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What is a Cloud Broker ?

posted May 7, 2014, 7:41 AM by Karuna Joshi   [ updated May 9, 2014, 11:51 AM ]
Cloud Broker is a much used term in cloud computing that doesn't appear to have a standard definition. Consumers desire a broad spectrum of services from potential Cloud Brokers. They want a cloud broker to -
 
  1. Enable them traverse through the myraid of service offerings and be able to compare and contrast them.
  2. Help the organization search and acquire the cloud service that best meets their needs.
  3. Estimate their cloud needs, specially for storage, computing and hosting services.
  4. Plan their cloud capacity and predict the future usage based on their current datacenter usage.
  5. Negotiate for the services - get the best price and service level agreements
  6. Help them continuously monitor the Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  7. Manage the relationship with the Cloud service Provider 
  8. Manage the Cloud Service.
  9. Plan and ensure a smooth transition to the Cloud.
 

Needless to add, no single Cloud Broker will be able to meet all these requirements. Many consulting companies and large federal contractors have begun foraying into Cloud Brokerage, but a large number of organizations are still finding migrating to the Cloud a frustrating endeavour.

What are your expectations from a Cloud Broker ? Let us know and we will add it to this ever growing list.


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