GreenPages Unveils Its Secret Cloud Weapon: Project CMaaS


GreenPages Technology Solutions ended its annual technology summit with a bang this week by demonstrating its own groundbreaking Cloud Management as a Service (CMaaS) tools offering.

The Kittery, Maine-headquartered national solution provider showed the service, which provides a single pane of glass to manage public, private and hybrid enterprise cloud environments as well as everything from servers to desktops and personal devices operating on the cloud, to about 100 customers on the final day of the conference, which was billed as “Cloudscape 2. The Journey Continues. Automate. Orchestrate. Manage.”

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The ambitious cloud management framework has been under development at GreenPages for more than a year and is scheduled to be delivered to customers priced on a per user basis later this year.

GreenPages CEO Ron Dupler called the CMaaS tool framework, which integrates cloud platforms like Amazon, Terremark and Rackspace with complex technology platforms like Cisco’s Unified Compute System (UCS), a breakthrough “game changer” that will allow midmarket companies to unlock the true potential of cloud computing.

“What we have got is a way for customers to operationalize cloud,” said Dupler in an interview with CRN at the Summit. “The market is dying for this. You cannot have an enterprise hybrid cloud environment without these tools. Otherwise, it is just too painful and unmanageable. We have been in the bunker looking at this and what is out there and feel this is a big game changer. This has been our biggest internal initiative over the last year.”

Several large midmarket customers have asked GreenPages, the winner of the SP500 2012 Company of the Year, for help in solving the thorny enterprise hybrid cloud management problem. Those midmarket customers have found enterprise solutions aimed at Fortune 100 companies too costly and some have even failed in their own attempts to develop a cost-effective cloud management offering.

GreenPages Chief Information and Technology Officer Kevin Hall, Vice President of Consulting and Integration Chris Ward and Vice President of Managed Services Michael Halperin provided customers with a live demonstration of the new CMaaS offering.

A CIO for a large midmarket company that viewed the demonstration said he was blown away by the potential benefits of the GreenPages CMaaS offering. He said the service solves a huge problem for midmarket customers grappling with everything from preventing cloud outages with proactive problem resolution to device and desktop asset management and updates. "The way it works is you log in once to the tool, and it manages everything from personal devices to public/private cloud resources," said the IT executive. The IT executive said he was particularly impressed by the CMaaS' ability to prevent a variety of potential cloud disasters with proactive alerts sent to an iPhone.

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