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June 12, 2012

GoGrid to Round out Day Two of Cloud Expo with Two Panel Discussions

By Carrie Schmelkin, TMCnet Web Editor

The expo floor at Cloud Expo East 2012 in New York might be about to close for the day, but the Javits Center will continue to be flooded with attendees well past dinnertime tonight and one company that is readying to take the mic is GoGrid, a cloud hosting provider that allows companies to build scalable cloud infrastructure in multiple data centers using dedicated and cloud servers, elastic F5 hardware load balancing, and cloud storage.

Tonight, Founder, Chairman and CEO John Keagy will kick off a session titled “Public and Private Clouds: What Every Company Needs to Know” at 6:20 p.m. EST and then close the night at 7:10 p.m. as a member of the CEO Power Panel titled “Cloud & Big Data Strategy Viewed Through the Lens of Business Value.” TMCnet had the chance to catch up with Keagy earlier today to get a sneak peek at the content that will be covered tonight.

“Just about everyone has cloud-washed their offerings,” he told TMCnet. “Everyone is doing well by slapping the label cloud on their offerings, but cloud is very young and things are developing quickly and this ability for vendors to achieve success just by slapping a cloud label on what they are doing is not going to be there in a couple of years.”

“We are a pure play cloud company; that’s all we do,” he added. “Amazon sells books and other companies have a variety of other services and are basically resellers of other people’s technology, but we have built our own platform and we are exclusively focused on operating that cloud platform.”

Founded in March of 2008, GoGrid has emerged as the world's largest pure-play Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that specializes in cloud infrastructure solutions. Currently powering thousands of customers globally, the company hangs its hat on making complex infrastructure easy by enabling businesses to revolutionize their IT environments with the cloud.

The past year has been particularly momentous for GoGrid thanks to the company’s global expansion of its private cloud offering in Amsterdam and the work it has done recently with Orange Business Services (News - Alert), the France Telecom-Orange branch dedicated specifically to business-to-business services.

In terms of the company’s global expansion, this marks an especially “important milestone” according to Keagy because GoGrid’s next stop will be Asia.

“We are pleased to be really the only pure play cloud that has a global footprint,” he said.

When it comes to its relationship with Orange Business Services, GoGrid is making the news for offering its private cloud infrastructure solution which will power a new network management application for Orange. According to company officials, Orange relies on the CIC solution to remotely monitor every component of a customer's communication infrastructure, using a management console that provides real-time tracking to facilitate speedy corrective action. By using GoGrid's private cloud infrastructure for its CIC solution, Orange is winning new customers, reducing time-to-market from months to weeks, and dramatically reducing overall costs.

Although it’s been a big year for GoGrid, the company is not all that surprised as it continues to distinguish itself in the market as the world’s largest pure play cloud provider.

“Not only are we the world’s largest pure play, but the reason we are is we take responsibility for building the platform that we operate,” Keagy said. “We are not a reseller. We can be more flexible then our competition that is dependent on third-parties for technology.”

So what areas will GoGrid focus on, following its two panel discussions tonight?

“There will be more global expansion and there will be more evidence of GoGrid as the price performance leader in big data, so I think you will see quite a few more case studies for the different use cases related to big data,” Keagy added. “Fundamentally, since we offer the best platform for any manner of compute storage and networking needs, we can deliver superior price performance and ease of use.”

Edited by Jamie Epstein
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