"Cloud computing is still in the early stages of adoption and demand will continue to grow," noted Alban Richard, CEO of UShareSoft, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "Pricing, however, will vary," Richard continued. "Many cloud providers are playing a volume game and will reduce prices for compute, storage and network resources to meet the needs of price-sensitive customers."
A couple of months ago, AWS launched a new Marketplace where customers can find cloud software and launch it directly on AWS. The Marketplace now includes a few hundred AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) ranging from base OS images, to LAMP stacks up to fully-fledged business application stacks.
Here at UShareSoft, we're pretty excited by the AWS Marketplace. That does sound like an awful canned PR quote. But really: we are. Our mission has always been to simplify software delivery and the new AWS Marketplace is designed to do exactly that. We believe that the number of application marketplaces will expand massively in the future, reaching hundreds or thousands of stores catering to different verticals, individual country requirements, various ISV ecosystems and much more.
At the Cloud Expo in New York a couple of weeks ago, our friends at Dell recorded a short product demo by UShareSoft's CTO, James Weir. If you're new to our UForge image factory and app store platform, then take a quick look.
In just under 10 minutes, James gives you an overview of how you can use UForge to build, customize, share and maintain cloud server templates using our VM builder and white-labeled application marketplace. Find out how to assemble a custom cloud server template with a few clicks of your mouse, then upload, share and collaborate using the store.
And you'll get all the atmosphere of a live demo, thanks to the background buzz that shows just how busy this great event gets!
It's been an exciting few weeks here at UShareSoft, preparing for today's launch of UForge App Store, a multi-cloud platform that enables cloud providers, enterprises and ISVs to build their own application marketplace.
We believe that UForge App Store is truly unique. Blah-blah-blah, more marketing, I hear you cry. Well, yes. Obviously, we like to blow our own trumpet .... But also, no. Because unlike existing application marketplaces, which are typically little more than a library of “black box” images ready for provisioning, UForge is a dynamic, collaborative platform. It doesn't just include the new online store front where users can easily find software and applications for the cloud. It also includes our VM builder, for automatically modeling, creating, sharing and maintaining custom application stacks as cloud server templates, ready for publishing to the marketplace.