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The Cloudcast - Ep. 57: Futures Markets for Public Cloud Services

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Date: September 27, 2012

By: Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely

Description: Brian talks with Dr. James Mitchell, CEO of Strategic Blue about “Cloud Broker-Dealing,” how cloud computing is becoming a commoditised market, and how we can expect to see a rapid progression towards commodity-market-style trading of futures contracts for cloud computing.

Topic 1 - For people that aren’t familiar with how futures markets work, in any industry, can you please give us the 50k ft. overview?

Topic 2 - Futures markets for Cloud Computing aren’t a completely new concept, as companies like SpotCloud (acquired by VirtuStream) introduced some functionality in 2011. What is the current status of the various futures markets for Cloud Computing?

Topic 3 - There are various opinions about whether public Cloud Computing actually saves costs over long periods of time (vs. shorter timeframes). What are you hearing from your customers about how futures markets are going to save them money?

Topic 4 - Do you see the public Cloud Computing providers offering these futures deals as a way to raise capital for their own expansion?

Topic 5 - What are the basics that any customer looking to purchase future Cloud Computing resources should be considering?

 

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