NYI wasn’t in a hurry to be an early adopter of cloud computing technology. The New York-based provider has been offering high-performance, highly-secure managed services since 1996. NYI has been closely watching the cloud market, looking for a high-performance, highly-secure cloud offering to continue the tradition.
“We wanted to be able to offer cloud services in a way that stayed true to what we do and how we work with our customers,” said Phillip Koblence, the Chief Operating Officer of NYI. “We looked at a lot of cloud services, but what we saw was a lot of smoke and mirrors - a lot of fancy GUIs with not a lot of information about what sat behind it.”
NYI has found the answer in its partnership with Peak (formerly PeakColo). This week marks the launch of NYI Cloud, a new service offering VMware vCloud solutions running on enterprise-class hardware.
Focused on Hybrid
Koblence says NYI Cloud will focus on hybrid cloud solutions running on Peak’s infrastructure within NYI data centers in Lower Manhattan and Bridgewater, New Jersey. He says the hybrid approach is the right solution for NYI’s customer base, which includes many financial services and healthcare companies that place a premium on security and regulatory compliance.
“With this launch, we get beyond the hype to offer our customers a robust, safe and scalable solution that leverages the true value of the cloud within a larger infrastructure strategy," said Koblence.
NYI Cloud provides a framework in which mission-critical workloads and data are deployed within a traditional IT infrastructure environment that meets compliance requirements, while less sensitive assets can be virtualized in an interconnected vCloud that maps existing IPs and VLANs directly into a high-density layer 2 network topology.
"NYI Cloud Powered by Peak is an enterprise cloud offering that optimizes all the benefits of the hybrid model," said Luke Norris, CEO and founder of Peak.
Peak is a Denver-based firm that focuses on white-label cloud solutions packaged for service providers and channel partners. A key differentiator for Peak is that it focuses on running the latest hardware to ensure strong performance, regularly updating server, storage and network infrastructure through close relationships with vendors like Brocade and NetApp.
“We're able to constantly stay up on the refresh cycles,” said Norris. “We've been a leader on rolling out new enterprise infrastructure.”
Reputation for Service
That mattered to NYI, a colocation and managed hosting provider that has made regular appearances in Netcraft’s monthly rankings of the most reliable hosting providers. The company has built a track record of working closely with customers such as RollingStone.com, USMagazine, Meetup.com, Asia Society, Opera Software and countless financial services firms. NYI is also a strong supporter of open source communities.
“From a reputation perspective, NYI is known as a service-oriented data center,” said Norris. “Their customers love them for their service. NYI is a great partner for us because they work closely with channel partners.”
Koblence says Peak is ideal for NYI because it provides an accountable solution in the same data center as NYI’s customers, rather than a remote public cloud.
"We were not striving to be first-to-market," said Koblence. "Our goal is to continue the NYI tradition of excellence by being best-to-market.”