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Application deployment in a public cloud using Appcara requires, according to the company, a three-step process through which the partner selects applications from the company's portal, identifies which cloud will be used, approves the cost structure to support the application, and at that point the deployment begins. Once the app is up and running, security rules, backup, auto-scaling and similar configurations can be set.
Private cloud deployment is also available.
"The whole idea is to keep the user in a simple environment, rather than having to connect to the server and do this all manually," said Appcara's Speciale. "So if I'm a partner who is moving into the cloud, I can establish a foothold in one technology segment using our platform and then expand into other technology segments, and perhaps even technologies that I did not offer the customer prem."
But, some channel partners are cautious of the concept.
"If the vendor has a very solid relationship with the providers with whom they work, then this should be pretty straightforward," said Allen Falcon, CEO of Cumulus Global, a Westboro, Mass.-based solution provider. "If all the necessary APIs are available and working properly, it could be good. If not, then the primary benefits will be reduced. It's kind of like the old days of HP OpenView. If you have the right MIB for your switch, then you were in good shape. If they didn't, it was going to be very expensive."
Appcara currently claims 85 prepackaged application components for a variety of apps, including Oracle and MySQL.