David Durkee, CEO of PrimaCloud, talks with me about how his company is one of the newest managed service providers to build a cloud computing service offering with an interconnect fabric based entirely on Xsigo's virtual I/O technology. By doing so, he said the company is able to offer a new business model for enterprise customers, delivering "virtual private datacenters" that feature an industry-leading four-nines SLA at 50% less cost than traditional IT models.
PrimaCloud and its implementation of Xsigo Virtual I/O showcases that cloud computing really can be the wave of the future. With this new offering, cloud computing services can, for the first time, offer enterprise-class performance and SLAs while fulfilling the promise of significant cost reductions. It now becomes simpler and more affordable to create new businesses and improve old ones.
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InfoWorld: To help explain, can you start off by describing your new cloud computing service offering?
PrimaCloud: PrimaCloud delivers a new class of service that lets customers configure a virtual private datacenter in as little as five minutes, a task that would previously have required days or weeks. In that newly deployed environment, we deliver the tools and redundancy needed to achieve 99.99% uptime, so customers can quickly go from a Visio drawing of their datacenter to a functioning deployment with guaranteed SLAs. Compared to an in-house datacenter, they get the same security, control, performance, and uptime assurances, but without the expense and hassle of owning and operating equipment or hiring and training staff to maintain it and their software environment. This is ideal for enterprises looking to expand or replace their infrastructure cost-effectively, as well as the traditional cloud market of information-based startups (Web 2.0, e-commerce, media delivery.)