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Cloud infrastructure company Joyent has launched Global Cloud Network (GCN), an alliance of mobile carriers who run their mobile clouds and IaaS on its data center fabric. GCN responds to the growth of mobile devices in Brazil, Russia, India and China, as well as the mobile-first markets of Africa, India and Indonesia.

Today, mobile-first carriers in emerging markets are facing scaling challenges with billions of real-time, data-intensive and latency-sensitive mobile transactions hitting their networks. The American vendor says these carriers require the ability to deliver high-performance and secure mobile cloud infrastructure services to meet the demands of today’s user-intensive mobile, web and mission-critical machine-to-machine applications, all requiring a new class of cloud infrastructure.

“The GCN is about improving the access, distribution and quality of cloud applications, services and content – especially to emerging and rapidly growing mobile first regions. It’s helping to lower the cost of software and content distribution by solving currency, language and service quality issues,” says Jason Hoffman, founder of Joyent. “The service providers who have joined us for the service will help fuel a new wave of business innovation and economic growth.”

The GCN offers the cloud computing equivalent of the airline industry’s Star Alliance program, bringing together top global service providers unified under a common set of APIs with common down stack reliability, delivering the only industrial grade cloud that meets the new requirements of today’s applications worldwide.  As a result, cloud-dependent businesses, including mobile app vendors, game developers, online retailers and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers, can reduce risk, while expanding their addressable market by offering mobile apps, online games and storefronts reaching markets exceeding a billion mobile users.

“With the shift to a device-based economy, it is critical there is a standard in place for high performance cloud infrastructure on a global scale to support this next wave of mobile computing,” says Jason Goecke, president of Voxeo Labs. Furthermore, Joyent has also announced its strategic alliance partners for the GCN.

With coverage across North America, Europe, Africa and India and multiple markets in Asia coming online this year, companies will now have a global cloud infrastructure. "Brought on by the massive shift to mobile computing, firms are being challenged to unleash the full potential of mobility in a scalable and cost-effective manner, without compromising on corporate security and compliance," says Lee Cocking, vice president of corporate strategy at Fixmo. "By partnering with Joyent, we can deliver turnkey solutions for mobile and bring your own device security.”

Customers leveraging the GCN to run their web and mobile applications gain peace of mind. For instance, Voxer required a cloud infrastructure stack with tools, performance and resiliency to provide users a better experience of push-to-talk mobile apps and it partnered with Joyent. “We looked at all of the leading cloud infrastructure providers and found Joyent was the only service that met the requirements of our real time and rapidly growing mobile application. By extending this service into multiple global markets, Voxer has more options for growth,” says Matt Ranney, CTO of Voxer.


What Analysts Say  


Cloud computing is a trend that has permeated the market over the last two years. It sets the stage for a new approach to IT. Cloud computing enables individuals and businesses to choose how they'll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models.  Five Cloud Computing Trends that will Affect Cloud Strategy through 2015.   


Formal Decision Frameworks Facilitate Cloud Investment Optimization

The cloud promises to deliver a range of benefits, including a shift from capital-intensive to operational cost models, lower overall cost, greater agility and reduced complexity. It can also be used to shift the focus of IT resources to higher-value-added activities or to support business innovation and lower risks. 


Hybrid Cloud Computing Is an Imperative

Hybrid computing refers to the coordination and combination of external cloud computing services (public or private) and internal infrastructure or application services. Over time, hybrid cloud computing could lead to an unified model in which there is a single "cloud" made up of multiple cloud platforms (internal or external) that can be used, as needed, based on changing business requirements. Enterprises need to focus near-term efforts on application and data integration, linking fixed internal and external applications with a hybrid solution. Where public cloud application services or custom applications running on public cloud infrastructures are used, guidelines and standards should be established for how these elements will combine with internal systems to form a hybrid environment.


Cloud Brokerage Will Facilitate Cloud Consumption

As cloud computing adoption proliferates, so does the need for consumption assistance. A cloud services brokerage (CSB) is a service provider that plays an intermediary role in cloud computing. Interest in the CSB concept has increased and this trend will accelerate over the next three years, whether they are in IT or a line-of-business unit, consume cloud services without involving IT. Firms should explore how they can position themselves as CSBs by establishing a purchasing process that accommodates cloud adoption and encourages business units to come to the IT organization for advice and support. 


Cloud-Centric Design Becomes a Necessity

Many organizations look first for opportunities to migrate existing enterprise workloads to a cloud system and/or an application infrastructure. This approach may provide benefits where the workload has a highly variable resource requirement, or where the application naturally lends itself to horizontal scalability. However, to fully exploit the potential of a cloud model, applications need to be designed with the unique characteristics, limitations and opportunities of a cloud model in mind. 


Cloud Computing Influences Future Data Center and Operational Models

In public cloud computing, an enterprise is acting as a consumer of services, with the cloud services provider handling the implementation details, including the data center and related operational models. However, to the extent the enterprise continues to build its own data centers, they will be influenced by the implementation models used by cloud services providers. Enterprises should apply the concepts of cloud computing to future data center and infrastructure investments to increase agility and efficiency.


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