Data Center Links: Verizon, Peak 10, Latisys, Joyent

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Here’s our review of some of this week’s noteworthy links for the data center industry:

Verizon selected by Princeton Hosted Solutions. Verizon (VZ) announced that Princeton Hosted Solutions is collaborating with Verizon Global Wholesale to offer cloud-computing services to Princeton’s customers. Princeton will resell an enterprise-class cloud service from Terremark to help its greater New York metropolitan area customers efficiently manage on-demand computing resources to meet dynamic business requirements while paying only for resources consumed. “Many of our customers still rely on premises-based computing solutions and lack the dedicated staff and capital funding required to upgrade their IT infrastructure,” said Brad Bono, president, Princeton Hosted Solutions. “The businesses that we serve have a real need for advanced IT services, and our agreement with Verizon Global Wholesale will enable us to deliver a platform that meets the reliability, security and redundancy requirements of our customers so they can focus on their core businesses.”

Peak 10 selected by Saint Leo University.  Peak 10 announced that it will provide tailored disaster recovery planning and other managed services to Saint Leo University. Services will be provided from the Atlanta data center, with support from the Tampa Florida facility. This will allow the University to benefit from an IT presence in both markets, without having to travel between the two cities to maintain IT equipment. “Peak 10′s robust network and geographic footprint afforded us the business continuity and disaster recovery plan that we need to maintain our university’s IT operations in the event of a man-made or natural disaster,” said Ellen Sheridan, director of server and network services for Saint Leo University. “Its team of professionals designed a solid solution just for us, so that we can pursue our educational activities and goals without interruption.”

Latisys selected by PDC Energy. Latisys announced a cloud infrastructure services agreement with PDC Energy, Inc. (PDC). PDC has deployed Latisys’ private cloud and managed hosting—a hybrid solution delivered on Latisys’ flexible Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform. The solution features QoS-based resource pools, high-touch consultative support and tight integration between virtual and dedicated resource. “We required a multifaceted solution that would bring together a variety of dedicated and virtualized elements in order to achieve our objective of upgrading our legacy server and storage infrastructure,” said Jim Gaulke, VP of Information Technology, PDC Energy. “Latisys engineers helped us design a solution that gives us the control and simplicity of the cloud with the performance and security of enterprise-grade infrastructure. Latisys provided us with critical expertise in many facets of IT—acting as a true extension of the PDC team and enabling us to focus precious IT resources on core business initiatives.”

Joyent selected by ReelSurfer.  Joyent announced that its Cloud has been selected by online video clip and sharing service ReelSurfer as its IT platform. ReelSurfer’s free online video service is data-intensive and has to be ready to meet the demands of unpredictable user behavior. Joyent was selected for its performance, uptime and a more comprehensive and hands on service experience for its revenue critical app. “Our service is incredibly data-intensive and it’s subject to tremendous spikes in usage. And today’s infrastructure options simply don’t work that way. Most cloud infrastructure solutions are designed to support predictable back-office applications, and if you exceed your projected traffic, you pay accordingly. But if you build your own infrastructure, you’re forced to over-provision machines in case of spikes in usage,” said Christian Yang, co-founder of ReelSurfer. “Joyent is different from other cloud providers like Amazon Web Services – they bring a new approach to cloud infrastructure. They saw the trend toward more user- and data-intensive apps like ours and they’re providing the only high-performance infrastructure that can support them.”

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