CloudSigma today announced the addition of another IaaS, public cloud deployment within the U.S. In addition to its Las Vegas based cloud at SwitchNAP, CloudSigma will now have a public cloud deployment at the Equinix’s DC6 International Business Exchange (IBX) in Washington D.C. The addition of a secondary public cloud deployment will provide customers with greater failover and replication capabilities in addition to reduced latency times. CloudSigma CEO Robert Jenkins remarked on the company’s expansion within the U.S. as follows:
The combination of increasing customer demand and our growing partnership with Equinix made this an ideal time to grow our public cloud to a second U.S. data center location. This expansion shows further validation for our uniquely flexible and customer-centric public cloud model – something we expect to build out in additional regions, including Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, in the near future.
According to the company’s press release, web-based applications that take advantage of the additional public cloud location in DC in addition to Las Vegas are likely to see end-user performance improvements on the order of 100% in select geographic locales. Today’s announcement additionally underscores the popularity of the Equinix’s DC6 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Ashburn as a key internet hub because of its direct connection to Amazon Web Services, and home to nine of the top ten CDNs as well as nine prominent ad exchanges. The larger point illustrated by CloudSigma’s expansion, however, is that enterprise customers in the U.S. have an increasingly wide range of cloud options and are likely to benefit from supplementary education and consulting services regarding how to sift through the dizzying array of cloud products and platforms.
Zurich-based IaaS vendor CloudSigma recently announced price cuts to its IaaS platform in conjunction with the performance and efficiency enhancements resulting from its recent upgrade to CloudSigma 2.0. CloudSigma 2.0 boasts reduced latency and a solid-state drive (SSD) platform that has resulted in performance increases for customers in the range of 30-40%. Key features of the CloudSigma 2.0 platform include the following:
•Advanced CPU functionality including CPU emulation and non-uniform access (NUMA) visibility
•Hypervisor timer settings
•Ability to control the size of virtual cores
•Support for software defined networking
In addition to the enhanced functionality specific to its 2.0 platorm, CloudSigma claims that its price cuts derive from decreasing costs for hardware as traditional OEM server providers such as IBM and HP encounter competition from vendors such as Quanta and Supermicro. CloudSigma’s RAM pricing decreased by 20% whereas its CPU pricing decreased by 15%. CloudSigma joins ProfitBricks in slashing its IaaS prices although the latter has recently become the subject of a number of security breaches discovered after its announcement to reduce prices to compete with Amazon Web Services.
This week, public cloud IaaS vendor CloudSigma announced it decision to transition its storage infrastructure to solid-state drives (SSD) as opposed to hard-disk drive (HDD) storage in an effort to increase the performance and reliability of its storage solutions. CloudSigma’s SSD storage will be powered by SolidFire. CloudSigma CEO Robert Jenkins believes that SSD can remove “storage bottlenecks and inconsistent performance” in ways that revolutionize standards for storage within the public cloud industry. SolidFire CEO and founder Dave Wright elaborated on the innovation of wholesale adoption of SSD by an IaaS provider as follows:
Our SSD storage system is designed specifically for cloud providers like CloudSigma to help bring their customers’ business-critical and performance-sensitive applications to the cloud without concern of disruption. Performance predictability starts with guaranteeing quality of service, which is why we’re the first to deliver it, and challenge the industry to follow suit. This partnership enables CloudSigma to deliver more consistent quality for the thousands of applications within its shared public cloud infrastructure.
CloudSigma’s SSD storage platform will be priced equivalently to its HDD storage infrastructure at $0.14 GB per month. Customers have the option of purchasing its SSD storage solutions separately from the rest of its public cloud infrastructure. According to The Register, Databarracks and ViaWest have SSD storage options but very few IaaS vendors have moved their storage infrastructures entirely to SSD, an option available to Zurich-based CloudSigma by virtue of its relatively small operational scale.
ActiveState has partnered with IaaS vendor CloudSigma to allow CloudSigma to resell its Stackato PaaS platform as part of its portfolio of cloud products. CloudSigma will offer ActiveState Stackato in order to cater to the needs of customers interested in cloud deployments that leverage Stackato’s “any cloud, any stack and any language,” PaaS platform. The partnership represents a strategic move by ActiveState to broaden the channel for Stackato’s distribution by collaborating with an IaaS vendor whose customers may wish to differentially utilize IaaS and PaaS platforms for discrete enterprise cloud projects and initiatives. ActiveState’s partnership with CloudSigma illustrates a growing trend in the PaaS space marked by the availability of PaaS platforms within third party IaaS infrastructures. Earlier this year, for example, CloudBees announced the availability of its PaaS platform AnyCloud on Amazon Web Services and other IaaS hosting environments. Similarly, the integration of Nimbula’s Nimbula Director 2.0 IaaS platform with 3rd party PaaS platforms offers the performance, scalability and management tools of a public IaaS cloud to private PaaS cloud deployments.