Customers have a choice of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows 2003, and will soon have access to Windows 2008. While StrataScale servers are not virtualized from the start, customers can install their own hypervisor layer on top.
Despite not being virtualized, StrataScale "has the cloud trait of elasticity -- the ability to scale up and down at will, without commitments," Gartner analyst Lydia Leong writes in her blog.
Unlike virtualized cloud offerings such as Amazon's EC2, StrataScale says it offers service-level agreements with 100 percent uptime and the knowledge that servers are not being shared.
"This is a dedicated, managed bare-metal environment. It's more of a Rackspace-type offering. Your resource is yours. It's not virtualized, you're not sharing it. You have full control of security. You have root access. You can run any application you want on it," Mishra says.
IronScale announced its general availability last week, having gone through beta trials with a handful of customers including Guard ID Systems, which provides anti-identity theft services to the consumer market.
So far, customers are using IronScale for development stacks, and applications such as messaging, collaboration and ERP, Adams says. Prices range from $700 to $1,200 per server, a price that includes SAN and all other features.
At launch, StrataScale had dedicated 250 servers to the IronScale service, but the company says it can scale up quickly as demand increases.
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