Failure has become an option. At least according to Forbes Magazine who concludes that cloud computing now allows businesses a low-cost way to try and fail with new ideas.
This fast track to innovation is made possible within all three layers of the cloud stack: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
But, the hard part is finding a hosting provider you can trust and one who can help you leverage the opportunities found in each layer.
The Virtual Internet Cloud Data Centers stack up extremely well against our competition including traditional heavyweights such as RackSpace and Amazon EC2. In fact, one key distinguishing feature of VI services is our ability to offer both Xen OnApp Servers and VMware cloud solutions.
We were one of the first providers in the UK to offer this dual capability which means customers have a wide choice of options when testing and deploying new Internet applications. This enables faster service and faster time to market especially in the IaaS and PaaS layers. Within SaaS, Virtual Internet offers robust online office options via hosted Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint Portal.
With the recent opening of our U.S. data centers we have also jumped past both Amazon and Data Pipe in terms of geographical cloud distribution points.
Further, several of our competitors are unable to offer both private and public clouds.
And, very few competitors, including Rackspace or Amazon give you direct access to an engineer as we do via any cloud service you purchase.
Our cloud servers are built on top of a fully redundant infrastructure with automatic failover mechanisms built in.
Combined, this infrastructure firepower allows us to move towards fulfilling the third stage of cloud advancement identified by the London School of Economics: Radical innovation business design.
In this scenario, business executives are actually provisioning and decommissioning parts of a business on as-need basis. This is an extreme maturation of the concept “on-demand” which characterizes cloud computing.
“This is a step beyond software as a service or infrastructure as a service, and amounts to the offering of “business processes as a service”—configured business services and processes provided from the cloud,” said Professor Willcocks, Dr. Venters and Dr. Whitely, of the London School of Economics & Political Science.
“These would be assessed not just through typical service-level agreements but against key business performance indicators.”
The statements made by the LSE are a crystal ball gaze into future business structures; so agile they would simply terminate a non-performing section of business in minutes (or hours) using the up-and-down scaling power of the cloud.
And, how on earth are they coming up with these bold predictions? Actually “where on earth” may be a better way of phrasing this question.
They have been studying new adaptive forms of organizational structures found at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
“To make possible the staggering 15 million gigabytes of data that are being produced every year by the LHC’s experiments, there was a need to create a global organization of collaborators.”
“140 computer research facilities at various universities and research facilities were pooled together to create a grid computing IaaS.“
The implications of doing this were mind-boggling. It required transcending global political bearuacries, diverse technical differences and business processes. It meant organizing an international system of support, upgrades and technological innovation.
The result is the first example of an agile Business-Process-as-a-Service (BPaaS). It’s founded upon collaboration and shared cloud-based technology. It is the most extreme form of offering scalable IaaS “on demand” for over 15 million gigabytes of data.
While we don’t claim that Virtual Internet is anywhere as powerful as the CERN organization (yet!), we do strive towards the same goals. For the last several years we have been consolidating, uniting and upgrading our cloud IaaS to move towards offering an international suite of cloud services that traverse the public, private and hybrid spheres.
This provides a platform for enterprise businesses to scale up and down with regards consumer demand, at cost effective prices. It provides a compelling alternative to the cost and complexity of running servers in-house or trying to emulate the private clouds we already offer.
The companies that survive the future will be the ones that can innovate-on-demand. We are one of the few hosting providers that can help you realize this capability across every layer of the cloud stack.
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