Equium Holding, an organization with successful hosting infrastructure brands including Argeweb, Amsio and SaasNow, has launched a new ‘open’ public cloud platform with global reach. The new cloud platform, KISS (kiss.cloud) is fully based on HPE Helion OpenStack. The founders intent to distinguish the platform from competitors through its openness, simplicity and the choice for HPE.
KISS stands for ‘Keep It Smart & Simple’ and its principle is to supply its public cloud in a simple way, in a “high-speed quality” HPE infrastructure, via local data centers and with an open character.
Once introduced, KISS will be immediately available from Amsterdam, one of the biggest Internet hubs in the world. Soon, KISS will have 9 data center locations in Europe and New York available. As the regulations governing data security differ per country or continent, KISS considers it important to be able to offer its services as locally as possible – close to their clients. Many more local data centers are already scheduled for deployment in 2017.
“An optimal combination of the Open Source hypervisor with the hardware is assured through the use of the OpenStack implementation of HPE,” said Gerben van Leeuwen, CEO of KISS. “Despite choosing for maximum quality, KISS is extremely competitive in terms of price. We consider a fair price and an open platform important for our target group. Because we handle support issues as much as possible online, and accept only online payments, we can minimize a lot of overhead.”
The KISS public cloud platform is fully equipped with high-speed All Flash SSD drives. “We know that there is a huge market for KISS amongst techies, devOps and professionals,” said Ruben van der Zwan, CTO of KISS. “In addition to our user-friendly public cloud portal, the user also has access to the Horizon version of HPE Helion, as well as to the complete API. We have set up the platform in the way we would have liked it ourselves if we were going to make use of the public cloud. In other words: always knowing where your data is, using proven technologies and on a platform without lock-in.”
“We’re focused on making hybrid IT simple for customers, and the KISS platform is a great example of how we’re working with partners to do so,” said Xavier Beauchamps, Vice President, Worldwide Indirect Digital Services, HPE. “Customers can choose a straightforward cloud solution, with the peace of mind that it’s powered by high-quality HPE infrastructure.”