OpSource Adds Managed Cloud Service

Hosting provider OpSource Tuesday added a suite of managed offerings to its cloud services.

OpSource's new Managed Services for the Cloud is targeted at enterprises that don't have the resources or desire to manage their systems or apps in the cloud.

It consists of two core offerings: Tech Ops and App Ops. Tech Ops allows organizations to procure server resources with complete systems monitoring, server provisioning and administration. App Ops adds application deployment, change management, data management, performance management, optimization and compliance services.

"We found a number of companies that are interested in migrating to the cloud that still need help with certain types of operations activities," said Keao Caindec, OpSource's chief marketing officer, in an interview.

Caindec described Tech Ops as a basic managed service that is targeted at smaller enterprises that want to get up and running in the cloud but may not have the internal expertise in house or simply want to offload the CPU and network administration.

"These customers may understand their own environment and know the .NET stack, but when it comes to actually setting up, monitoring, managing and keeping up and running in a virtualized environment in the cloud, they don't have the systems or IT support in house to do it," Caindec said.

"App Ops goes way beyond that," he added. "It is for companies that want to scale their applications in the cloud but want someone to help manage not just the OS and server resources but also the application itself."

OpSource has seven data centers worldwide for its managed hosting business. With Tech Ops and App Ops, the company has systems admins, network engineers and DBAs tasked with running multitenant apps in its cloud service. The company offers MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database hosting.           

Pricing for the services ranges from 5 to 60 cents per CPU hour, depending on the volume and level of service used.

The company also released a service called Hybrid Connect, a secure VLAN connection that lets customers create hybrid clouds. It does so by linking the company's Managed Hosting and Cloud Hosting environments, thereby combining resources in its public cloud service and dedicated hosting facilities.

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.


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