Showing posts with label Internap. Show all posts
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Internap Teams with Akamai for Cloud Security

Internap and Akamai Technologies announced an alliance to provide customers with Internap’s performance-optimized cloud, data center and network services combined with Akamai’s cloud security and data center protection services.

Internap will offer Akamai Cloud Security solutions to organizations in security-conscious industries – including financial services, healthcare and automotive – that require the infrastructure reliability, availability and scalability that Internap and Akamai jointly deliver. The alliance is expected to result in advanced web security solutions for organizations with performance-reliant applications and workloads, as well as more efficient access to both companies’ technologies.

“Organizations that demand optimal web and application performance simply can’t afford the potentially business-impacting outages and downtime associated with DDoS attacks,” said Michael Ruffolo, Internap’s president and CEO. “We believe this alliance is a logical and powerful combination that uniquely addresses this problem for our joint customers. Akamai will be our sole DDoS mitigation provider, bringing market-leading security capabilities to Internap’s state-of-the-art data center facilities and to our expertise in delivering high-performance cloud, colocation and networking services.”

http://www.internap.com
https://www.akamai.com/

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Internap's OpenStack Public Cloud Adds Mgt, Orchestration, Auto-Scaling

Internap enhanced its public, OpenStack-powered, "AgileCLOUD" with OpenStack Glance image management functionality and Heat orchestration and auto-scaling capabilities.

Glance’s image management capabilities facilitate interoperability between service providers and platforms. Internap customers can use Glance to quickly import disk images from other service providers onto AgileCLOUD and also move disk images from AgileCLOUD to other cloud or virtualized environments. Glance also gives users the ability to create and save custom server images from Internap base images, allowing engineers to provision customized server images more effectively and rapidly.

Heat auto-scaling capabilities let DevOps teams define additional rules for automatically provisioning new instances and terminating instances based on criteria such as CPU load or bandwidth traffic changes.

“As market demand increases for public cloud services to power performance-centric Web applications – from SaaS platforms to e-commerce sites – we’re seeing the engineering and DevOps teams responsible for keeping these applications up and running seek more effective and efficient ways to scale, customize and manage their infrastructure environments,” said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, at Internap. “By adding support for OpenStack Glance and Heat to our public cloud, we’re giving customers optimal control for their applications as well as powerful orchestration and auto-scaling capabilities needed to meet growing user demand.”

Both Glance and Heat are immediately available out of Internap’s Secaucus, N.J. and Dallas data centers, and will be rolled out in Internap’s Amsterdam facility at the end of July.

http://www.internap.com/press-release/internap-boosts-customization-scalability-openstack-public-cloud/

Monday, May 18, 2015

Internap Offers OpenStack Automated Bare-Metal Instances

Internap announced a new bare-metal service on the OpenStack platform that provides a high-performance IaaS option for devops teams to deploy mission-critical applications and big-data workloads on OpenStack.

Specifically, the initial release lets customers instantly provision and manage bare-metal instances, choosing from a range of server options that can be hybridized with Internap’s AgileCLOUD public cloud instances through the OpenStack Horizon management dashboard. The release features additional networking capabilities like IPMI, NIC bonding and up to 10 VLANs per environment, allowing customers to more efficiently deploy and support complex server and OS clustering use cases without needing to use more expensive hardware solutions.

In addition, Internap is now supporting OpenStack interoperability and identity federation, helping customers to move workloads securely and seamlessly across public and private clouds.

“We’re committed to enabling easy adoption of OpenStack for public and private clouds. With Internap’s new bare-metal servers on OpenStack, customers running data-intensive applications and workloads benefit from increased choice in deploying applications on virtual or dedicated server instances to meet their performance needs,” said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, at Internap. “Our OpenStack interoperability certification and the identity federation development will deliver on our vision of a seamless customer experience based on open standards.”

http://www.internap.com/press-release/internap-advances-openstack-performance-bare-metal-federated-identity-interoperability/

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Internap Takes its OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD to NY

Internap announced the availability of its OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD at its New York metro area data center in Secaucus, N.J. Opened in early 2014, Internap’s Secaucus facility is a true hybrid data center, offering Internap’s full range of infrastructure services. Customers can seamlessly link AgileCLOUD with bare-metal instances, as well as colocation and managed hosting environments, within the Secaucus facility and across other AgileCLOUD locations.

This is Internap’s fourth OpenStack public cloud location worldwide since its launch in 2014.  Other AgileCLOUD locations Other are Dallas, Montreal and Amsterdam.

“As enterprises increasingly adopt OpenStack for private clouds, they require public cloud platforms that provide the same level of interoperability as well as the performance and reliability needed to deploy their mission-critical applications at scale,” said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, at Internap. “Every aspect of Internap’s OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD is optimized for performance – from dedicated compute CPU options to all-SSD storage, route-optimized networking and powerful management tools – and the continued expansion of our footprint means even better reach and faster application performance for customers.”

http://www.internap.com/press-release/internap-openstack-public-cloud-location-new-york-metro/


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Internap Expands its OpenStack-Powered Public Cloud to Amsterdam

Internap is taking its OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD footprint to Amsterdam, furthering its positioning as a leading OpenStack public cloud provider.

The Amsterdam facility includes Internap’s bare-metal services.  In addition to Amsterdam, Internap offers its OpenStack-powered next-generation AgileCLOUD out of its Dallas, Texas and Montreal data centers.

AgileCLOUD is backed by all-SSD storage with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and Internap’s Performance IP™ bandwidth to deliver consistently higher network performance and lower latency to end users when compared to other public clouds. AgileCLOUD also offers two server tiers to match customers’ specific
performance requirements, each with configurable memory, CPU and SSD storage options.

The company is also announcing new OpenStack management capabilities in AgileCLOUD via an integrated OpenStack Horizon dashboard.

http://www.internap.com

Monday, May 12, 2014

Internap Launches an OpenStack-powered Public Cloud

Internap introduced its massively scalable, high-performance, next-generation AgileCLOUD that exposes native OpenStack API and delivers "out of the box" virtual and bare-metal hybridization.

The new Internap AgileCLOUD, which is one of the first public cloud services to be featured in new OpenStack Marketplace, aims to meet the demands of large-scale, performance-intensive application environments. Internap provides the added flexibility to hybridize AgileCLOUD with Internap colocation and hosting infrastructure, all of which can be monitored and managed through a single-pane-of-glass portal.

Internap said that by exposing the native OpenStack API, its AgileCLOUD enables customers to access the entire OpenStack ecosystem and avoid vendor lock-in. The goal is to allow customers to move workloads between AgileCLOUD and other cloud environments and leverage third-party management tools. Exposing the native API is one of the key criteria for inclusion in the OpenStack Foundation's new public cloud Marketplace, which is designed to help OpenStack "superusers" and those new to the platform better understand and make comparisons between OpenStack products and services.

Key features of Internap's AgileCLOUD:


  • Server performance tiers and custom configuration – For maximum flexibility, customers can choose from three configuration series, depending on their performance requirements. Options include two virtual instance series and a bare-metal series for applications that require the highest levels of performance consistency. Each series features configurable memory, CPU and SSD storage options.
  • All-SSD storage with guaranteed performance – Networked (persistent) storage is based on an SSD-imbued SAN, with each volume having a guaranteed number of IOPS. This prevents performance variations stemming from the "noisy neighbor" effect of multi-tenancy and guarantees Quality of Service (QoS). All-SSD local storage options are also available.
  • Cloud network optimization – AgileCLOUD is underpinned by Internap's Performance IP bandwidth to deliver consistently higher performance and lower latency to end users when compared to other clouds. Performance IP finds the fastest route across numerous carrier backbones worldwide with Internap's patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) technology, which analyzes network characteristics like jitter and packet loss and makes an average of 1,300 traffic optimizations per customer per hour.

"OpenStack offers a flexible platform that gives providers the ability to innovate and deliver cloud infrastructure that is free of vendor lock-in," said Internap's Christian Primeau, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting. "Building AgileCLOUD on OpenStack allowed us to focus on integrating the features that are central to our value proposition, including infrastructure hybridization and delivering best performance to end users. The result is an advanced open cloud computing solution that allows customers to meet a full range of workload needs, from large-scale, distributed environments to real-time, data-intensive applications."

"OpenStack is a platform that allows service providers to create innovative, open cloud solutions to meet today's performance, scale and flexibility demands," said Mark Collier, COO at the OpenStack Foundation. "The new OpenStack Marketplace features a broad array of products and services in supporting the OpenStack ecosystem, including Internap's AgileCLOUD."

http://www.internap.com

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Internap: Performance Top Concern of Cloud Users

There is a significant gap in public cloud infrastructure concerns between the cloud-wise, organizations that are currently using cloud services, and the cloud-wary, organizations that are not using cloud services and have no near-term plans to do so, according to survey conducted by Internap Network Services.

Some key findings:

  • A majority of the cloud-wary (40%) cited cloud security as a concern, whereas only 15% of the cloud-wise cited security as a challenge they’ve encountered.
  • Conversely, the top cloud challenges encountered by cloud-wise organizations were performance (30%) and cost at scale (28%), followed by reliability (22%), compliance (16%), security (15%) and limited configurations (15%).
  • 59% of respondents hosting big data applications in the cloud cited performance challenges.
  • 66% of respondents cited virtualization as a defining characteristic of a public cloud, even though public clouds do not require virtualization.
  • 63% of respondents said a bare-metal cloud would appeal to them. Most of these (73%) cited the “higher performance of dedicated servers” as the reason, and 35% said they would prefer a bare-metal cloud over a virtual cloud.

The survey, which polled nearly 250 Internet infrastructure decision makers globally, also sheds light on new challenges for organizations as they operate fast, big data applications in the cloud and reveals the common misconception that virtualization is a required characteristic of public clouds.

“The survey data clearly indicates that big data applications – such as those that enable personalization and targeting through customer insights, social analytics and location mapping – are pushing the performance limits of virtual public cloud environments at price-points that don’t make business sense,” said Gopala Tumuluri, vice president of hosted services at Internap.  “Performance and price are primary selection criteria for organizations choosing a public cloud provider. Yet, ironically, the top challenges organizations continue to face with their existing public cloud services are performance- and price-related.”

http://www.internap.com/press-release/internap-public-cloud-survey-reveals-performance-top-challenge-cloud-wise-organizations/


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Internap: Interest Grows for “Cloudy Colo” Services


IT organizations are seeking to transform their traditional colocation environments with “cloudy colo” capabilities that deliver hybridization with cloud services as well as cloud-like visibility and control, according to a survey conducted by Internap Network Services.

Internap polled more than 100 IT decision makers in the U.S. responsible for purchasing a range of IT Infrastructure services from colocation to cloud and hosting.  Internap said the results reveal strong interest in accessing the following cloud-like colocation services:

  • 88% – Bandwidth monitoring: gain insight into IP bandwidth utilization and trends, enhancing network capacity planning
  • 85% – Power utilization: view circuit-level power usage trends and logs of all initiated power cycle actions, improving planning for future power requirements
  • 77% – Equipment reboot: reboot or power down any configured device without incurring the expense of remote hands services or visiting the data center
  • 76% – Server health monitoring: check device power status and create alerts, helping to ensure equipment uptime
  • 72% – Hybridization with cloud and other IT Infrastructure services: procure cloud and hosting services and hybridize with colocation environment, more efficiently meeting diverse application needs
  • 67% – Inventory management: create and view colocation equipment for device-level inventory management and tracking

In addition, the survey showed that 57% of respondents are interested in a hybrid IT Infrastructure environment that includes a mix of colocation, cloud and hosting services to meet a range of application and use case requirements.

“Colocation, with its capex model, security, control and customization advantages, continues to be a critical infrastructure choice for many organizations. While cloud services are another important option, an all-cloud strategy isn’t appropriate for every situation. As a result, there’s growing interest not only in hybrid infrastructure solutions but in redefining the limitations of traditional colocation services by integrating the benefits of the cloud,” said Raj Dutt, senior vice president of technology at Internap.

More online.

http://www2.internap.com/cloudycolo

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Internap's NYC Data Center Flooded by Sandy

Internap's NYC data centers located at 111 8th Ave. and 75 Broad suffered damage and were knocked offline by Hurricane Sandy.  On Monday evening, Con Edison proactively cut electricity to lower Manhattan ahead of the storm surge. Both sites activated their back-up diesel generators.  However, the salt water flooded into the 75 Broad data center, compromising the diesel pumps.  The building was evacuated and the site eventually lost power.  

The data center at 111 8th Ave. continues to run on back-up power.  The company says there is enough fuel for several days and that it anticipates fuel deliveries in the event that commercial power is not quickly restored.

http://www.internap.com/2012/10/30/sandy-update-internap-nyc-data-centers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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