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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

Learn more and register for the webcast.

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Jan 11, 2013

What’s in a name? And, why are they called AgileSERVERS?

Ansley Kilgore

AgileSERVERSIt’s always interesting to be asked why a product is called what it is called, but I’ve come to expect it when travelling and meeting new people. However, I didn’t expect to hear it in the office the other day, and that has led me to write this post.

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet” Romeo and Juliet, 2.2.47-48

We don’t sell roses, but we do sell AgileSERVERS.

So what is an AgileSERVER? What makes our servers so agile? What makes our servers so grandiose that we feel the need to overcapitalize them? All good questions…

What is an AgileSERVER?

An AgileSERVER is a dedicated server that resides in the Internap datacenter and is available on an hourly, monthly, or annual basis. This is a good option for Internap customers who use our world-class datacenters for Colocation, but also need a solution for flexible infrastructure on potentially a short-term basis. While many service providers offer hosted servers on a monthly basis, offering them on an hourly basis provides our clients with increased business agility to align their IT costs and capacity needs in near real-time.

What makes our servers so agile?

Providing flexibility to pay for dedicated servers on a granular level is just one piece of the puzzle. The servers have to provision quickly so that the infrastructure is available when needed, so we offer some “instant config” servers that can be online in less than ten minutes. If your application requires a different configuration, this can be ready in a matter of hours. This rapid provisioning creates IT agility to provide infrastructure to your end-users and brings cloud-like instant gratification to dedicated servers.

What makes our servers so grandiose that we feel the need to overcapitalize them?

The server hardware is another piece of the puzzle, but the network speed and quality are as important as the hardware. AgileSERVER is paired with three unique network agility benefits.

  1. Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) technology – Built on Internap’s patented route-optimization technology, each AgileSERVER will automatically deliver traffic over the lowest latency path available and avoid carriers with bottlenecks or disruptions.
  2. Global Content Delivery Network (CDN) – Internap also includes a transparent caching CDN that can be used to reduce the amount of infrastructure required to deliver web content to remote end-users while simultaneously reducing loading times.
  3. Cloud Hybridization – Since not every workload requires a full server, Internap enables bare-metal and cloud instances to coexist in the same logical network. This allows for optimizing costs by not over-provisioning resources, and enables creative solutions for burst capacity.

So why do we overcapitalize our AgileSERVERS? Because they are so much more than just servers. They bring billing flexibility, instant provisioning, and include performance-enhancing network technologies while offering the isolation of a dedicated server and the full performance of hardware without any hypervisor penalty. So while AgileSERVERS could be effectively used for agile development sprints, agility is not limited to developers (or acrobats).

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but an AgileSERVER is so much sweeter than just any old server.

To learn more, please read our AgileSERVERS data sheet.

 

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Jun 14, 2012

Hybrid hosting: Your on-ramp to the cloud and more

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Hybrid hosting: Your on-ramp to the cloud and moreWhere are you in your cloud evolution? With a multitude of disparate applications, use cases and business lifecycles, organizations may be at vastly different points in their cloud adoption and may find it difficult to decide on the right cloud model. But who says you have to choose? As explained in our recent webinar, “Is everything moving to the cloud? How hybrid hosting optimizes IT Infrastructure,” a hybrid cloud hosting solution can deliver the best of both worlds — public and private cloud in one. And in almost any scenario, companies gain significant flexibility by combining the security and control of private clouds with the agility of public clouds. It then stands to reason that more and more companies are leveraging hybrid clouds for a new level of IT flexibility, efficiency and scalability. In fact, according to GigaOm Pro’s April 2012 cloud computing market forecast, the growth rate of hybrid cloud is expected to surpass the growth rate of private deployments sometime in 2014.
While some businesses are using hybrid as an in-road to cloud adoption, it’s not all about the cloud all the time (move over cloud!). Hybrid hosting can also be defined as leveraging the best features of multiple IT services such as colocation, hosting andcloud tiers into a single environment — giving IT professionals the same flexibility, efficiency and scalability mentioned above.

How are businesses using hybrid today? Here are a few examples:

  • Online gaming: The cloud provides unmatched flexibility for scaling and bursting in the online gaming world. Combine that flexibility with the performance and security of a managed hosting environment using a single custom layer 2 Virtual LAN and you are in business — so users can slay the dragon, become the fastest shooter or whatever their little avatar heart desires.
  • Development and testing: In a traditional environment, equipment isn’t always on-hand and readily available. It’s difficult to recreate a dev environment for QA, and don’t get me started on scalability. A hybrid environment allows test and dev on-demand resources to work in combination with those they already own. So now things like repeatability of stage and production environments are more easily created, plus there’s the ability to quickly clone virtual machines. Not to mention you can pay by the drink.
  • Backup and disaster recovery: Another convenient use is the ability to link physical resources in the data center to a backup in the cloud, which is invaluable for many IT professionals. You pay only for what you use, and your data is right at your fingertips in the event of a disaster. Now mission-critical business data is restored in minutes, not lost forever.

At the end of the day hybrid hosting is about balancing your current investment with elastic demand. I’m sure you can come up with many more use cases than this list, but hopefully these are enough to get you started. Listen to more on hybrid hosting from our webcast panel of experts including Michael Carman, manager of business development for VMware, and GigaOm Pro’s research director, Jo Maitland. Plus get expert tips from our own resident cloud guru and director of hosting product management, Adam Weissmuller.

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