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May 9, 2013

Upcoming webcast: learn the advantages of cloud & colocation hybridization

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learn advantages of cloud & colocation hybridizationPlease join us on June 5th, 2013 at 1 p.m. EST for our next webcast, Hybridization: Shattering Silos Between Cloud and Colocation. We’ll discuss how hybridization of cloud and colocation can result in improved visibility and flexibility for your infrastructure, and present use cases in which colocation and cloud efficiently work together.

Traditional colocation typically lacks the transparency, automation and flexibility inherent in cloud services – making it difficult to gain a holistic view of the environment or to easily address certain use cases (such as scale-out Web applications or “bursty” and unpredictable workloads).

To solve these challenges, colocated enterprises should now consider an “all-cloud” strategy, right? Not quite. Cloud solutions are not appropriate for every application or workload type, especially if latency, security or uptime is of utmost concern.

So, is it possible to have the best of both worlds – the control and reliability offered by colocation and the visibility and flexibility of cloud? Join us for this complimentary webcast in which we’ll explore how you can leverage cloud and colocation hybridization for your IT infrastructure.

Attend this complimentary webcast to learn:

  • Advantages of colocation and cloud solutions
  • How hybridization of cloud and colocation can result in improved visibility and flexibility for your IT infrastructure
  • Real-world use cases in which colocation and cloud efficiently work together

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May 1, 2013

Meet the challenges of big data infrastructure with colocation

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big data infrastructure with colocationTo create a cost-effective infrastructure option for housing big data deployments, many IT organizations have been forced to use a combination of cloud, dedicated hosting and colocation from multiple providers. But the emergence of new colocation services that provide cloud-like flexibility along with secure physical infrastructure helps meet the demands of big data through data center hybridization.

Today, the largest hard drive you can buy provides 3 terabytes of storage. Online gamers playing Battlefield 3 will generate enough data to fill that entire drive in just three days. Twitter generates enough information to fill one up in a mere six hours. Facebook is even more impressive: they collect 500 terabytes of data per day, which means it would take them a scant 8 minutes to fill up the world’s largest hard drive.

So where do companies actually put all of that data? If you’re Facebook, Twitter, Google or one of a handful of other industry titans, you build your own data centers and fill them with servers as fast as you can build them. But if you’re not yet a multi-billion dollar corporation, building your own state-of-the-art data center is probably not a viable option. Cloud and dedicated hosting can provide flexible contracts and tools that make hosting and scaling traditional web applications easier, but these options make less sense when you start talking about storing petabytes of big data.

The evolution of colocation
Many companies find that the most cost-effective way of deploying a big data cluster is to put it in someone else’s state-of-the-art data center via colocation. But cost-effectiveness is only part of the equation. Traditionally, colocation hasn’t been able to offer the customizable options of dedicated hosting, or the agility and flexibility of cloud. Whether it’s trying to meet additional seasonal demand, running an intensive one-off report on your big data deployment, or deploying a new web application, companies can’t wait four weeks to deploy it in a collocated environment. They need access to on-demand resources.

Hybridization
The ability to connect your colocation and cloud resources can fill this void, and help bridge the gap between big data deployment and the cloud. Internap’s Platform Connect offers true hybridization and allows you to seamlessly link your colocation, Custom and Agile hosting, and AgileCLOUD environments across the same layer 2 or layer 3 network within any of our Agile-enabled facilities. Launching your new free-to-play game next month and need to make sure your MongoDB deployment can temporarily handle a 500% increase in the amount of data you’re collecting? Need to run a series of reports on your CouchDB deployment that’s already seeing 85% utilization? Want to replicate your 80TB Hadoop deployment for a few weeks so you can see firsthand what effects an hdfs changes will have on your queries? No problem.

Multiple services, one provider
Instead of searching for multiple providers – one partner for colocation and IP, one for dedicated hosting and one for cloud – Internap offers multiple services under one roof, including award-winning colocation for housing your big data, the industry’s fastest and most reliable IP , exceptional Custom and Agile hosting services for your websites and mission critical applications and the fastest and most cost-effective cloud for your on demand needs. Being able to reach out to a single provider who understands your IT needs at every layer of the OSI model is a small but important step.

Until now, traditional colocation has taken a backseat to dedicated hosting and cloud computing, but it’s emerging as an agile, cost-effective option for housing big data. The ability to hybridize your data center with Platform Connect and apply cloud-like flexibility to physical servers offers IT organizations a best of both worlds approach to big data deployments. (See these capabilities in action at Internap’s New York Metro data center.)

Learn more about how Platform Connect can hybridize your data center and provide a new approach to big data infrastructure challenges.

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Apr 25, 2013

Hybridize your data center, be agile and reduce IT spend

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Hybridize your data center, be agile and reduce IT spendIf you’re an IT Director at a growing company today, you are probably faced with the challenge of frequent requests for changes at your colocation facility. Now that business is heating up again, the folks in development operations are requesting additional servers, but you’re not sure how to justify the capital expense. While the DevOps team already has lots of projects in their queue and wants to be more nimble, they are likely more concerned with getting immediate access to new servers than with what happens to the equipment afterwards. How do you feed business growth while holding off the capital expense until there’s a solid demand to buy new servers?

One solution to this dilemma is hybridization, where the data center becomes a blend of dedicated and virtualized computing resources. With Internap, you can expand inside the data center using AgileCLOUD over a private, high-performance network called Platform Connect to meet the demand for new servers while avoiding large, up-front costs. (See these capabilites in action at Internap’s New York Metro data center.)

AgileCLOUD is an on-demand service where companies can add and take down servers as they need them, sometimes by the hour. It’s perfect for development teams who need to test new releases in a scalable infrastructure before putting the code into production. Platform Connect acts as a private network where servers communicate at wire speed in either 1GigE or 10GigE speeds. Once the physical network is in place and a colocation cage is connected to the private cloud, development teams can easily add and take down computing resources on demand. Because of these self-service capabilities, the corporate IT group is free to concentrate on more business-critical operations.

There are several advantages to using a service like Platform Connect with AgileCLOUD and colocation resources:

  • It’s private. Communications between real and cloud servers take place over a secure, private network. Internap manages the connections, the network and the security point-to-point.
  • It’s fast. 1GigE and 10GigE speeds are available, which provides very low latency even though servers are in different operating environments in the same datacenter or across two datacenters in the same metropolitan area.
  • It’s cost-effective. It’s easier to spin up new servers as a service until there is a solid demand to buy new servers and install them in your colocation space.
  • It’s scalable. Business and operations can sometimes be unpredictable, so scalability—both up and down—becomes important today.
  • It’s easy. Leaping over human barriers means getting things done quickly. Rather than wait for another individual to set up additional computing infrastructure, this can be done via self-service.
  • It pays for itself. When a growing enterprise has many irons in the fire, the time it takes to simply set up new servers can take an entire day. The time required by key personnel to do this—and again and again to meet the ebb and flow of development teams’ demands—slowly adds up. Soon, you have to hire someone new just to do this amount of set-up. The delays experienced by developers waiting for their servers to be brought online should also be considered.
  • It’s worry free. Management of the network and cloud servers is handled by Internap’s engineers, which frees both IT and DevOps to relax and focus on what’s important.
  • It’s flexible. Once the Platform Connect service is in place and different resources have been interconnected, cloud instances can be added and deleted as needed.

Connecting to the cloud is not new for developers. However, when flexibility, security and performance are required, the number of service providers that can meet all those demands is limited. With colocation services, cloud resources and the ability to hybridize your data center space using Platform Connect, Internap gives your development team the IT resources they need, while keeping your CFO happy at the same time.

Learn more about how Platform Connect can help you support business growth in a cost-effective way.

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