​Bevan Slattery launches datacentre and cloud service provider directory

Bevan Slattery has established an online directory listing collocation datacentres, cloud service providers, and interconnected fabrics from around the world.
Written by Aimee Chanthadavong, Contributor

Australian tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery has launched his latest venture Cloudscene, a public directory that lists more than 4,700 collocation datacentres and 4,200 cloud and internet service providers from 110 countries.

According to Slattery, the aim of Cloudscene is to improve industry transparency and consolidate the currently fragmented cloud market.

"It's been evident for some time that the traditionally long and difficult buying process for datacentre and enterprise cloud services was not going to change," he said.

"It was out of frustration that the concept of Cloudscene was born. Having invested significantly on these services myself, it became obvious that there was an information gap that needed to be filled."

Digital Realty, Telstra, VentraIP, Megaport, Vocus Communications, Superloop, and NextDC are among some the service providers already actively using Cloudscene.

As part of the launch, Cloudscene has invested in an in-house product development team and Australian-based data analysts to undertake research, analysis, and verification work.

Slattery was also responsible for establishing Megaport in 2013. Megaport initially operated as a dark fibre business before its dark fibre assets were spun off. Slattery then founded a separate company called Superloop that could focus solely on expanding its layer 2 elastic connectivity platform outside of Asia and Australia.

"Rather than enterprises needing to purchase long-term, fixed bandwidth circuits between datacentres and their cloud providers, Megaport has developed a platform that uses software-defined networking to enable our customers to provision secure, dedicated, and highly scalable circuits otherwise known as 'elastic interconnects' between their network and other networks connected to the Megaport fabric," Slattery said at the time.

"With Megaport, customers can provision elastic interconnects for as long as a year and as short as one day, as slow as 1 megabit per second or as fast as 100 gigabits per second."

Last week, Megaport reported a net loss of AU$21.35 million on revenue of AU$2.68 million for the full year as it continued to focus on expanding its network across APAC, Europe, and North America.

Similarly, Superloop announced for its full year results a net loss of AU$7.2 million, a substantial rise over last year's AU$1.2 million loss due to an increase in building out fibre, datacentres, and submarine cable landing stations across the Asia-Pacific region.

Despite the loss, Slattery remained optimistic, saying Superloop is well positioned to benefit from the growth in transmission and storage of data, including increased bandwidth requirements from the rise in cloud computing, video on demand, and the increase in internet-connected devices.

"The Asia-Pacific region is predicted to overtake North America as the largest generator of cloud traffic in the world, and Hong Kong and Singapore have become the established hubs for datacentres and international submarine cable capacity in the region," he said.

"With expanding networks in place across Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, the group will have established a platform to leverage its core infrastructure assets and drive further growth and customer acquisitions."

Prior to Megaport and Superloop, Slattery was also the founder of NextDC and Pipe Networks, both of which he left in 2013 and 2010, respectively.

Slattery left Pipe Networks less than a year after it was picked up by TPG, and left NextDC to focus on his other businesses.

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