GoGrid expands its portfolio of infrastructure-as-a-service offerings with the latest Hosted Private Cloud, which lets customers run applications in a public cloud environment that uses hardware dedicated to their use.
GoGrid introduced an enterprise-grade hosted private cloud platform
on Jan. 19, delivering to customers both the benefits of cloud computing and dedicated
The GoGrid Hosted Private Cloud
features the same
capabilities as GoGrid's public cloud offering
, the company said. The hosted
private cloud offers the same on-demand, programmable, manageable, and scalable
service that customers demand from a public cloud.
GoGrid Hosted Private Cloud "delivers the complete set of
benefits and features expected from a public cloud computing environment on
private, dedicated hardware," said John Keagy,
CEO and co-founder at GoGrid.
GoGrid allows customers to deploy infrastructure components
with a self-service and metered pricing model, making the environment more like
public clouds than the traditional hosted services.
For its platform, GoGrid integrated the hosted private cloud
with its public cloud to speed up the process of allocating new resources. Customers
use the public cloud to quickly add or expand capacity as needed while running
the applications on the hosted private cloud side, the company said. Customers
can automatically deploy individual virtual machines on their own, but GoGrid
will need extra time to source additional hardware when needed.
The hosted private cloud is more than just adding
virtualization software to dedicated hardware, which can be cost-prohibitive,
Customers typically lose some of the financial benefits of
the public cloud because they have to order and pay for an entirely new server
or blade in order to scale up, instead of just adding in the little bit of
storage or networking that is needed. In return, they gain security and
reliability of being on a machine that no one else is using.
Gartner analyst Ted Chamberlin said GoGrid's private cloud
platfrom will help the company compete with its larger rivals, such as Amazon and
Rackspace Hosting. "Amazon doesn't do this," Chambers says, and that "limits
their attractiveness to enterprise customers who have security and privacy
France Telecom's Orange is one of the first companies to use
GoGrid's Hosted Private Cloud, GoGrid said.
A number of other companies have recently rolled out hosted
private clouds, including Unisys and Rackspace Hosting
. Hosted private clouds are often used to power
back-end systems because they are unlikely to need additional resources to
accommodate spikes in performance and traffic.
GoGrid recently expanded its a Hybrid Cloud service, where
customers can use a GoGrid data center to build secure, high-performance
infrastructure to power applications on dedicated and virtual servers. The
GoGrid Hybrid Cloud combines virtual and physical servers in the public cloud,
using hardware-based F5 load balancers, private VLANs, integrated cloud storage
and hardware firewall appliances, the company said.
Hybrid Cloud customers can provision dynamically scalable
virtual and physical environments via a Web portal, the company said. Users can
choose between physical and virtual servers when building out critical business
infrastructure, said Philbert Shih, Senior Analyst at Tier1 research. There are
benefits to giving IT teams the flexibility to manage both types of servers
from a single interface, instead of creating a physical bridge to connect the
two types, according to Shih.