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Tiered Services Leverage “Cloudbursting” to Provide Unique Competitive Advantage to Cloud Providers
SANTA CLARA, CA — May 12, 2010 — InMageÂ® (www.inmage.com), the leading independent software vendor of disk-based, business application recovery solutions for disaster recovery, further increased its focus on cloud computing through the introduction of “cloud-optimized infrastructure.” Cloud providers that utilize InMage within their infrastructure can offer customers a mix of solutions-oriented services that leverage “cloudbursting” to meet recovery, administrative, and production requirements in new ways that save time and money. Cloud providers can immediately expand their services offerings by deploying InMage as an infrastructure foundation to enhance their own public or hybrid cloud offerings, while end users can deploy it in private clouds as well.
Cloudbursting is a technique that, leveraging virtual server technology, allows application services to be brought up within the cloud on demand. InMage’s cloud-optimized infrastructure is unique in providing a full range of capabilities that automate the movement of application services and data into and out of the cloud at the push of a button. InMage’s cloud-optimized infrastructure platform leverages next generation recovery technologies like continuous data protection, application snapshot API integration, asynchronous replication, automated application recovery (failover/failback), integrated WAN optimization, storage capacity optimization, and disk-based recovery — all managed from within a single pane of glass that provides scalable administration and ease of use for both end users and cloud providers.
“In InMage’s view, cloudbursting is an emerging killer app for cloud-based services,” said Eric Burgener, senior vice president of marketing at InMage. “It adds an application flavor to the mix of on-demand services in a way that didn’t exist before. Cloud providers that can provision server, storage, and network resources on demand can now offer a broader set of tiered services that allow end users to ‘burst’ into and out of the cloud as necessary to address disaster recovery and business continuity requirements, offload maintenance and testing activities to secure cloud infrastructure as needed, and meet seasonal demand with expanded production application services — all without any impact to capital budgets.”
As a foundational technology, InMage offers key advantages of importance to both end users and cloud providers:
“InMage’s definition of ‘cloud-optimized infrastructure’ is raising the bar concerning what end users should expect from cloud providers,” said William Fellows, principle analyst at The 451 Group. “It represents another step in the direction of utility computing in a way that provides significant value to end users looking to take advantage of elastic information technology (IT) infrastructure.”
InMage’s cloud-optimized infrastructure addresses three main use cases:
Cloud optimized infrastructure is available immediately from InMage and is based on proven technologies that have been evolving and running in production environments over the last five years.
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