While Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft Azure dominate the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market, there are a number of other options for enterprises to consider. Targeted at enterprises, government agencies and service providers, the Virtustream Enterprise-Class Cloud is an IaaS offering that provides a combination of public, private and hybrid cloud services.
And, with the many other cloud services -- ranging from analytics to cloud resource management -- found in the Virtustream portfolio, it's important to review the platform carefully before jumping in.
At the heart of the Virtustream Enterprise-Class Cloud is the company's xStream cloud management platform, which offers a number of integrated features. According to Virtustream, its µVM resource management technology -- or a "micro VM" that offers a standardized bundle of computing resources to enable cloud resource measurement -- creates a secure, multi-tenant environment. Additionally, the xStream platform offers:
- Security with encrypted resource pools
- Continuous security information and event management
- Private, public and hybrid cloud deployment modules
- Multi-level billing and chargeback
- Application-level performance service-level agreements
- Advanced governance, reporting and compliance
- Multi-level monitoring and management
The xStream platform is available as software or a pre-configured hardware appliance.
Virtustream's monitoring and planning software, Advisor, is a proprietary analytics tool that helps enterprises build a financial business case for moving applications and lines of business (LOBs) to the cloud. In addition, this software as a service tool analyzes usage, system performance and system utilization, as well as captures data from systems, applications and LOBs to determine the total cost of cloud ownership and expected cost savings.
The Virtustream cloud platform is vendor-agnostic, and works with many popular enterprise applications in the following areas:
- Productivity and collaboration
- Enterprise resource planning and financial
- Customer relationship management
Pricing for Virtustream's Enterprise-Class Cloud is similar to that found on a typical electricity bill. Rather than pay for instances, users pay for their actual consumption of storage, networking, memory and computing resources.
Users are charged by µVM metric, which is equivalent to 200 MHz of CPU, 768 MB of memory, 40 storage I/O operations per second and 2 Mbps of networking bandwidth.
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*Editor's note: Since publication, EMC has announced plans to acquire Virtustream. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, and is valued at $1.2 billion.
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