Why our VDC is different
Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO explains why Interoute Virtual Data Centre is different….(in a good way)
I'm often asked, “So what’s different about the Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) when there are many different cloud computing solutions already”?
- Firstly, VDC is a virtual equivalent of building a real physical data centre. You can plan your server, switching and storage in exactly the same way as you would the ‘real’ thing in the physical world.
The big difference is:
- you only pay for what you use, eliminating the upfront investment costs of the data centre
- you can build it in more than one place so high availability and resilience are part of the solution
- you don’t pay for the network between data centres or data transfer to and from storage
This means VDC requires little “relearning” and saves money; so no 'speed bump' as you get your head around the transition. On the contrary, it speeds up all current implementations.
However, for many they will still say "so what, there are solutions that do this I still don’t know what’s really different or better?"
Interoute’s VDC has been designed and built in a completely new way that gives it a unique flexibility.
- Interoute VDC is literally built into the Interoute network as opposed to an isolated data centre attached to the internet or one with a handful of agreements with 3rd party exchange providers. Interoute’s Network is Europe’s backbone providing 30% of all new capacity for new and old providers. We additionally serve over a million corporate users with sophisticated and secure services. Interoute does public and private in a very big way.
It is this ability to offer what cloud technologists would call public and private on the same platform that makes it unique.
- You don’t need to decide whether your computing can be public or needs to be private. As with the physical world that decision is one of networking and not down to the computing offer. The same is true of Interoute. We can offer a large public elastic computing solution or a highly secured certified solution using the same platform. The security comes from the network's ability to make it public or private. For a more detailed analysis please read our whitepaper on "Cloud Computing and Security"
I think you’ll now see that this is different. The combination of network and computing creates an easy to use secure elastic computing capability eliminating the cloud 'trade off' debates and confusion. With Interoute VDC you are back to the debate of how to build your applications, not how to re-write them to make use of this alternate, but brilliantly convenient, new capability. Welcome back.
Not so different? If you disagree let me know.
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