From the Wires
Concentric Offers Hosted Services on Cloud Computing Platform
New Managed Server Solution Provides Business Continuity, Flexibility, Security, and Lower Total Cost of Ownership to Small and
Nov. 11, 2008 09:28 AM
Concentric (www.concentric.com) today announced the launch of its new service, Managed Server, an enterprise-class, fully managed server solution designed to scale with growing businesses. By offering hosted services in the cloud, Concentric provides enterprise-level capabilities such as fault-tolerance, high availability, scalability, and unsurpassed security without the capital expenditures and on-going maintenance for UPS capacity and upgrades, data systems and backup, cooling, power capacity and reliability, network capacity, physical and logical security, and other IT infrastructure. Runaway IT budgets will be a thing of the past for SMBs that move to Managed Server.
"The average small business has a shared server, email server, fax server, networked printer/copier, along with a VOIP phone system. They probably have an IT closet that is overheated, under-maintained, and not backed-up," said Craig Collins, president, Concentric, a business unit of XO Communications. "By getting rid of old, underpowered servers and moving them onto the cloud, SMBs will get better economics, better performance, and higher reliability. Just as your phone system is moving out of the office, your IT should move out of your office."
The Concentric Cloud Computing Platform is a fault-tolerant, high availability, distributed computing infrastructure. Key benefits include on-demand processing power, bandwidth and storage capacity, high availability, fast error recovery, and lower total cost of ownership. Complete maintenance of hardware, operating systems, pre-installed applications, and 24x7 phone-based technical support are included in the base price.
"The beauty of hosting infrastructure in the cloud is that it delivers enterprise-grade technology to SMBs with low up-front costs and easy scalability. Adding a management layer allows SMBs to reap even more benefits," said Phil Shih, Research Analyst, Mass Market Hosting, Tier1 Research. "Tier1 Research continues to see strong growth in mass-market hosting as SMBs continue to look for third party providers to take care of all their IT needs."
Managed Server Features and Benefits
-- Scalability - Dynamic real-time resource allocation with near zero downtime; add CPU, memory, and storage quickly and easily -- Availability - Fast failover with no single point-of-failure and 99.9 percent SLA on power, network, and server availability -- Reliability - Network and hardware redundancies with daily backups -- Security - Both network and OS-based firewalls, continuous monitoring of network and server activity -- Flexibility - SMBs can install and run their own applications and host their own Internet web sites, intranets, and extranets; SMBs also control all files and processes on the server via administrative-level access -- Manageability - Centralized console for status and management of all servers; flexible management levels based on customer requirements; single- login account management and consolidated invoice; easily add other Concentric Hosted Service.
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