FusionStorm -- "IT Delivered" -- a leading national provider of IT consulting, technology solutions and cloud/managed services, announced today the general availability of IT Xpress Cloud,
an enterprise-ready infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering based on VMware vCloud® technology. The new offering extends FusionStorm's existing IT Xpress
hosted solutions which the company has been delivering to customers since 2005. IT Xpress Cloud is a key component of the company's "Cloud Anywhere" initiative which uniquely delivers private cloud solutions to customers how and where they need it -- in their own data centers, or hosted in a FusionStorm data center and delivered completely as a service.
IT Xpress Cloud combines the reliability, performance and scalability of enterprise-class data center infrastructure with the flexibility and economics of cloud computing. The solution consists of industry-leading private cloud infrastructure software from VMware, enterprise-class data center infrastructure from Cisco, EMC and other industry leaders, and FusionStorm's feature-rich, 24x7 managed services.
According to FusionStorm CEO and Founder John Varel, "IT Xpress Cloud represents a huge leap forward for our customers as it gives them an enterprise-ready on-ramp to private cloud computing, one that is easy to purchase, fast to deploy and grow, and reduces business risk. It also complements our customer-premise data center solutions, giving us the unique ability to deliver private cloud to customers how and where they need it."
FusionStorm selected VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud Director as the core of their private cloud solutions because of their wide acceptance with enterprise customers. FusionStorm is an Enterprise-level member of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) and a Premier-level member of the VMware Partner Network.
"VMware is pleased to acknowledge FusionStorm as a long-standing participant in the VMware Service Provider Program," said Geoff Waters, director, emerging channels, VMware. "For more than five years, FusionStorm has provided customers with IT Xpress hosted solutions and will now extend this offering to provide cloud computing solutions to businesses using VMware virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions."
With IT Xpress Cloud, FusionStorm provides a secure "Virtual Data Center" (vDC) for each customer organization. Customers can choose to provision their own servers within the vDC using pre-built or customized templates, or FusionStorm can provision and manage all of the servers and other components within the vDC on behalf of the customer. The company also offers a variety of optional, value-added "IT Xpress Services" to complement the core offering, including OS management, managed firewall and VPN services, patching, database administration, data backup, threat management, server load balancing and more.
Both reservation-based and usage-based pricing is available.
Unlike many competitive solutions, IT Xpress Cloud allows Dedicated Physical Servers and Virtual Machine Servers to be mixed in the same hosted environment. This allows applications to be hosted where some component still requires a non-virtualized platform.
The company also future plans to offer enterprise hybrid cloud solutions, where customers can choose between running application workloads in their on-premise cloud or in the FusionStorm IT Xpress Cloud.
IT Xpress Cloud is available today hosted in FusionStorm's U.S. West (Las Vegas) data center, but will also be available in their U.S. East and European data centers in Q2 of this year.