For more information on First for Cloud, please contact Grant McPherson on (021) 529 5555.
Founded in May 2014, and under the auspices of First Distribution, First for Cloud is South Africa’s original cloud services brokerage.
Leveraging South Africa’s leading distributor’s relationships with multiple world-class cloud providers, ensures that as a reseller, you have access to the best global and local cloud products and services.
First for Cloud offers a number of solutions to get you started on the road to selling cloud services as quickly as possible. These include both pure cloud services, as well as value-added peripheral services such as consulting and webstore setup support, to name just a few.
The major component of First for Cloud are the webstores which it makes available to resellers. First for Cloud webstores are online partner branded shops which enable resellers to sell cloud services to their end-users.
Cloud services from the top global cloud providers and vendors are supplied through the First for Cloud Catalogue, and resellers have the ability to select which services they want to resell via their very own branded webstores.
Management is simple with unified billing, and reseller webstores are setup within 30 days.
CSBs, put simply, operate in a layer between cloud vendors and private enterprises, integrating various cloud services on one platform and making it easier for businesses to administer, navigate, integrate & consume cloud services whilst reducing cost and risk at the same time.
With so many services now available in the cloud, businesses can face serious complexity in trying to manage all their services and accounts, particularly if each service has its own separate account. CSBs add value in simplifying this by offering a single sign-on point, and usually a simple and logical dashboard of all current services utilised by the organisation.
This in turn allows organisations to reduce their own investment in time and IT resources in managing the complexity.
It stands to reason that an organisation which spends less time and effort on trivial administration is able to better focus on other more profitable areas of the business.
Enterprises also benefit from the economies of scale which CSBs can provide. Due to spanning a wide variety of services from a multitude of providers, CSBs can often offer better cloud usage rates than if individual enterprises signed up for cloud services individually.
This ties into the core element of what CSBs can offer, namely value. Whether it be simplicity, cost benefits, enhanced security or, as is often the case, all of the above, the CSB needs to add value to the original cloud services being offered in order to make a valid business case for itself.