Cameyo, Cloudera Expand Channel-Friendly Platforms to Microsoft Azure

Partners helping clients use legacy Windows programs and take advantage of self-service analytics, take note.

Kelly Teal, Contributing Editor

November 11, 2019

4 Min Read
Cloud Computing

Last week’s Microsoft Ignite event in Orlando not only featured a flurry of announcements from Redmond, but from other vendors as well. Namely for the channel, cloud-native companies Cameyo and Cloudera each provided updates that will come of interest to partners.

Cameyo: Not Just on GCP Anymore

First up, Cameyo. The company delivers legacy Windows desktop applications to any device with full desktop functionality through HTML5 browsers. Until now, Cameyo has only offered its complete service on Google Cloud Platform. That changed last week when Cameyo said it also is bringing its premium features – elasticity, usage optimization, server hibernation, RDP Port Shield technology, Session Sync and more – to Microsoft Azure as well.

“This expands the opportunity for the channel in terms of being able to broaden the customer base,” said Andrew Miller, co-founder and CEO of Cameyo.

Mark Bowker, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, agreed.

“Flexibility and choice are critical for organizations when migrating to the cloud,” Bowker said in a prepared statement. “By enabling organizations to utilize their own instance of Azure and still experience the full benefits of the Cameyo virtual application delivery platform, Cameyo is extending its commitment to let customers run in their environment of choice — regardless of which cloud, hybrid cloud, or on-premises environments they choose.”

In addition, partners will be able to offer a licensing structure that does not come with usage costs on top. Unlike some other cloud vendors, Cameyo’s monthly per-head licensing fee includes all consumption.

“This is significant from a partner perspective, too,” said Robb Henshaw, chief marketing officer at Cameyo. “They won’t get a flood of calls about bill variances.”

Keep in mind, though, that caveat only applies to the fully hosted version of Cameyo’s platform, not the self-hosted. Another item to note is that users of the fully hosted service receive all billing through Azure.

Overall, Azure users can take advantage of the following from Cameyo:

  • Greater control and compliance — Cameyo says organizations using its platform within their own Azure instances gain control of their environments and simplify regulatory compliance.

  • Cost savings — Cameyo’s elasticity and usage optimization technologies reduce expenses by spinning servers up and down based on demand; this keeps organizations from paying for servers that aren’t in use.

  • Enhanced user experience — Cameyo’s Session Sync provides data resiliency so a user’s settings and files follow them from session to session, creating an uninterrupted experience across devices.

  • Infrastructure reduction — Cameyo’s platform requires no virtual desktop infrastructure investment.

  • Increased security — Cameyo’s RDP Port Shield technology protects against RDP vulnerabilities that can lead to brute force attacks and ransomware.

To use Cameyo, organizations load the applications they want to publish to their employees to the Cameo platform. IT then determines who in the organization may access each app, or whether to publish apps to everyone. Once that’s done, users access the legacy Windows software from a browser.

Cameyo is offering Cameyo for Azure free to new customers for the month of November.

Cloudera Brings Its Data Platform to Azure


Cloudera’s Mick Hollison

Next up, Cloudera, an enterprise data platform partners may offer on premises or in the cloud, now is available on Azure. Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) provides self-service analytics. Users can expect a consistent Azure experience with high performance, as well as security and governance capabilities, across hybrid environments, Cameyo said.

“Much like what happened with the bring-your-own-device phenomenon of the last decade, today’s business users are demanding to ‘bring their own data’ into the enterprise,” Mick Hollison, chief marketing officer at Cloudera, said. “They want to analyze, report and predict business outcomes on that data in real time.”

Cloudera says CDP on Azure responds to …

… those requirements. For example, the platform includes what Cloudera calls the “shared data experience.” IT leaders can create a secure data lake in hours and eliminate tedious scripting activities. This makes data engineering and warehousing, and machine learning, come to fruition faster, according to the company.

Cloudera uses Azure infrastructure services including:

  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 to run high performance analytics with increased availability and durability.

  • Azure Resource Manager templates to deploy infrastructure as code in Azure, which translates into rapid, consistent and repeatable deployment of CDP services.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service to scale up or down depending on the analytics workload. This helps organizations more easily meet service-level agreements and take advantage of cloud bursting.

Cloudera Data Platform is available for preview on Azure and priced per hour for instance types with a variety of CPU, GPU and RAM options.

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About the Author(s)

Kelly Teal

Contributing Editor, Channel Futures

Kelly Teal has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist, editor and analyst, with longtime expertise in the indirect channel. She worked on the Channel Partners magazine staff for 11 years. Kelly now is principal of Kreativ Energy LLC.

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