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.
brookseven, User Rank: Light Sabre 2/9/2013 | 4:52:44 PM
re: CenturyLink Unit Touts New Cloud Service It would all be about pricing and what is going on at the client. -αIn my case, I have test servers in our IT closet and spare servers in our data center so there is no value to me. -αIf you were trying to buy no hardware and have no owned equipment it might be a good model.
Phil Harvey, User Rank: Light Beer 2/8/2013 | 3:49:10 PM
re: CenturyLink Unit Touts New Cloud Service IWeek's piece on the same subject has more technical detail about how the service functions. The general idea is that Savvis is paying close attention to security and privacy, and balancing that with performance, so that enterprise app performance isn't compromised during testing.
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