Platform Providers Claim Cloud Advantage

There’s an astonishing quantity of cloud computing-related news this week, but some
companies feel they can stand out from the crowd by offering platforms as well.

For example, Platform Computing is today
announcing the release of Platform ISF, a private cloud management system that combines
reporting, self-service, provisioning, and delivery of servers and connectors with all
existing enterprise software.

“This is the most comprehensive end to end private cloud offering I know of,” Songnian
Zhou, CEO of Platform Computing, told “I have been working in
the computing management business for 17 years, focusing on data intensive applications,”
he added.

The product is designed to work with any operating system, virtualization management
system, security provisioning system, directory system, reporting and billing system,
data management system, management console, and even with custom applications, he

“Platform ISF enables applications to run on shared infrastructure driving the higher
utilization rates and accordingly the highest ROI across clusters, grids and clouds,” he
said in a statement.

Zhou said that he sees ISF as reversing what VMware does. Where VMware takes one
server and turns it into many, ISF takes many servers and turns them into a single
resource pool. It then allocates resources according to company policies and delivers
services while also tracking them for both performance and compliance audits.

“Amazon EC2 has no policies. It’s like McDonald’s where you pay and they give it to
you,” he said. “We all know what happens if you do that every day for a month.”

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