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Abiquo Selected by CariNet to Enable Global Cloud Services Offering

Abiquo, the leading Enterprise Cloud Management software company, today announced that CariNet Inc., a hosting provider with more than 8,500 customers in more than 150 countries, has selected Abiquo Enterprise Edition to enable on-demand Cloud computing to its customers.   

After a rigorous evaluation of cloud management vendors over the course of six months, CariNet chose Abiquo’s cloud services for its class-leading features, enterprise security and compliance policies, and ease of use. CariNet needed a management solution that would enable them to provide on-demand cloud resources to its worldwide customers and reseller channel, and found that Abiquo was the only solution that met all of the criteria that they need. Additionally, Abiquo’s powerful, yet affordable, product integrates with popular external storage vendors, supports all major hypervisors including Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM, Xen Server, Xen Community, Virtual Box and VMware ESX/ESXi, and empowers a multi-tenant self-service model.

“We found a number of shortcomings in the product offerings provided by both the traditional hypervisor vendors, and other cloud management vendors,” said CariNet CEO Joe McMillen. “In addition to providing best-of-breed features like business policy, Abiquo is the only cloud management vendor to support Windows and Linux on all major hypervisors simultaneously. Being hypervisor and platform agnostic is critical since CariNet customers have such a range of needs.”

CariNet launched a shared hosting platform 10 years ago that allowed its customers to purchase distributed web hosting, database instances and email storage, all amalgamated into a simple point-and-click business control panel. To handle customer growth within this panel, CariNet needed a scalable cloud management system that permitted customers to control and provision their hosted applications on demand while still meeting enterprise requirements for security, compliance and governance.

“Abiquo’s visual interface is intuitive, attractive, clean and powerful. CariNet has worked with many solutions that require innumerable hours of training to learn, but anyone with IT experience can learn to use Abiquo in 10 minutes without training,” said Mike Carpenter, CariNet director of business development.

Abiquo’s web based user interface is driven by drag and drop actions with minimal keyboard input, employing powerful APIs to execute complex functions. For example, a single drag-and-drop action will convert a virtual machine from one hypervisor type to any other, saving time and ending vendor lock-in. Business policies are set similarly, allowing CariNet to enforce rules for security and compliance for an individual customer and/or across their global infrastructure in mere minutes.

According to Mike Carpenter, “Abiquo understands the needs of those IT professionals that are looking for ways to simplify delivery and management of cloud services. They have exactly what we were looking for – the best management for turn-key cloud resources.”

“CariNet has developed a sophisticated, enterprise-class cloud offering that gives customers the flexibility to choose the cloud resources that will work best for them,” said Abiquo CEO Pete Malcolm. “Abiquo lets them easily manage their global customers and will scale up as more hardware is brought in to support the growing demand. We think this represents the way that many organizations will use the cloud, and how more MSPs will provide it.”

Published Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:37 PM by David Marshall
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