Today, from core infrastructure to advanced machine-learning services, managed services are the key capabilities and value that clouds offer their customers. However, only cloud service providers have the ability to offer managed services. Software providers are locked out from creating native, managed services in clouds, and users are locked in to proprietary managed services from cloud service providers. As a result, software providers must compete against their cloud service providers’ own managed services with limited cloud software images or SaaS solutions, and cloud users are forced to take least-common-denominator approaches for their multi-cloud strategies.
Open Services Cloud opens the services layer in clouds to enable anyone to create open, portable, managed services. By opening managed services to all, Open Services Cloud can open up the entire cloud services market so that cloud service providers can offer a much wider range of both 1st-party and 3rd-party managed services, software providers can create managed services of their solutions anywhere, and users can consume the services of their choice from the clouds of their choice.
Finally, Open Services Cloud can significantly increase the overall cloud market and foster a vibrant new market for managed cloud services. Users will more easily adopt and transition to cloud, software vendors will grow their cloud services business, and cloud service providers will expand their range of business and offerings.
Note: this BoF will be two hours long, and will include a casual dinner and beverages for attendees.