Worldstream, a fast-growing provider of IT infrastructure solutions with over 15,000 servers deployed in company-owned data centers in the Rotterdam/The Hague region, the Netherlands, has launched a fully new software-defined product range with 12 new infrastructure IT solutions ‘as-a-service.’
The new as-a-service product portfolio, which is based on the recently launched Worldstream Elastic Network (WEN), was developed by Worldstream’s own R&D department in response to the growing use of cloud and hybrid IT infrastructures, as well as the corresponding flexibility and scalability needs of IT companies.
The Worldstream Elastic Network (WEN) recently being announced is a high-security software defined network (SDN) that delivers high bandwidths and serves as an interconnection platform between and inside data centers. As an IaaS provider, Worldstream is now offering 12 new infrastructural IT solutions as-a-service based on the Worldstream SDN technology.
Worldstream currently offers software-defined, ‘as-a-service’ infrastructure IT solutions such as private cloud (VMware based), object storage, block storage, firewalls, bare metal/dedicated servers, anti-DDoS, colocation, cloud onramps, and more. Worldstream plans to gradually add more infrastructure solutions to its as-a-service offering.
The new as-a-service IT solutions, as well as the Worldstream Elastic Network on which they are built, take use of Worldstream’s global network backbone, which has a high bandwidth capacity of 10Tbit/s and a network usage rate of 45 percent.
“For the 12 new as-a-service IT solutions, it means there is plenty of bandwidth available for the connections that customers can create à la minute between data centers and within their own data center environment,” said Tim Vollebregt, Director of Network & Cloud Services at Worldstream and responsible for R&D activities. “In fact, the Worldstream global network is the backbone for the as-a-service services we are launching today. EVPN-VXLAN technology provides a virtualized layer on top of this network, while the in-house designed intelligence in the SDN-controller ensures that the various infrastructure services can be combined with each other as modular building blocks – dynamically, scalably, quickly and above all very easily.”
With its infrastructural IT solutions as-a-service, Worldstream focuses on IT firms such as managed service providers (MSPs), cloud service providers (CSPs), systems integrators, and other IT channel companies that provide the setup and management of IT infrastructures for end users with its infrastructure IT solutions as-a-service.
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Availability, European Expansion
The 12 new as-a-service solutions will be first supplied from Worldstream’s own data centers in the Rotterdam-The Hague region in the Netherlands, and will be dynamically integrated via Worldstream’s SDN. Clients from across the Netherlands can utilize these as-a-service options. It’s also feasible to connect to additional data centers in the Netherlands as well as all of the country’s office sites. Worldstream plans to expand its as-a-service offering globally later this quarter, as well as debut it in other parts of Europe.
“With over 15,000 physical servers installed in our data centers, we are now a major player in the Dutch market. Also, the extensive global proprietary network with 10Tbit/s of bandwidth shows that Worldstream is a player of stature,” said Robin Lim, Director Sales & Marketing at Worldstream. “Worldstream’s tremendous growth over the past few years is the direct result of our ability to capitalize on customer-specific needs while offering them a competitive price/quality ratio for the infrastructural IT solutions we provide. The as-a-service product innovations we are launching today represent a significant new step in facilitating current and future infrastructure customer needs. It closely aligns with the growing market need for ultimate flexibility, cost control and ultra-fast time-to-market for the setup of all kinds of data center services related to cloud and hybrid IT infrastructures.”
Worldstream is currently offering the following infrastructural IT solutions as-a-service. These can be dynamically connected via the Worldstream Elastic Network (WEN):
- Bare Metal/Dedicated Servers – Physical servers deployed in data centers where Worldstream’s 10Tbit/s global backbone has its presence. These servers can be delivered ‘as-a-service’ and combined through WEN with the other infrastructure solutions being offered.
- Cluster-as-a-service – Servers deployed in a geographically dispersed infrastructure can work together as a single entity through the cluster-as-a-service offering. Workloads on bare metal can be easily moved to public or private cloud, and vice versa.
- Firewall – This virtual firewall helps users protect applications, files and services. Worldstream’s firewall-as-a-service can be customized to meet unique user needs.
- Cloud On-Ramp – To facilitate the establishment of hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments, this on-ramp provides secure direct access to all public cloud providers including Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud.
- Object Storage – For scalable storage of large amounts of unstructured files with desired high throughput, for example also when storage in many different regions is required.
- Block Storage – For high-performance storage of large amounts of data, for the purpose of database or transaction applications and I/O intensive workloads.
- Colocation – Customer equipment housed in one of Worldstream’s data centers in the Netherlands or internationally can be seamlessly incorporated into hybrid IT environments through this colocation-as-a-service solution.
- Anti-DDoS – An innovative DDoS scrubbing solution that protects against the most powerful DDoS attacks, partly due to Worldstream’s global network backbone with massive bandwidth capacity (10 Tbit/s).
- Private Cloud – A VMware-based client-specific cloud environment, with firewall and redundant iSCSI SAN all-flash storage included. With multi-datacenter set-ups as an option.
- 3rd Party Datacenter – For quickly and cost-effectively creating secure direct connections to other data centers in the Netherlands and internationally.
- Multi Location – A multi-location data center setup is easily achieved through this solution. Worldstream is able to offer the as-a-service solutions on multiple locations in Europe.
- Fiber to the Business – This solution makes it possible to seamlessly connect any business location in the Netherlands and use Worldstream’s infrastructural IT solutions at these locations.
Worldstream is based in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, and was founded in 2006. In its data centers, the firm now has more than 15,000 dedicated servers installed. For clients all around the world, the security-focused Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider offers customized dedicated servers, colocation services, and denial-of-service (DDoS) protection. Cloud service providers (CSPs), managed service providers (MSPs), systems integrators (SIs), broadcasters, Internet service providers (ISPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), small and medium businesses (SMBs), and enterprises are among its customers.
Worldstream offers a worldwide network with a total capacity of 10Tbit/s and a network utilization of 45 percent, allowing clients to scale easily and readily survive DDoS attacks. Worldstream’s servers are hosted at Greenhouse Datacenters’ facilities (Worldstream’s sister company), which run two extremely energy-efficient data centers in Naaldwijk, in the Rotterdam/Den Haag area in the Netherlands.