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The Future of Cloud Computing? Private Cloud Management-as-a-Service"

When companies thinking about Cloud Computing they are always faced with topics like security and data privacy. Their fear and the risk is to high to suffer from data loss or that trespassers get access to the business critical data. The way into the public cloud is therefore increasingly weighed. The swedish company Witsbits comes up with a new concept I would call “Private Cloud Management-as-a-Service”. Quasi the swedish solution to face Cloud Computing.

The idea is relatively easy to understand. Using a bootable USB-stick or CD-ROM – with a Witsbit cloud-key stored on it – the administrator is preparing the physical servers on which the virtual machines (KVM) will be hosted afterwards. Based on the cloud-key the servers automatically connect to the Witsbits Management Platform. From here the administrator can manage the private cloud in the own data center/ server room using a centralized and web based surface.

The target group of this solution are small and medium-sized enterprises. Whereby I see a huge potential for systems houses and consultants, which are going to offer their customers a private cloud (flexibilization of existing local resources) or just want to manage the servers remote.

For the establishment no installation is required whereby the start-up can be done relatively quick. At the moment, Witsbits offers two different billing options: Free and Premium. The option „Free“ is, like the name means, free. However, the use is limited to 8 GB of VRAM (The maximum total amount of Virtual Machine primary memory (RAM) under management at any given time.). The option „premium“ costs $ 3 per month per 1 GB of VRAM, where there is no limit to the VRAM.

Von Rene Buest

Rene Buest is Gartner Analyst covering Infrastructure Services & Digital Operations. Prior to that he was Director of Technology Research at Arago, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. Rene is considered as top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he is one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies.

Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as Silicon.de and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore Rene Buest is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of CloudUser.de and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.

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