In this second episode I’m with Viktor Petersson (VP of Business development at CloudSigma) and we talk about:
– Why customers like that CloudSigma is based in Switzerland
– CloudSigma differentiation when compared to Amazon AWS
– Why Cloud Sigma is not running on Openstack
I’m still working on audio quality, recording interviews on Skype and managing different audio levels is not easy as it sounds, but next episodes should be better.
Here the transcript of the interview:
Enrico: Hi everybody and welcome to the next episode of Juku Beats. I am Enrico Signoretti and today, I’m here with Viktor Petersson, VP of business development at Cloud Sigma. Hi, Viktor.
Enrico: You know how this blog works but in this case, I also want to ask you thought question about your company. With Cloud Sigma, what do you do?
Viktor: Sure. Cloud Sigma is a public file access service. We have the coordinates both in Europe and North America.
Enrico: Thank you very much. My first question for this interview is about the fact that you are based primarily in Switzerland. What does it mean for your customers working with a service provider based in Switzerland?
Viktor: Sure. For us actually, this is a very big advantage because we see a lot of customers trusting the Swiss privacy laws. That means that we actually can get customers both from all over Europe as well as North American customers. They put trust in the Swiss law system basically and the Swiss legal system. For us, that’s actually a very big advantage. Our holding company is actually based out of Switzerland so that means there is no worry for a customer to get by without going through our legal system in Switzerland.
Enrico: Good. Very good. What is the real differentiator between you and the market [figures 00:01:37]? How [inaudible 00:01:40]?
Viktor: Sure. For us, the biggest differentiator is that we basically allow you to what we call is the virtual data center, which means that you can basically do anything in our cloud as you can do with [inaudible 00:01:54]. You can set up and configure patch working and virtual machines almost as you would with physical inventory. We don’t have any [inaudible 00:02:06] you actually dial into CPU disk and memory for each VM when you create it to actually [fit to work 00:02:12] for the setup picking from a handful of VMs or whatever is the competitor has to offer. You can actually dial into actual workload. That’s one of the biggest competitive advantages as well as the running on all C storage.
Enrico: Great. The last question is about the fact that as far as I know, you are not using OpenStack in production. What is your point of view about OpenStack and what are your future plan about it?
Viktor: Sure. When we started out, OpenStack was not ready for production at all. What we ended up doing though is we wrote a wrong wrapper or control layer on top of KPN. OpenStack is definitely interesting. It has evolved significantly over the last year and a half or so. For us though, I still got it down by just not writing OpenStack . We’re obviously keeping close eye on OpenStack going forward but for the time being, we can do more with our stack and [inaudible 00:03:15] we have on that than what we would have from switching to OpenStack . Time will tell if it will remain that way or not.
Enrico: Okay. Really interesting. Thank you very much for your time, Viktor.
Viktor: Thank you, Enrico.