Enterprise Cloud Hosting
Insights, tips and strategies on virtualization and cloud computing
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Although not all applications in existence today are suitable for a cloud environment, future generations are being developed with an enterprise cloud hosting platform in mind. This, combined with increasing comfort levels of organizations already using the cloud, means that enterprise cloud hosting platforms are likely to become the de facto standard for a company’s IT infrastructure.
iland offers three enterprise cloud hosting environments to house your systems and applications in the cloud: public, private and hybrid. Because every organization is different, iland works with you to determine the right environment for both your present and future needs:
- Public cloud environment - the most cost effective, offers more business agility and is very flexible
- Private cloud hosting environment - provides tighter security for sensitive data
- Hybrid cloud - a combination of both public and private and offers an environment for both non-mission critical and mission-critical workloads
For organizations thinking about transitioning to the cloud, enterprise cloud hosting offers a number of benefits:
Trusted enterprise cloud platform - iland’s cloud platform is built on VMware’s industry leading vSphere and vCloud Director technologies, both familiar and trusted environments with common management, performance, automation, and a robust and proven security model. Architected on enterprise class servers, with storage, switching and tier 1 low-latency connectivity and housed within our US and European-based fully secure and redundant ISO 27001/SSAE 16 certified datacenters, our enterprise cloud hosting services are designed to maximize uptime and ward off physical and virtual threats.
Security – you can maintain security and control over your virtual datacenter with policy-based user controls and virtual firewall technology. Our enterprise cloud hosting platform allows customers to connect securely with VPNs, set up users, grant varying degrees of access permissions, and record log data.
Control - our portal gives you full access to your virtual datacenter resources, wherever and whenever you need them. Increase business agility by deploying preconfigured virtual machines from catalog based templates, or use the open virtualization format (OVF) to upload your existing virtual infrastructure. Grow or shrink your resources as needed. You can also allocate resources for temporary test environments, store archival data offsite, or extend your internal or public facing systems into the iland Cloud.
Scalability - allows levels of scalability that cannot be easily reached using traditional IT environments. For instance, REST-based services, with the low overhead of XML over HTTP compared with other component technologies (such as .Net and CORBA), provide extreme scalability. This scalability can be enhanced by Web-based technology such as highly tuned Web servers and load balancers.
iland offers multiple pricing models for resources including Pay-as-you-Go, which is a consumption based model that is metered hourly and billed monthly, and a reservation pool which provides a predictable monthly cost with volume and term based discounts available.. Scaling is as simple as adding additional resources to existing machines, or building new ones.
Reduced costs – transitioning to the cloud means that a large portion of your capital budget becomes an expense within your operating budget because you don’t need to purchase hardware, physical space or software. iland enterprise cloud hosting is delivered on a pay as you go basis or a flat monthly fee depending on your specific needs. Costs are deferred and can be predicted with higher accuracy allowing you to undertake projects that would otherwise never be done simply because the initial capital costs are too high. And since cloud services are an operational expense, the capital expense approval process no longer applies and therefore becomes quicker to procure than conventional systems.