November 25, 2020

Software Price Models in the Cloud – Strategies for the Future

For businesses, the use of SaaS applications easier budgeting, faster deployment and less risk means. The future of software deployment seems so clear, but the path to software monetization in the cloud remains rather unclear for both cloud service providers as well as for established software vendors. 

 

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Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) opened cloud service providers and established providers of on-premise software, a new way to increase customer satisfaction, to secure sales and develop new markets. In fact, says a recent forecast by the American research and consulting firm Saugatuck Technology that already 65 percent of all companies will opt for new business software applications for cloud or hybrid solutions in, 2015.

50 percent of IT software budgets will then be invested in cloud-based applications; in 2010 there were at least 30 percent. Thus, the delivery of software, although open to service providers many doors, but the new technology also brings a number of problems related to access control, application, data acquisition and business agility with him. 

As early adopters have recognized SaaS, it is not easy to find the right feature compilation and appropriate pricing models. All this takes time and flexibility. 

SLA compliance

As with conventional software usage, it is important for the provider to secure compliance with the service agreement by the user. Because of the online model of cloud usage data can not only be used for billing purposes, but are also essential, for example, for business intelligence. 

Thus, the frequency and duration of use of certain features can deliver the product management important information for future product development. It is therefore particularly important that cloud service providers can easily track usage and create reports.

While cloud service providers are faced with problems, which also affected the supply of on-premise software decades ago, the benefits of the cloud, however, exceed the potential teething problems by far.

include offers of GoDaddy, GreenQloud, KT, Nokia, Tata Communications and Zynga. 

The cloud platform based on CloudStack is compatible with major virtualization technologies. This makes them to guarantee investment security list for IT departments that would extend their existing infrastructure. For it shall spieln not matter whether these structures are based on “KVM” Oracle VM, vSphere, “Xen Server” or a combination of these technologies. 

The alternative to vSphere and Oracle VM

With the current version of Citrix CloudStack promoted in particular its activities to provide VMware users with an open source alternative in building vSphere-based cloud. In March, Citrix had introduced the Support for VMware in OpenStack; now this possibility also in CloudStack. 

In addition to enhanced support for vSphere and Oracle VM, the upcoming version of Citrix CloudStack is also included bare metal provisioning. In order to be even more flexible cloud installations. Because the data can be delivered directly to physical servers without hypervisor and manage.

Citrix CloudStack with support for VMware vSphere and bare metal provisioning as a free download available (see the link is under CloudStack.org). Citrix is a commercial version with support. 

Software or service 

Oracle VM support is expected in October, followed by “Microsoft Hyper-V” later in the fourth quarter. CloudStack can be used on site or as a hosted cloud service.