Hosting provider Internap has announced the beta availability of its ‘next-generation’ public cloud hosting platform, AgileCLOUD. This cloud platform is now 100% OpenStack ‘under the hood,’ which provides features that hybridized customers would find valuable – such as bare-metal cloud instances, static IP addresses, Layer 2 VLANs and compatibility with an existing hosting API (hAPI).
Designed for large-scale use cases, the next generation of Internap’s AgileCLOUD would allow customers to easily provision and manage thousands of virtual or bare-metal cloud AgileSERVER instances – to best fit their application and use case requirements – across Internap’s global cloud footprint, which includes locations in New York, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Amsterdam and Singapore.
Further enhancements to AgileCLOUD include:
- Flexible configuration options and hybridization – Customers can choose from more instance types and flexible configuration options to match cloud resources to specific application requirements. Bare-metal cloud AgileSERVERs will function as just another instance flavor, providing customers with a seamless choice on a per-application or per-instance basis. AgileCLOUD continues to support Layer 2 VLANs for hybridization across customers’ colocation and managed hosting services with Internap, all of which can be managed through a ‘single-pane-of-glass’ customer portal and API.
- High-performance storage – Ideal for latency-sensitive and I/O-intensive applications, AgileCLOUD provides 100% SSD for both local (ephemeral) and networked (persistent) block storage. With finely tunable, guaranteed QoS on block storage, AgileCLOUD would now solve the performance challenges typically associated with public cloud storage.
- Improved interoperability and no vendor lock-in – Customers can now leverage the management and interoperability benefits of the native OpenStack API and third-party OpenStack ecosystem for both virtualized and bare-metal cloud instances, including the ability to more easily hybridize between on-premise and third-party OpenStack clouds.
- Additional new functionality – Deeper OpenStack integration provides improved image management, block device management and security groups, among other enhanced capabilities.
This next-generation AgileCLOUD is underpinned by Internap’s Performance IP connectivity and Internap’s patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer (MIRO) technology, which analyzes network characteristics like jitter and packet loss and makes more than 15 million routing calibrations daily to deliver traffic over the best-performing path.
AgileCLOUD is being offered out of its Santa Clara data center and is available immediately to new and existing customers who register for the beta program. Participants in the AgileCLOUD beta will not be charged for virtualized infrastructure and will receive a $1,000 credit toward the service once it is generally available.
To sign up for the beta program, visit: http://www.internap.com/agilecloudbeta/.