Contributed by Michael Ray, Solutions Architect at VAZATA.
In today’s dynamic, new world of technology, there are buzz words such as Colocation, Cloud Computing and Virtualization replete throughout the data center industry. Colocation has grown significantly the past few years, but accessing the Cloud and the hosting of data through Virtualization has become even more prevalent. Compared to a strict colocation solution, virtualization and cloud computing provide even more redundancy and reliability with even greater savings.
While many companies are coming up to speed on cloud computing and utilizing managed hosting providers with “cloud type” solutions, the vast majority of business’s have yet to venture into the world of cloud computing.
The most significant reason that most companies have not made the switch is that they simply don’t have a path from the traditional colocation model to the cloud model. The understanding of how to migrate costly ‘physical’ infrastructure to a more manageable ‘virtual’ infrastructure just isn’t there.
As a result, the VAZATA Cabinet was born. The VAZATA Cabinet comes with a 42U cabinet, power, 100MB of Bandwidth, 500GB of free storage and a virtual server. This cabinet allows a customer to collocate their existing physical hardware in one of VAZATA’s Tier 3, FISMA compliant data centers, and have a sizeable amount of “cloud infrastructure” to use.
A customer might decide to use the included storage as some sort of a BU or DR initiative. Or, use the virtual server in a test/development environment. By mirroring an outdated server, a customer is prepared should the old one fail and have a virtual server waiting in the wings to replace it with minimum down time. As additional cloud resources are available, they can easily be added to the existing private network.
The VAZATA Cabinet provides the ultimate flexibility in hosting a company’s mission critical application and allows VAZATA to be a true technology partner.
Because every business is different and technology needs so diverse, VAZATA’s certified technicians are on hand to help plan, design and support the transition and migration process, freeing customers to take care of running their business.