Nassau-based Cloud Carib is announcing the immediate availability of hosted virtual datacenters, delivered securely as a service on VMware’s (NYSE:VMW) market-leading vCloud platform.
“The paradigm shift from legacy IT infrastructure platforms to the advent of cloud computing offers organizations with the on-demand flexibility, resiliency, scalability and cost control enabled with cloud-based infrastructure,” said Anthony Giorgi, member of the Advisory Board of Cloud Carib and former Sales Director of Q9 Networks (recently acquired by an investor group which included Bell Canada). “We are introducing a proven, world-class offering to the Caribbean market, enabling firms to take advantage of the latest best-in-class cloud technologies supported by VMware without the associated up-front capital investment.”
Hosted infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a proven delivery model currently utilized by more than 8,000 VMware cloud service providers around the world, handling mission-critical workloads for customers like the NYSE Euronext, TD Bank, Ducati, and more.
“Recently, ESG conducted a study (http://www.eweek.com/cloud/iaas-finding-favor-among-businesses-vmware/) showing that 67% of mid-market and enterprise companies surveyed are now running what they view as mission-critical workloads on IaaS, while more than 80 percent of IaaS customers surveyed are running production workloads on IaaS.” This puts Cloud Carib in a unique position to benefit from the tremendous demand we are seeing in the fast-growing Cloud IaaS space,” said Leonardo F. Gonzalez-Morillo, Sales Director, North of Latin America for VMware.
Mid-market and Enterprise Caribbean firms operating in sectors that require secure, compliant, and validated IT infrastructures (for example banking, legal, and government agencies), are the ones to benefit most from Cloud Carib’s new offshore Cloud IaaS offering. The major benefits include:
-Shorter implementation time compared to building a virtual infrastructure on-premise. A virtual datacenter can be provisioned in a matter of hours, versus having to wait for several days to procure, setup, and configure new hardware, and clear customs.
-Simplified administration, since back-end management is handled by VMware-certified engineers, and automated by the vCloud stack.
-Reduced electricity cost and datacenter footprint. Also redundant power, connectivity, and cooling, since Cloud Carib’s hardware is hosted in the biggest datacenter in Nassau, with a track record of no outages in more than 3 years.
-Elastic capacity, allowing the provisioned resource pools to scale as the customer needs change, paying only for what they actually use.
-Flexible billing; typically customers register the service costs as operating expenses (OpEx), making it easier to obtain approvals when compared to capital expenses (CapEx).
-Easy management and monitoring: for customers already virtualized on vSphere platform, vCloud Connector plug-in is available, offering centralized management of their on-premise and remotely-hosted resources from their familiar vCenter client.
IDC predicts that worldwide spending on professional services related to building or implementing cloud services revenue will grow 44% over 5 years, reaching $16.7B in 2015. This growth rate is 10x faster than that of the overall IT services market during the same time period. Cloud Carib also assists customers if they need assistance when moving their legacy systems to the cloud, and offers a cloud migration service, with details at www.cloudcarib.com.
The service is offered with limited availability; existing Cloud Carib customers have priority access to this new offering. Additional slots will be offered in Q1 2013 when more availability zones are added, to address the needs of customers with specific data domicile requirements.
About Cloud Carib Ltd.
Cloud Carib, a Citrix-certified and VMware-certified Enterprise partner in The Bahamas, offers a range of world-class cloud computing and IT solutions, with a core focus on infrastructure and application virtualization. Headquartered in Nassau and servicing the Caribbean region, Cloud Carib enables huge cost savings and operational improvements in organizations of all sizes. The company provides cloud computing solutions and services to customers in the government, financial, hospitality and healthcare markets.