A growing number of companies call themselves cloud services brokerages (CSBs). The term, essentially coined by Gartner and now championed by VP Tiffani Bova, describes a world where VARs and MSPs recommend, integrate and manage multiple cloud systems for customers.
We're keeping a running list of CSBs here: http://www.talkincloud.com/CSB.
The latest CSBs raising their hands for some attention include:
- CloudMore, which offers cloud services aggregation and activation through partners. The company serves the UK, Sweden, Finland, Noway, Denmark, Ireland, and more. Key partners include IBM, Microsoft, HP Autonomy, VMWare, Soonr, and Crytpzone. CloudMore claims to serve more than 1,000 partners, which in turn have 100,000 end-users.
- DirectCloud, a recently launched division of DirectDial.com. They are based in Canada, working closely with Office 365, SherWeb and Adobe Creative Cloud for teams.
- Issal, which claims to be the No. 1 cloud services provider (CSP) in North Africa (we can't confirm that independently). Issal partners with Google Apps and Asigra, and also rents resources atop a VCE platform.
- Nephos Networks claims to be the first cloud broker in Latin America (we have not independently confirmed that. The company provides SaaS-based business applications to the SMB market. Early investors include Nexsys, a major software distributor in the region. The company leverages Parallels Automation, Verizon Terremark and Windows Azure. The company is established in Florida (United States) for legal advantages.
- Nervogrid. As of mid June 2013, the company had more than 200 channel partners across Europe. Nervogrid is adding more than one partner per day, and the number of end users per month is growing at about 45 percent.
- SoftChoice Cloud. Softchoice a large solution provider based in Canada. In July 2012 the company launched its cloud offering. SoftChoice wants to help internal IT professionals to become internal cloud services brokers.
- The Rype Group was founded in 2009, and is an Australian Cloud Broker and SaaS integration training and support provider. The company partners with Google, Box, Apple, and more.
- VirtaCore. The company specializes in disaster recovery and Google Apps. The company's architecture is built atop Cisco UCS FlexPod and VMware vCloud Suite.
Is Talkin' Cloud endorsing the companies above? Nope. But are we closely tracking how CSBs potentially empower VARs and MSPs to integrate multiple cloud services for customers? Absolutely yes.
You'll see the company names above added to our central CSB list later today. And if you spot any CSB trends please give us a shout. To submit your company for consideration please use this email link.