Cloud Startup: Metacloud – Production Ready From Day One!
On Tuesday, I was able to sit down with Mr. Steve Curry, co-founder and President of Metacloud, to talk in depth about what drives Metacloud forward in this ever changing industry of cloud computing.
A little background on the company to start off with; Metacloud was originally funded back in August 2011 and is based in Pasadena, California. The startup is located quite close to Caltech which Mr. Curry says is a great site for bringing in new, engineering talent. Since their start, Metacloud has grown from two entrepreneurs to a team of around 24. Curry states that during the beginning stages of development, the Metacloud team endeavored to focus much more on engineering what consumers truly wanted and needed with private cloud technology rather than on marketing and sales. With this stringent strategy, it has taken around two years to develop what is now known as Carbon|OS. The strategy obviously worked, as well, considering this new technology was so novel it recently earned recognition as a Best of VMworld 2013 finalist in August, which is quite a feat.
Carbon|OS is quite exclusive to Metacloud. It is a technology that piggy-backs on the client’s existing infrastructure. Metacloud then operates the product remotely. Mr. Curry states that this aspect of bringing the software technology, as well as the operational and engineering expertise to the customer is a major advantage.
Metacloud continues to run the operation around the clock in full service; continually monitoring the cloud, as well as seeking out and solving challenges in real-time. Their services extend out to performing software updates, patching and security enhancements. The Metacloud team endeavors to continue innovating and streaming out those innovations and upgrades automatically to each and every client. Many cloud services, while they may offer twenty-four hour assistance, may not be able to solve challenges in real time making MetaCloud’s services and technology stand above.
What else sets Metacloud apart from other cloud computing services? Well, let’s see how Metacloud tends to their clients. Many Metacloud clients include Fortune 5000’s. These enterprises already have their own hardware and datacenter agreements and prior to utilizing private cloud services, many only exhaust around 10%-15% of their hardware usage, says Curry. Obviously, when big companies seek out cloud services, the company aims to maximize what infrastructure is already in place and minimize expenditure. With many cloud services, companies are asked to purchase additional hardware which can be expensive and superfluous. Metacloud aims to maximize the utilization and efficiency of their clients’ hardware and datacenter by starting with a smaller installation on current hardware. Then, in a year or two when the company is ready to update their hardware, clients may ask for suggestions as to how best to maximize “performance and reliability,” which maximizes the product’s capabilities, as well.
It is clear what attracts companies to the public cloud; that of operation assistance. With Metacloud’s Carbon|OS, clients get just that; a full cloud service that is “production ready from day one,” as Curry put it. Clients can “just simply consume.” With other cloud services that operate over OpenStack space, there are many stipulations and specifications with regard to hardware. However, Metacloud requires two simple specifications that Curry says is pretty much common among all hardware nowadays. Metacloud is confident that they can stand a private cloud on existing hardware for clients and potential clients without the need to purchase any additional hardware, which reduces the company’s total cost of ownership (TCO).
While it was clear that Metacloud originally aimed to serve enterprise organizations, they have also gained quite a following from organizations that started relatively small. Curry says that many businesses start off in the public cloud mostly for the lower costs and full operations benefits. However, as a company expands, so does the expense of managing the cloud. It is then that businesses begin to look for a public cloud exit. Metacloud, Curry says, is the perfect exit strategy for those companies. Metacloud brings to the client the software, the operations management and twenty-four hour expertise, which clients desperately look for in cloud services.
By Glenn Blake