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VMware vCloud Managed Hosting

VMware’s vCloud platform is built on a rock solid foundation – the flagship ESX VMware virtualization technology. As the clear leader in virtualization, servers built with VMware provide major benefits over traditional servers, including superior uptime via High Availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS). HA is a must-have for Fortune 1000 corporations with mission-critical applications, and HA is now affordable to businesses of any size, thanks to VMware’s leading virtual infrastructure technology

Virtual Infrastructure Leasing

Own a piece of the cloud by leasing an entire cluster built on VMware vCloud. The cluster can be shared or dedicated and provides a home to host many VMware based guest operating systems running your business applications. Our
Our managed cloud hosting solutions start at only $99/month.

VMware Overview

Qualifying the business value of virtualized infrastructure and choosing to take advantage of VMware Hosting is predicated on a careful evaluation of three basic considerations:

  • Return on Investment
  • Energy Savings
  • Risk Assessment

ESXi hosting services by VM Racks eliminates the single point of failure by employing redundant hardware with ESXi VMware’s automatic fail-over High Availability (HA), multiple up-stream providers and power backup.

VMware Return On Investment

ESX hosting lowers the cost of managing and maintaining server infrastructure. The actual savings depends upon your company’s ability, availability and budget. Key considerations when determining whether to choose a virtual infrastructure are:
The current skill of your IT team and their ability

  • Secure servers from outside vulnerabilities
  • Hardening systems to protect from malicious attacks
  • Monitoring system uptime
  • Ongoing training requirements
  • The cost of new server equipment

Although the cost savings is different for each business, VMware hosting is designed to provide tangible cost savings.

Risk includes discussions of equipment uptime as it affects company productivity and the negative marketing impact if public Internet services fail. It also includes the implied risk of loosing in-house expertise necessary to sustain equipment proficiency. The ROI discussion includes initial hardware and maintenance costs as well as direct labor costs to install and maintain server equipment. Finally, the social impact of ESX hosting has a positive impact on energy consumption and equipment end-of-life disposal.

VMware Hosting Energy Savings

Managed VMware hosting is inherently a more environmentally friendly solution.

It is well known that traditional IT infrastructures require a multitude of physical servers to maintain application isolation so that software/OS conflicts are minimized. This traditional infrastructure means each server must be sized for high load conditions that may occur less than 20% of the time. Therefore, the power requirements to maintain all these servers are very high.

VM Racks employs VMware vCloud Hosting (ESXi Hosting), which allow us to provision many virtual servers, each isolated from the other, on far fewer physical servers. The energy savings and carbon footprint of VMware ESXi Hosting is many times less than traditional IT infrastructures.

Because VM Racks can use fewer physical servers while providing better uptime, the impact of ESX Hosting on end-of-life land fill requirements is many times less than traditional IT infrastructures.

VMware vCloud ( ESXi Hosting ) & Risk Assessment

In a typical IT environment, there are two different protocols and three different application services that drive risk.

Local area networks (LANs) are characterized as private networks that have proprietary communication protocols between client PC and server. With the exception of VPN (Virtual Private Network) communications, these services are not accessible by a computer other than those within the LAN. These servers are normally not vulnerable to outside (internet) attacks, however, they are susceptible to malicious code and virus infection from internal computers connected to them.

In order for Extranet services to be available to clients outside the LAN, HTTP protocol is used. Even though access is restricted to an assigned password, dictionary attacks by hackers that can overcome password protection are very common and powerful. Additional layers of security protection are necessary to mitigate hacker penetration. Although 100% security is impossible, a server using advanced securities measures can reduce the risk to manageable levels.

Web services open to the public are the most vulnerable. Even though some of these services require a password, user, any user, including hackers, can define the password. Interruption to these services can be the most damaging, as they are also the most public. These interruptions can be as benign as prolonged service outage or as critical as propagating malicious email or malware. In severe cases, phishing hacks prompt calls from the FBI and demand immediate attention. Without the appropriate level of expertise such conditions can evolve into significant branding injury, and prolonged outages.

Finally, applications using HTTP protocol are subject to Internet services availability. Most companies with on-site hosting of Extranet and Internet application services have a single point of failure. For example, if for some reason, their ISP (Internet Services Provider) fails, their Extranet and Internet application services also fail. The same conditions would apply to a power outage or other natural disasters.

The Managed Hosting Difference

By combining the best in class technology of VMware and the managed hosting services of VM Racks, your cloud infrastructure will be secure, stable and agile. You pay only for your resources and have the flexibility to add or remove infrastructure as you see fit. With advanced server monitoring and security scanning, you can be assured that your systems are always protected.

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