A managed cloud is a package of computing resources that a cloud service provider hosts and manages for the exclusive use of a single client. These dedicated computing resources are either physically or virtually segregated from resources that the service provider makes available to other clients. In a sense, a managed cloud offers service users the best of both worlds: they gain the added measure of security and control that comes with dedicated IT resources, while avoiding the CAPEX and maintenance costs associated with an on-premise private cloud.
There are several types of managed cloud, which mirror the basic categories of cloud computing services:
A leading example of a SaaS managed cloud is Akamai's Aura Managed CDN service, which is part of the Akamai suite of Network Operator Solutions.
Akamai's Aura Managed CDN service is a turnkey content distribution network (CDN) solution that enables network operators to meet the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities presented by today's online media environment. This managed cloud solution provides network operators with dedicated CDN servers within the global Akamai Intelligent Platform, the world's largest and most advanced cloud architecture for accelerating and securing the delivery of multimedia web content and web applications.
With the Akamai Aura Managed CDN solution, network operators can: