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Future of Cloud (IX)

Interview with John Keagy, CEO and C-Founder of GoGrid and ServePath

In March 2010 Detecon's Thorsten Claus spoke with John Keagy, CEO and C-Founder of GoGrid and ServePath. John explained why he thinks that telecoms will get marginalized if they only concentrate on network buildout, and how potential partnerships and services could look like.

GoGrid is one of the most innovative “full service” Cloud providers for over 2000 business customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Clients include small to medium technology companies, large enterprises, International, Federal, State and local government agencies, and web hosting resellers. Together with GoGrid’s parent company ServePath, GoGrid is able to offer dedicated hosting, public clouds, and a highly flexible hybrid solution, plus a wide variety of managed services that are usually fairly complex and costly to provide, such as disaster recovery, content delivery networks, or load balancing, paired with a “10,000%” Service Level Agreement (SLA) – six minute service outage means ten hours of service credits. Recently GoGrid made its proprietary cloud computing operating system dubbed ‘SkySys’ publicly available to transform existing datacenters into Clouds, allowing multi tenancy including billing, real-time reporting, and support.

DMR: How do you position GoGrid in the market?

John Keagy: From the telecom provider perspective we are next to Amazon the largest Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider with a feature-complete offering. What I mean by that is that we are offering both Linux and Windows servers in the Cloud with integrated cloud storage, integrated load balancing, hourly billing, and we’re doing it for nearly 10,000 customers.

DMR: Are those customers mainly large companies or smaller companies?

John Keagy: Those are Web 2.0 companies and Web 2.0 business units of large enterprises. For example Macy’s with their iPhone app is a good example of a larger business that has a Web 2.0 business unit that’s doing business with us.

DMR: What’s so attractive about your offerings that specifically attracts Web 2.0 players or business units?

John Keagy: These are people with production workloads and they like us because we are true to standard datacenter computing concepts such as persistent storage, persistent IP addresses, contiguous IP addresses – real reliance. Those are standards of protectoral constructs that they’re using already in on-premises computing or in their other installations and that allow them to easily work with GoGrid.

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