Abiquo joins NetApp to deliver Storage as a Service

Today NetApp rolled out an announcement around new technologies and a partner ecosystem to deliver enterprise clouds.  Abiquo has been working closely with the NetApp team to enable enterprise customers to deliver Storage as a Service across many hypervisor platforms and datacenter locations.   Given the need to store and access big data, and the ever increasing amount of that data, this problem will get worse without the right solutions implemented. This is why we see Storage as a Service as an huge market opportunity across the enterprise and service provider space.   As a cloud service provider, you can easily see how many mid-market organizations might use storage as a service.  But how do you build it quickly, enable multi-tenant self-service,  and deliver various “tiers” of storage to offer the right service at the right price to your customers?  As an enterprise, how do you enable departments to access the storage they need when they need it, alone or with the rest of your IaaS offering?

This NetApp/Abiquo solution brief reveals how Abiquo and NetApp make storage management and automation simple, yet robust. Additionally, there’s an upcoming set of webcasts that may help users see how to set up Storage as a Service or learn more about managing and automating storage.

A tech demo webcast was recorded and can be accessible here: June Tech Thursday: Focus on NetApp Storage. (sorry, no longer available)

Then later on July 28th at 10AM,  joint speakers from NetApp and Abiquo discuss “The basics of automating a cloud storage service”.

Abiquo is committed to delivering support for compute, networking and storage across multiple data centers, and will continue to innovate with partners like NetApp to deliver more value to enterprises and service providers worldwide.

A number of hosting providers around the world, including Blackmesh, Bluefire, i2k2 Networks and Vivavo, have selected Abiquo’s Enterprise Edition as their Platform of choice for Enterprise Cloud Management. Each of them are now true customers, paying fees under a full enterprise license agreement, another show of Abiquo’s increasing lead in the market.

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Our  platform allows these providers to sell a set of compute, network, and storage resources as a Virtual Enterprise, giving their customers complete control of their own independent computing infrastructure, without the capital cost or maintenance requirements of physical infrastructure. Customers can request additional resources at any time, which can be allocated by the hosting provider in seconds.

“The Abiquo solution is both deeper and broader than any of the competitive solutions we tested,” said Jason Ford, CTO, BlackMesh. “We were particularly impressed by the flexibility and ease of use it will offer our customers, as well as by its support for all hypervisors, and the ability to seamlessly convert virtual images between them in a single drag and drop operation.”

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After rigorous evaluation of multiple options, Abiquo was unanimously and independently selected by each of these leading service providers as the platform of choice. Abiquo’s Enterprise Edition provides a number of unique features that set it apart from competitive products

“We have extensively evaluated products from all the Cloud management vendors over the last six months,” said Jason Serda, managing director and CIO of BlueFire, a leading hosting provider and Dimension Data Group company. “Abiquo’s solution was the clear winner, providing superior capabilities particularly for our enterprise customers. For example, our clients will be able to automate the provisioning of virtual infrastructures available across six of our primary datacenter facilities. The combination of the Abiquo platform and IP developed in conjunction with our partners has enabled BlueFire to today provide a no compromise approach to give our customers complete flexibility to define their own environments – just like a physical datacenter, but without the need to maintain the infrastructure.”

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It should come as no surprise that leading service providers want to offer Virtual Enterprises as a new line of business. According to IDC, Cloud computing is projected to reach $100.4 billion by 2016 or a 27 percent annual growth rate, which is more than five times the growth rate of the traditional, on-premise IT delivery/consumption model.

“We have seen the demand for managed private Clouds increase exponentially in 2010. With Abiquo’s Cloud management platform, we can sell and implement managed private Clouds to large enterprise customers quickly, while leveraging our existing infrastructure and billing system,” said Raj Vrach, CTO of i2k2 Networks. “We believe that many enterprises will eventually move to a managed hybrid Cloud model and Abiquo will enable i2k2 Networks customers to make that transition seamlessly.” i2k2 Networks will be deploying its managed Windows, Linux and Zimbra email hosting solutions to the Cloud in India and Canada using Abiquo’s platform.

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Our solution is equally effective for enterprises of all sizes, providing complete control and management of both on-premise and globally deployed infrastructure through a single interface. Encompassing public, private and hybrid Cloud models, we can isolate the provision of infrastructure from the consumption of computing resources. Each application group can be assigned their own Virtual Enterprise, over which they have total control, but within assigned resource limits, eliminating any risk to the physical infrastructure.

The Abiquo solution allows hosting providers to sell Virtual Enterprises to their traditional customer base. They can also provide resources to Abiquo’s enterprise customer installations, providing them with on-demand elasticity and flexibility. Abiquo’s business policies address security and compliance concerns and enable customers to control deployment and movement according to performance, utilization, and data sensitivity.

To help CIOs successfully adopt Cloud Computing across their global enterprises and resolve virtualization 1.0 issues, Abiquo’s CEO Pete Malcolm is presenting Enterprise Cloud Management Best Practices at two CIOsynergy events.

“We are clearly seeing an upswing in interest in private Cloud adoption,” said Pete Malcolm, Abiquo CEO. “But, CIOs still need a partner like Abiquo to help them successfully implement an integrated enterprise Cloud management solution that will work across their global enterprise, which is why we believe the CIOsynergy networking and learning forums are ideal next steps for any CIO who is ready to embrace enterprise Cloud Computing.”

“Given the high interest in Cloud Computing this year, we are pleased to have Abiquo present enterprise Cloud management best practices at our CIOsynergy events,” said Nepal Patel of CIOsynergy. “Global CIOs and IT professionals come to our CIOsynergy events for just this type of thought leadership insight.”