified, tested, and guaranteed with SLAs, which prevents the need for businesses to buy, connect and integrate physical equipment within the rest of their infrastructure.
“Interoute CloudStore is a game changer. It is the next generation of cloud computing; one that doesn’t compromise on data sovereignty, privacy concerns or performance,” said Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO. “It essentially combines a seriously scalable integrated network, compute and storage infrastructure with all the appliances you need to run an IT environment. The difference with CloudStore is in the delivery. If you buy and run an enterprise application without the right platform and SLAs to support it, you are effectively placing the productivity and security of your business data in the ‘wild’. Appliance marketplaces perfectly complement the platform and are the future of the ICT purchasing model, but it is important for enterprises to understand what sits beneath them.”
Interoute CloudStore also provides users with an online knowledge centre to help them optimize Interoute’s VDC infrastructure.
The center encourages users to exchange ideas and help them evaluate, recommend and select a solution customized to their business needs.
Talk back: Are you considering introducing a similar application marketplace model to your customers? Do you think Interoute will succeed with its new CloudStore? Do you think more hosting and cloud providers will launch cloud app marketplaces? Let us know in the comments.