CenturyLink Inc. unit Savvis has announced a service called AppGrid, described as an on-demand, pay-as-you-go, private cloud service that enterprises can use to test, build, and deploy applications.
When someone says pay-as-you-go cloud service, I think of Amazon Web Services LLC. But here's what Savvis offers as a few bullet points that make it different from Amazon:
- savvisdirect cloud is housed in reliable, specific Savvis data centers -- and not zones that seem to go down frequently.
- savvisdirect uses Xen hypervisor.
- savvisdirect comes with access to savvisdirect's FastForward Onboarding and real, live 24/7 customer support.
- AppGrid can be deployed in less than two business days.
- Savvis is also more than just a pure-play cloud provider. Savvis offers plenty of options.
The verdict? I still don't know. It sounds to me like Savvis thinks AppGrid is special just because Savvis is doing it. But the company is moving its story along and discussing a specific service, compared to the more broad overview it gave Light Reading in November.
It is noteworthy that a telco unit is getting into this level of cloud-based services. The words pay-as-you-go and on-demand are just about never associated with the companies that sell DSL and T-1 connections. I mean, that is why I thought of Amazon first.
— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading