Hostway Gives Rise to Microsoft-Powered Private Clouds
The SMB-focused Microsoft Cloud OS Network partner launches private cloud offerings based on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack.Microsoft's Cloud OS partner network is picking up steam and one of the first companies to launch a managed private cloud offering under the program is Chicago-based managed services provider Hostway. The small and midsize business (SMB) technology specialist today unveiled new virtual and dedicated private cloud services for businesses seeking "greater and granular control over their cloud," said Tony Savoy, general manager and vice president of managed hosting and cloud services at Hostway. As a long-time Microsoft partner, Hostway's new offerings are based on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack, a collection of cloud services and management technologies from the software giant that integrates with Windows Server, System Center and SQL Server. Taking lessons from its own Azure public cloud build-out, Microsoft launched its Cloud OS Network for businesses and IT services providers seeking to deploy their own private and hybrid clouds. Since its debut in late 2013, the program attracted more than 100 service providers and 600 data centers, Marco Limena, vice president of hosting service providers at Microsoft, revealed in October. Now, SMBs can take advantage of some of the benefits inherent in private cloud implementations, Savoy told eWEEK. Hostway's private cloud implementation is targeted at businesses "looking for better performance and predictability," as well as those seeking a helping hand in the form of "managed services on top of the virtual private cloud."
For resource-strapped SMBs, Hostway's solution provides a shortcut to adaptive, cloud-enabled workloads. "Many organizations lack the bandwidth to fully manage their environments given their internal constraints," Robert Boles, CEO at Hostway, said in a statement. "With our new private cloud, they can now look to Hostway for that management."