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Qube launches vCloud Powered® Virtual Data Centre services

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Qube has officially launched our “Virtual Data Centre” cloud hosting service.

vCloud Powered® Virtual Data Centre services are now available in Qube’s key data centre locations in the UK (London), USA (New York) and Switzerland (Zurich).

vCloud Director is an innovative platform that interfaces with VMware vSphere to abstract management and provisioning tasks in the VMware cloud environment, commonly referred to as “cloud orchestration”, allowing Qube customers to perform these tasks themselves using a secure web portal.

When customers sign join the Virtual Data Centre service, Qube assigns a pool of cloud resources; an allocation of CPU computing capacity (the number of vCPU’s/cores per cloud server is also configurable), vRAM (Virtual RAM), Disk Storage (GB blocks of virtual disk space), IP address pools and VLAN pools – known collectively as an “Organization Virtual Data Center”. These resources are then available to Virtual Data Centre users and can be provisioned in any combination to provide right-sized virtual server instances and appliances. Over time the available resources can be optimized, expanded or reduced with just a few clicks in the vCloud Director portal.

All vCloud Powered® service providers must comply with several requirements set out by VMware. The standards ensure that users have a uniform experience across any cloud that is certified as vCloud Powered®.

The requirements for a vCloud Powered® service provider are as follows:

1. A cloud based on VMware vSphere and vCloud Director
2. An open publicly accessible API
3. Full support for the Open Virtualization Format (OVF)

An open application programming interface (API) is an important feature for any cloud service as users may need to interact with their Virtual Data Centre environment in an automated way (scripts and applications). For many clients the web portal is sufficient, however the vCloud API allows provisioning and management of cloud resources using a secure standards compliant RESTful API.

Open Virtualization Format (OVF) is an open standard for packaging and distributing virtual servers and appliances. vCloud Director provides users with the ability to create and master their own virtual machine images, perhaps on an in-house VMware environment or test platform and then upload those same images to Qube’s Virtual Data Centre for production use. Additionally, it is also possible for a client to download a virtual machine image, whether this is for customization purposes, backup or simply to move it to a different region, or even another provider. Virtual machine templates and cloud server cloning can save system administrators a huge amount of time and ensure consistency in server builds.

We are excited about the vCloud service because it ultimately puts control in the hands of our clients. For those organizations that don’t need a fully self-provisioned infrastructure, Qube offers managed hosting services on the vCloud platform. Qube will manage and monitor all, or certain parts of your environment. This is particularly useful for clients with multiple hosting environments.

For example, an organization needs their critical production servers fully managed and monitored 24/7, however, the development and user acceptance testing (UAT) servers are not as critical as the production servers and customers are comfortable managing these servers themselves. Using this split approach; our clients are able to achieve cost savings without having to compromise on availability or scalability of the service.

Qube Virtual Data Center clients get the best of both worlds – all of their servers are hosted on a highly resilient cloud platform in one (or more) of Qube’s US or European data centres and they have the flexibility to choose which parts of their cloud infrastructure are managed and cared for by Qube’s expert hosting engineers.

Please contact Qube Sales today to trial the new Qube Virtual Data Center service, free of charge for 7 days (no obligation)

UK Sales: +44 (0) 20 7150 3800

US Sales: (877) 915-QUBE

Swiss Sales: +41 44 500 01 60