OpSource is offering a suite of services to manage some of the tasks for running enterprise applications on the public cloud for companies that don't want to do these chores themselves.
OpSource's new Managed Services for the Cloud is offering
a helping hand to organizations interested in moving to the cloud but are
unsure about dealing with the technical aspects of cloud management.
OpSource's Managed Services for the Cloud is a suite of
application and system management services available to customers on the
OpSource cloud infrastructure.
The two core packages, Tech Ops and App Ops, are for
customers interested in migrating mission-critical applications to the public
cloud. Tech Ops focuses on managing server resources while App Ops handles
cloud application management as well, according to Keao Caindec, OpSource's
chief marketing officer.
While businesses of all sizes are moving critical
applications to the cloud, many organizations don't want to "self-manage"
or don't have the in-house expertise to do so, said Lydia Leong, the research
vice president at Gartner. "A menu of managed services on top of cloud
infrastructure allows businesses to select the solutions that best fit their
needs," Leong said.
With Tech Ops, organizations get server resources with
complete access to systems monitoring, server provisioning, operating system
support and server administration, said Caindec. With App Ops, organizations
get help with change management, data management, performance management and
optimization management, he said.
Tech Ops benefits the small enterprise that has staff
well-versed in Windows Server administration and network management but does
not have in-house expertise with the cloud or doesn't want to be distracted
with low-level CPU and network administration, Caindec told eWEEK.
App Ops is for businesses focused on scaling applications
to the cloud and generally benefits midsize and large enterprises that need
help managing the application without worrying about what is happening on the
operating system and server level, said Caindec. App Ops also offers
application deployment and compliance services, he said.
An example of App Ops support is when the customer has to
update the application. The App Ops team will handle the process of deploying
the latest version, patching or updating the application on the cloud
production server, Caindec said.
OpSource offers a "pay as you go" pricing
structure on the basis of actual usage, making it affordable for organizations
that might be scared away by the potential costs of moving to cloud computing.
Managed Services for the Cloud are priced between $0.05 and $0.60 per CPU hour,
based on volume and term commitments, according to OpSource.
OpSource wants to extend the benefits of the public cloud
to customers already on OpSource's Managed Hosting environment. The company
also recently unveiled HybridConnect, a secure Ethernet VLAN connection that
links the Managed Hosting environment with the public Cloud Hosting
environment. With HybridConnect, businesses can have the best of both worlds-the
performance boost from dedicated physical servers in a managed hosting
environment and the scalability and flexibility of a public cloud, said
The company considers the public cloud "an extension
of the enterprise IT data center," said Caindec.
HybridConnect is very similar to Rackspace's
service announced earlier this month. Like Cloud Connect, the
goal is to allow customers who chose managed hosting because of compliance or
security concerns to still take advantage of the cost benefits of being in the
The market for cloud computing services is expected to
grow, reaching $150 billion by 2013, according to Gartner estimates.