This recent article in Government Computer News (GCN) highlights the speed with which hybrid cloud solutions are growing within the US federal government. Since Ray Ozzie started talking about software plus services in 2007, I’ve been convinced that we would always be living in a hybrid world, despite advances is public cloud solutions and ever improving connectivity options (I’m currently connected at 35k feet ☺). And now, 7+ years later, that vision seems to be as relevant as ever – and not just within the federal government.
So how does all of this relate to KEMP and my new role as VP of Strategic Alliances KEMP’s key differentiation as a leading provider of load balancing (LB) and application delivery controller (ADC) solutions is the fact that we are, in fact, a software company as opposed to a networking equipment manufacturer. Of course we deliver our LoadMaster Operating System (LMOS) on KEMP appliances (or “Gold Boxes,” as we affectionately call them). However, we also offer our software as a virtual appliance on VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, Xen, Oracle VirtualBox; through bare metal options that run natively on leading server platforms including Dell R Series, Cisco UCS, HP Proliant and Fujitsu Primergy; and as a cloud service via Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware vCloud Air. Or in any combination thereof, with a common set of features, management framework, look and feel, etc.
So what does that mean for our customers? It means that they can continue their hybrid cloud journey and know that KEMP will be there to support them regardless of their deployment preferences. We won’t treat them any differently for not buying our hardware or for picking a particular cloud, server or virtualization platform. We will simply continue to provide the industry’s most cost-effective load balancing and high-availability for a wide array of applications and services.
The role of the strategic alliances team at KEMP is to ensure that we are compatible and/or certified with as many of the leading delivery platforms and application workloads as possible. We already have an impressive list of partnerships and are continually enhancing those relationships as well forging new ones. If you’re a platform or application provider that’s interested in partnering with us, please feel free to connect with me.