Amax Rolls Out New Cloud Appliance for SMBs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-25 Print this article Print

CloudMax is an on-premises, x86-based private cloud appliance that integrates hardware, storage, networking, virtualization and dynamic management to create a private cloud environment.

There's no question that the trend in SMB cloud computing looks something like this: Open box, take unit out of box, plug in unit, turn on unit, plug unit into the system.

Oh, sure, there may also be a few drop-down menus to peruse, and perhaps even an IP address to enter. But more and more of this equipment is preconfigured and, for all intents and purposes, plug-and-play.

Amax on April 25 perpetuated this trend by launching CloudMax, a private cloud appliance developed specifically for SMBs looking for a preintegrated hardware and software package-one that can deliver out-of-the-box cloud services.

CloudMax's on-premises, x86-based private cloud appliance integrates hardware, storage, networking, virtualization and dynamic management to create a private cloud environment, Amax said.

Securitywise, Amax uses unified threat management, which is embedded into the appliance infrastructure to enforce security on three levels-intrusion prevention, application control and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) VPN-for real-time protection without slowing down cloud performance, Amax said.

The unit combines cloud management automation, unified threat management and advanced platform engineering into a ready-to-deploy package, Amax said. Pricing starts at about $65,000.

Fremont, Calif.-based Amax, which has built its reputation since 1979 in the high-performance computing world by making custom servers and workstations, also makes high-performance computing clusters for customers such as CalTech, the Department of Defense, Stanford University and the Argonne National Lab.

Amax will be performing live demonstrations of CloudMax in booth #911 at Interop Las Vegas 2011 at Mandalay Bay on May 10-12, 2011.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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