Yahya Mohamed Mao


How we went from renting apartments to renting the entire virtual skyscraper with our innovative…

Introducing the features of n’cloud.swiss also known as “Swiss made” alternative to the leading cloud providers à la Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Reaching the summIT of cloud innovation with n’cloud.swiss (Image: www.beobachter.ch)

This article aims to provide you with an introductory information on what n’cloud.swiss is capable of. The target is to present you as customer or reseller features, functionalities and applications. We will touch briefly each of these individual features to give you an overview to learn more about our cloud platform which we are aiming to establish as “Swiss made” alternative to the major cloud providers across the globe. The latter led by the likes of Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. All of these three are American cloud providers. For this reason, many experts see a huge potential for n’cloud.swiss to herald not only a new era in cloud computing but also to make us less dependent from American giants. In fact, outside the USA serious competition only comes from Chinese giant Alibabcloud.

n’cloud.swiss and the world’s leading cloud providers Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform & Co.

The n’cloud.swiss ecosystem — a virtual skyscraper

When n’cloud was introduced in 2009 as one of the first clouds in Europe, Founder and Chairman André Matter had the idea of creating a freedom to work anywhere. That is how n’cloud Virtual Office was born. Compared to an apartment that one can rent in a virtual skyscraper, customers cloud ask for as many rooms as they required. The Virtual Office provided everything necessary to enable their work environment. A perfectly organized workspace, integrating all of their workplaces and staff, including a caretaker watching over data and devices, as well as a housekeeper to maintain everything properly and tidy. A security service would guard the office day and night.

What exactly is n’cloud?

With n’cloud.swiss we went from renting apartments to renting the entire virtual skyscraper. Comparable to the architecture of multi-level load-bearing masonry buildings and structures, the n’cloud.swiss building is characterized by four setbacks. Architects would agree that setbacks help lower the building’s center of mass. Consequently, the building becomes more stable. Stability and reliability play an extremely important role. All our products enjoy “Swiss made” high quality standards in terms of security and reliability in setup and operation of fail-safe cluster-systems.

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An innovative cloud platform characterized by four different setbacks

The foundation of n’cloud.swiss is Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). On top of that, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) represents the first setback. Software-as-a-Service follows in a step-like recession and forms the third main category of our cloud computing services. The building is completed by n’STORE, an innovative internal n’cloud.swiss application catalogue.

n’cloud.swiss — “Swiss made” alternative to Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure & Co.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service — Provide virtualized computing resources over the Internet

On the infrastructure side, one can easily spin up virtual machines, run back-ups or make use of high available blocks and object storage. The idea here is to provide virtualized computing resources over the Internet, as it is the case with n’cloud Virtual Office.

Platform-as-a-Service by n’cloud.swiss — Easy and fast transfers of existing developments from or to other major cloud platforms

The platform side allows you can run all your EC2 instances. For example if you are an AWS user and look for an alternative, then you can simply with a few steps export your VMs from EC2 and export to n’cloud.swiss. Same thing applies for S3. What is extremely important to keep in mind is that we provide the complete AWS API stack for those services. In other words, whenever you are having your developments running on AWS and you have got your API calls running on a regular basis, you can simply copy-paste these codes by replacing the URLs by the ones provided by n’cloud.swiss. As a result, you can run exactly the same codes and workloads on our platform.

Software-as-a-Service — Continuous Development-as-a-Service to revolutionize the cloud making possibilities become endless

On the software side, a number of services is provided by n’cloud.swiss. These are amongst others Docker and Kubernetes-as-a-Service, as well as API Monitoring, Analytics Hadoop, VPN and Cloud Watch. A unique feature of n’cloud.swiss is Continuous Development-as-a-Service (CDaaS). The award winning service enables customers to use a complete CI/CD environment while reducing time and costs in the development process. The cost-efficient solution is based on automated n’cloud.swiss tools and can be deployed in any development or productive environment without external dependencies. In short, with CDaaS, the cloud is being revolutionized and the possibilities become endless.

n’STORE — The marketplace for business applications and services

Within the n’STORE, we offer more than 142 applications from 30 different IT categories “free and ready to go” as well as the opportunity to upload also other development applications and tools easily. As a further competitive advantage and innovation, this type of marketplace allows customers around the world to offer their applications and services in a shop-in-shop environment, as Apple or Google are already doing with their app stores. Customers who are seeking for new solutions/services can enter their requirements (e.g. new CRM, new website, development cases etc.) and receive quotes from vendors for the upcoming projects.

API connectivity and cloud exit strategy as the answer to vendor lock-in

Finally yet importantly, two major things have to be mentioned regarding n’cloud.swiss. API connectivity for easy and fast transfers of existing developments from or to other major cloud platforms such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform takes into consideration the importance of having a cloud exit strategy. Nowadays, cloud customers are often face vendor lock-in. Also known as customer lock-in, they find themselves dependent on a vendor for products and services. As a result, they become unable to use another vendor without substantial switching costs. This is something we do not expect our customers to put up with. The cloud as the next big thing and digitization tool par excellence should be a real benefit without creating mistrust towards cloud providers. Our customers should stay with us because of the added value we provide them with and not because we make them stay against their will through customer lock-in.

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At n’cloud.swiss, it’s all about designing a cloud according to every customer’s specific requirements within the same product

It is a well-known fact that companies with a cloud strategy in place run in or up to 4 clouds simultaneously. Either because they are independent from a single provider, due to legal reasons, services fitting better to certain requirements or just due to more attractive pricing models than others. Companies from the government, energy or financial sectors or the ones working with sensitive data, are not allowed to have their data in a cloud outside their territory. They either have to deploy their own cloud ON-PREM and/or work in public clouds within the territory.

The size of the super cloud companies from the US and China and their impact create more and more various concerns. Even when a cloud of the majors is running in any other country than the US, the main questions arising are: Where is my data stored? Who does have access to it?

These concerns are due to economic, commercial, legal or protective reasons. Even though most cloud platforms run unmanaged, customers are more and more seeking advice, support and want to learn how to use cloud computing services faster, more efficient and more advanced to make the most of it. Regarding this issue and maybe with the exception of large clients, there is a big lack in assistance for small and medium sized companies from any of the major cloud providers. Last but not least, customers want to have the freedom to decide where to run their cloud (geographic, security perspective) as well as operating them as a Public, Private or Hybrid version or in a combination of the three models. For this reason, we have equipped n’cloud.swiss with a multicloud character. The idea is to enable customers to design a cloud according to their specific requirements with the same product, either as a service model (public cloud), an on-prem version in existing IT environments (private cloud) or as a hybrid variant to bring together the advantages of both private and public cloud.

The trend goes from «X-as-a-Service» to «Everything-as-a-Service»

By observing the cloud industry, we immediately realize that technology in this industry, especially when it comes to software, it is particularly easy to that your innovation quickly becomes commodity for your competitors. The smartphone industry shows the same characteristics. It has become extremely difficult to stand out and excel competitors through unique innovations that are hard to copy. When it comes to the cloud market, the only option one can have is products or services that respond to a maximum amount of customers’ needs and expectations. Now, cloud providers should get away from that typical “X-as-a-service”. Customers should enjoy flexibility and decide freely how to integrate the cloud into their daily business. We believe that the cloud market might experience a notable change in competition. Multicloud could be the coming USP and a way of innovative differentiation.

While the U.S. Congress recently approved the CLOUD Act for data stored overseas and strictly speaking opened a back door for the FBI, CIA, and NSA to intercept virtually anyone without any court order, the need for an alternative to the major cloud providers becomes probably greater than ever. A market that is dominated by four American (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and IBM Softlayer) and one Chinese (Alibabcloud), definitely presents numerous possibilities for n’cloud.swiss AG. “Swiss made” high quality standards in terms of security and reliability in setup and operation of fail-safe cluster-systems might present for us a valuable competitive advantage.

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