ATScloud Announces High Performance Flash-Array for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Applications

PureStorage Logo - RGBATScloud, a leader in secure, hybrid-cloud solutions, announced that they have released the ATScloud FlashArray VDI Platform, a flash-array solution for cloud-based, large-scale VDI. The new architecture matches the technical and commercial needs of medium and large customers, in terms of HA, performance, scalability, ease of deployment and operation.

ATScloud Desktop Virtualization Environment
Desktop Virtualization allows companies to standardize and centralize desktop management, reduce desktop support costs, and at the same time increase availability of the systems, data security, and workforce mobility. In the past, these significant benefits have come with a number of challenges, which slowed down market adoption of VDI. For example, storage requirements can fluctuate, reaching very high levels of IO/s during boot-storms or major configuration changes. This requires management and operations teams to have a methodological approach and expertise.

The ATScloud architecture is built upon ten years of deploying large scale VDI environments. This experience has resulted in an environment that is easier to deploy and manage for customers and partners. In addition, the solution is deployed using the latest in flash-array architecture. This combination of technologies allows for affordable large-scale deployments, overcoming the performance, scalability and commercial usability issues previously seen with other VDI solutions providers.

Flash-array outperforms speed of legacy spinning disk by order of magnitude
The new VDI architecture utilizes Pure Storage, Inc., provider of flash-array solutions. FlashArray was built to deliver the benefits of flash together with inline data reduction, to optimize storage utilization, performance and cost-savings for a variety of enterprise workloads, including server virtualization, VDI, and cloud computing. When compared to traditional disk-centric arrays, the Pure Storage FlashArray is faster and more space and power efficient, for less than the cost of mechanical disk per gigabyte stored.

A recent deployment of 600-users at Credit Protection Association Plc (CPA), resulted in an IO/s performance improvement averaging 20X times faster than the customer’s legacy spinning disk solution. In addition, storage consumption was sliced from 20TB in the previous system to less than 2TB in the ATScloud data center.

“The performance of the flash-array platform in our data center is keeping latency under one millisecond, even during boot storms,” said Alex Shapira, COO, ATScloud. “This has resulted in end customers seeing productivity boosts and more predictive user experiences throughout their day. Customers booting up in the mornings don’t affect users that are already logged in, and administrators are seeing a lower impact on systems during heavy write times, like virus scanning, patching and recomposing. All of these factors have resulted in very positive reviews from customers and partners alike.”

For ATScloud partners, this means they can sell a faster solution at an affordable price point.

Designed for deployments of 350 up to 5,000 end users, the FlashArray VDI Platform is for school districts, city governments, hospitals, universities and companies with a larger, distributed workforce, accommodating employees using multiple types of end-devices.

The ATScloud FlashArray VDI Platform is available through the company’s partner network.

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Come visit us at AutoTask Community Live! Miami, June 8-10th

ATScloud looking for MSPs interested in having their own cloud offering

Autotask_2014Autotask Community Live! is the live-and-in-person version of the Autotask Online Community. This event is the largest gathering of Autotask customers and partners across the globe with opportunities to network, share best practices, and to attend sessions, panel discussions and interactive forums conducted by Autotask employees and Autotask MVPs.

ATScloud will be there June 8-10 (Sunday-Tuesday), 2014 at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Miami, Florida looking for  MSPs, who are interested in having their own cloud offering.

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White Paper: Practical Considerations in Choosing an IaaS Solutions for your Business

An Introduction to IaaS Cloud Services

The cloud has long been a metaphor for the Internet. More recently, “cloud computing” has emerged as a Web-based model enabling access to a shared pool of configurable IT resources, such as servers, networks, applications, storage and services.

Cloud computing is rapidly growing in popularity principally because it is a convenient, cost-ef- fective way to add capacity or capabilities on demand, without having to invest in new infra- structure, license new software, or train personnel. Small to midsize businesses, in particular, are attracted to the advantages of migrating all or part of their IT infrastructure to the cloud.

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ATScloud Selected by ExaGrid Systems, Inc. to Deliver Secure BDRcloud Solutions Nationwide

ATScloud, a leading innovator and provider of hybrid-cloud services has been selected by ExaGrid Systems, the leader in scalable disk-based back-up solutions with data deduplication, as its strategic partner in delivering cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). This strategic partnership offers ExaGrid and ATScloud customers throughout the United States a true, secure-BDRcloud solution. New and existing ExaGrid customers now have the option to replicate their backup data to ATScloud, reducing or eliminating the need to vault tapes off-site for disaster protection.

This new collaboration, leveraging respective strengths and engineering expertise from both organizations, is a strong fit with market needs and is expected to spark immediate attention from ATScloud’s MSP partners and ExaGrid’s VARs due to the growing market demand for a scalable, secure cloud-based Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) solution. This breakthrough solution and partnership extends the award-winning ExaGrid disk- based deduplication capabilities to the cloud, providing distinctive benefits including:

  1. Advanced options for DR audit and rapid recovery of backup data in the event of a disaster,
  2. Flexibility to pay for only what is used, avoiding the need to overbuy capacity,
  3. Ability to add or remove capacity quickly as needs dictate; and
  4. No up-front capital costs for off-site storage of backup data for DR.

“Our announcement with industry leader ExaGrid is another solid step in our journey to build on our secure hybrid-cloud infrastructure and become a leader in the BDRcloud era,” said Steve Willard, ATScloud EVP Business Development. “This partnership will help us strengthen and anchor our BDRcloud solution for our dedicated MSP partners. ExaGrid is the perfect partner to help us fully realize and service the BDRcloud opportunities in the short and long term.”

Housed in a Tier 4 Data Center, the industry’s first comprehensive secure BDRcloud solution provides customers the best of both worlds: Significantly reducing the requirement for off-site storage of backup tapes while creating new deployment options for off-site, disk-based storage of backups.

Marc Crespi, ExaGrid VP, said, “The relationship with ATScloud represents a powerful opportunity for ExaGrid to significantly expand its presence throughout the United States, and extend it to other parts of the world over time. ATScloud has clearly demonstrated its ability to apply its considerable resources and expertise to not only enter the DRasS market, but to lead in it. We’re excited to partner with ATScloud as we focus our combined energies serving a broader range of customers with industry-leading backup and recovery solutions.”

About ExaGrid Systems, Inc.:

ExaGrid offers the only disk-based backup appliance with data deduplication, purpose-built for backup that leverages a unique architecture optimized for performance, scalability and price. ExaGrid is the only solution that combines compute with capacity and a unique landing zone to permanently shorten backup windows, eliminate expensive forklift upgrades, achieve the fastest full system restores and tape copies, and rapidly restore files, VMs and objects in minutes. With offices and distribution worldwide, ExaGrid has more than 5,200 systems installed at more than 1,600 customers, and more than 320 published customer success stories.

About ATScloud.com:

ATScloud enables customers and partners to scale up by providing hybrid-cloud solutions optimized to their business needs. The company offers the unique integration of enterprise-class infrastructure, a comprehensive cloud platform, unmatched expertise in hybrid-cloud design and the first comprehensive hybrid-cloud security suite. All of these elements unite under one roof with ATScloud, enabling clients to enjoy Fortune 500-caliber IT functionality without the upfront investment of infrastructure and internal staffing. Find more information at www.ATScloud.com

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Is The Cloud Ready for Your Client?

Your client has probably heard a lot about “the cloud”, and what it means, and why it’s the hot new thing.  Along with all that are articles about whether or not they are “ready for the cloud”, and “how to be prepared” for the cloud.

But why should they have to be ready for the cloud?  Shouldn’t the question really be “is the cloud ready for them?”  After all, it’s their data, their livelihood, that is being risked.  The cloud needs to prove to them that it can meet their needs and requirements, not the other way around.

Common concerns and questions revolve around:

  • Data security
  • Accessibility of the data
  • Ownership of the data
  • Investment protection
  • Costs (always)
  • Support

As an ATScloud Partner, your Cloud Services addresses each of these concerns to their benefit.  Let’s briefly discuss each:

  • Data Security:  Many clients are concerned that their data is stored off-site; however, the cloud can provide better physical and network security than most can afford on their own.
    • All client data is housed in a Tier IV Data Center, providing multiple power and network redundancies.
    • Client resources are specifically allocated, with no co-mingling with other clients’ data or resources.
    • Physical security includes:
      7×24 on-site guards
      Video surveillance
      Biometric access
      Intrusion detection and prevention
  • Accessibility:  Their data is accessible to them from any internet-connected location from just about any smart-device.  All data is behind carrier-class firewalls, and encryption protocols are available.
  • Ownership of the data:  The physical location of the data can be a concern in regards to who “owns” the data; this is particularly important for multi-national entities.  The ATScloud (your cloud) is physically located in Dallas, TX, and their data never leaves U.S. borders (unless they send it).  The data can be removed (with notice) from our cloud at any time; we can even arrange a tour of the Data Center where they can see the actual hardware that houses their data.
  • Investment protection:  Let’s face it — they’ve spent a lot of money on hardware and they can’t just throw it away.  The flexibility of the cloud allows them to migrate their applications at their speed; it’s not all-or-nothing.  Many of the solutions for clients include both on-site and cloud resources.  We even have a colocation option where they can house their hardware in the data center to free up real estate and migrate those applications when most appropriate.
  • Cost is always a consideration.  There are typically little or no up-front costs for a cloud solution, saving valuable capital dollars for other projects and needs.  The monthly charges are viewed as operating expenses, which can be advantageous tax-wise.  The cloud may not always be the cheapest alternative, but is very often the best value, providing the “best bang for the buck.”
  • Support:  The cloud solution is part of a managed services program that you provide; you are their first call for all support and help.

Hopefully, you can see that the cloud is, indeed, ready to meet your clients’ needs and expectations.  To be clear, the cloud is not the answer to every situation; however, a cloud-based component may be a vital and strategic portion of an overall solution.

There can be many advantages to utilizing the cloud; we’ve discussed just a few here.  Contact us to talk about your and your client’s specific requirements and how we can help design and implement the perfect solution for your clients.

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