Logicworks, which offers hosted solutions, is making the move into cloud computing. Logicworks is offering its Private Cloud service, which is based on VMware's Virtual Infrastructure virtualization platform and is designed to give businesses a way to acquire and use IT assets without the costs and management hassles. A Logicworks Private Cloud includes at least two VMware ESX servers and two iSCSI servers for redundancy.
To Ken Ziegler, president and chief operating officer at managed
hosting provider Logicworks, moving into the cloud is just a natural
extension for his company.
That is the impetus behind Logicworks' Private Cloud offering, which the company unveiled June 17.
Based on VMware's Virtual Infrastructure virtualization technology
and its own management capabilities along with those from VMware, Logicworks
offering a service that includes all the benefits of cloud computing
without all the problems of a shared environment, Ziegler said in an
The new offering is aimed at businesses that need high availability
and top security, such as enterprises, financial services portals and
Logicworks uses such technologies as systems powered by Intel's new
Xeon 5500 Series "Nehalem EP" processors and 40 gigabits-per-second
InfiniBand connectivity. It also uses solid-state drives and the latest
VMware offerings, and will soon offer VMware's vSphere 4, which will
enable businesses to have up to eight processor cores per virtual
Logicworks' Private Clouds are fully dedicated to each customer, and
can be customized based on individual requirements. They offer the same
flexibility, performance and security that its other bare-metal service
provides, but with improved redundancy, scalability and manageability,
thanks to VMware's Virtual Infrastructure.
A Logicworks Private Cloud has at least two front-end VMware ESX
servers and two iSCSI servers for redundancy and protection against
service interruptions. Those iSCSI servers include DRBD, which is used
in high-availability clusters and ensure that data written to one is
simultaneously written to the second. If the primary fails, the
secondary automatically takes its place.
Customers manage their private clouds through VMware's vCenter software and Logicworks' LogicOps proprietary customer portal.
Manageability is key concern for businesses, which are seeing their data center environments becoming more complex.
"The whole concept of cloud computing is rooted in the idea of making complex management problems disappear," he said.
Ziegler said the economy is helping to drive
the interest in cloud computing. IT budgets are getting slashed, but IT professionals are still being asked to do more, he said.
"Companies are not green-lighting capital projects, so they might look to cloud computing as an alternative," Ziegler said.
There's no capital expenditures with cloud computing, which lowers the cost of getting involved, he said.
IDC is expecting to see significant growth in cloud computing. The
research firm said in April that it expects worldwide spending on cloud
services to almost triple by 2012, reach $42 billion, driven in large
part by the promise of giving businesses a cheaper way to use