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The SME OpenStack Swift Differentiator
SME enables companies, partners and ISV's to solve tactical problems that companies trialing Swift encounter when considering deploying Swift that “get in the way” to actually using it, such as:
- complicated single-sign-on
- direct desktop integration requirements
- legacy apps / appliances needing FTP (or other protocol access)
Without immediately solving these type of tactical issues (and there of course many more) the proposed project and use of Swift does not get off the ground. By offering confidence in solving these immediately then the deployment and use of Swift can simply move on.
These tactical issues are not use cases, they are Enterprise “must have’s” before Swift can even be considered.
Solving the tactical issues is an enabler for the main strategic initiative of getting OpenStack Swift used within a company on a formal trial basis and, for SME it enables us to demonstrate the power of the product and strategic benefits of using the SME product with Swift (Audit, Governance, tying together different data sources) etc.
The majority of our competitors have products that are not broad enough to solve such tactical issues and also do not have a professional services capability to close any other gap. This is a huge differentiator when working with Storage Made Easy compared to the alternative.
There are of course sometimes tactical areas where even the SME product is not broad enough to solve such tactical issues and that is where the SME professional services capability comes in to deal with this. We have worked on many OpenStack projects and we always ensure that anything developed becomes part of our standard product build.