Network operator Virtual1 has announced the launch of its new Virtual Datacentre solution as part of its drive to improve the quality, flexibility and cost of hosting services currently available to the Channel.
The Virtual Datacentre (VDC) is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution that uses industry-leading VMWare to create a virtualised hosting environment in which multiple virtual servers can be hosted. The solution offers control over build, backups and storage as well as much-reduced lead times but, most importantly, it is also highly cost-effective.
Tom O’Hagan, Managing Director at Virtual1, explained “Businesses are in a catch-22 situation. On the one hand, hosting data and applications off-site is becoming the norm because businesses recognise both the need to protect their data and the advantages of utilising the cloud. There is no doubt – businesses want to do this. Yet traditional hosting is costly, demanding significant upfront investment in hardware as well as budget for ongoing management. It means many find themselves in a situation where they can’t afford not to have off-site hosting, but they end up compromising on their solution to try and bring down the costs.
“Virtual Datacentres removes this problem. It offers flexible hosting capabilities within a highly resilient environment but at a smaller monthly charge, with all costs for the management of the hardware included. It means businesses can have the hosting solution they need without spending budget that can instead be put towards maintaining network security or managing other concerns.
Virtual1’s VDC solution offers a suite of 6 standard servers builds suitable for all needs, from basic hosting through to a multi-role server capable of managing complex databases and applications. Alternatively, Partners are also able to specify their own server build so that – as with the Virtual1 networks – they can create a bespoke solution that answers the exact needs of their customers.
On key advantage of the Virtual1 solution is that the VDC platform is located on Virtual1’s core network, each solution benefits from the enhanced resiliency and security that on-net hosting brings. It also means that connectivity costs are reduced, further cutting the cost of the overall solution.
O’Hagan continued “This solution also offers a great opportunity for resellers within the Channel because everyone can benefit; it will open up new markets for hosting and it will help existing customers save money.”
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