SingleHop Provides Free Private Cloud for Colocation Customers
Racks inside SingleHop’s Chicago data center (Source: SingleHop)

SingleHop Provides Free Private Cloud for Colocation Customers

VMware-powered private cloud a way to evaluate utility of cloud for customers

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This article originally appeared at The WHIR

Managed hosting and hosted private cloud provider SingleHop has launched ColoPlus, which provides colocation customers a virtual private cloud to use at no charge, as well as either 100GB of storage-area network (SAN) resources or one terabyte of cloud-based backup through Veeam Cloud Connect.

According to SingleHop’s Thursday announcement, newly acquired colocation customers from SingleHop’s acquisition of Datagram in May have expressed interest in cloud infrastructure services.

With ColoPlus, colocation customers can use a VMware-powered private cloud as a way to evaluate the utility of the cloud for their business. The initial “VPC Starter Pack” provides 3 GHz CPU and 12 GB RAM, and the ability to move workloads to the cloud, and spin up and down any number of virtual servers.

Customers can upgrade their private cloud to a larger one at any time for its standard market rates, or convert the VPC to a disaster recovery site for $50 per VM per month.

Paving the Way for Hybrid Cloud

As more hosting options emerge for customers, many service providers have been working to ensure they don’t lose customers to a variety of new vendors as they move to more complex, hybrid environments. More than 65 percent of enterprises IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016, according to consultancy IDC.

For SingleHop, offering hosted private cloud helps ensure that colocation customers don’t move to another provider as they experiment with new cloud options. And earlier this year SingleHop rolled out managed services for Microsoft Azure public cloud for customers adding public cloud to their infrastructure. This provides a variety of hybrid cloud services across dedicated and virtual environments.

“There is no one-size-fits-all cloud,” Jordan Jacobs, SingleHop’s VP of products, said in a statement. “Every organization has a unique combination of IT environments that must work together. So SingleHop has focused on delivering solutions that empower the modern IT department to support a broad spectrum of technology.”

Aside from virtual private cloud, colocation customers also get the option of 100GB of SAN or 1TB of Veeam-powered cloud Backup-as-a-Service.

SingleHop’s SAN service provides advanced load balancing, backup and disaster recovery capabilities without the customer having to source or configure anything on their own.

SingleHop’s implementation of Veeam Cloud Connect lets customers extend data protection outside of the data center to an off-site repository. It supports VMware and Hyper-V platforms.

This first ran at http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/singlehop-provides-free-private-cloud-for-colocation-customers

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