Build It Your Way: A Best-of-Breed Cloud on Your Terms

Not long ago, enterprises made decisions on their infrastructure choices based on choosing “best-of-breed” solutions to create environments that served their specific needs with carefully chosen components.

Those choices were made for performance reasons, for budgetary reasons, and to reduce the dependence on any single vendor as a point of failure, and avoid being held hostage with annual license increases and maintenance fees.

What Was Lost in the Cloud 1.0 Movement?

With Cloud 1.0 solutions, the rush to the cloud radically limited your “best-of-breed” solutions to the choices offered by any of the individual major cloud providers.

While Amazon Web Services for example worked to broaden their cloud offerings, the innovations of any of the individual components were to integrate them more tightly with one another and expand their footprint in your business vs. providing easy choices to mix and match across cloud providers.

Customers who jumped into Cloud 1.0 found themselves with a new variation of vendor lock-in, cloud platform lock-in, and with unexpected and very real costs that make it expensive to leave.

We have a different vision in mind, and it puts you, our customer, as the focus of everything we do at Wasabi alongside our partners in the Cloud 2.0 movement.

The Vision? Unlocking the Power of Choice

At a private cloud infrastructure partner event called IFX in Las Vegas last week, we unveiled plans with our partner Packet to offer customers both “compute in the cloud” and “storage in the cloud” by integrating our respective platforms.

The purpose of the collaboration is to improve the overall experience of companies leveraging the power of independent cloud services, including for users in SaaS, data security, machine learning, adtech and other infrastructure dependent businesses.

If you aren’t familiar with Packet, they are a leading bare-metal compute cloud provider you’re going to want to get to know. We have many joint customers already, and the combination provides significantly greater performance and radically reduced costs to the cloud market.

This new phase of our existing partnership amplifies a vision that both Zac Smith, CEO and Co-founder of Packet, and I share.

“Packet is focused on helping the leading enterprises of the world use technology as a competitive weapon, and this means working closely with speciality providers who are the best in the world at what they do,” noted Zac Smith, CEO at Packet. “This partnership is about empowering users to leverage truly cutting-edge technologies while providing the benefits of a single pane of glass, an amazing developer experience, a single bill and zero lock-in.”

Our companies have been focused on simplifying the experience of buying high-performance, low-cost, next-generation storage and compute respectively, and we’re not done with our innovations there.

At the same time, we know the challenges of administering multiple vendor implementations needs some innovation attention as well.

Integrated Dashboards Planned Q1 2019

Beginning early next year, customers will be able to order and provision the joint Wasabi-Packet offering via a single-pane-of-glass interface on either company’s website.

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