Digital Realty, a global provider of data centre and colocation solutions, has partnered with ComputeNext, a specialist in cloud service marketplace technology, to create the Digital Realty Global Cloud Marketplace (GCM).
This cloud marketplace will offer Digital Realty clients of all sizes easy access from the company's global portfolio of networked data centres to a cloud brokerage, enabling instant provisioning of on-demand, burstable cloud services from cloud service providers, such as cloud servers, cloud storage, and cloud software. The initial slate of cloud service providers participating in the GCM includes IBM SoftLayer, Internap, Interoute, GoGrid, and SingleHop. Additional providers will be added in the coming months.
Bill Stein, interim CEO and CFO at Digital Realty, said: "Businesses are seeking a more flexible data centre environment, with easier access to a hybrid solution of private, semi-private, and public cloud. By partnering with ComputeNext, we now offer access to a one-stop shop for cloud infrastructure services from trusted providers within the Digital Realty Global Cloud Marketplace.
"This partnership, in combination with other strategic alliances we are forging - such as those previously announced with TW Telecom and Level 3 Communications to enable direct and secure connectivity to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure - are important initiatives in our ongoing efforts to provide businesses with flexible data centre solutions that fit their IT and business strategies."
Digital Realty said it selected the ComputeNext platform based on its rapid infrastructure deployment and provisioning, and access to a multitude of cloud platforms, products, and services from a single sign-on portal with one support contact and a single point of billing. The GCM will offer Digital Realty clients worldwide choice and flexibility when using cloud services.
Sundar Kannan, CEO of ComputeNext, said: "Data centre and colocation providers are the backbone of the cloud economy, and we're tremendously excited to be working with innovators like Digital Realty to power their new global cloud marketplace. We look forward to enabling their clients to do business with one another more easily, with a more flexible and more complete range of cloud services.
"At ComputeNext, we strive to bring cloud end-users the most efficient form of cloud discovery and procurement. Our platform allows clients to quickly search and provision cloud resources, with a unified API to search, catalogue and manage workload lifecycles, without tying clients to a specific cloud platform or geography. This aligns perfectly with Digital Realty's global reach and expanding client base."