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Topic # 60977 6-May-2010 17:12
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Got this today and posted in our news section: ICONZ adds features to VERSA cloud services:


New Zealand-based ICONZ is set to launchg its next generation of cloud services. New features are being added to ICONZ VERSA’s, which has been available since 2008. The company already has more than 500 customers using the VERSA platform.

“Customers like BECA, Terabyte and RedVespa — to name just a few — use the ICONZ VERSA platform for its massive scalability, flexibility and cost effectiveness,” says Sean McDonald, CEO of ICONZ (pictured). “While other providers rush to catch the cloud computing hype train, ICONZ has been there for years, consolidating, investing and continuing to innovate with its customers.”

The company says it has learned that one-size cloud hosting doesn’t deliver the best results to all of its customers. “Ninety percent of web applications live perfectly well in the shared cloud environment,” says McDonald, “but 10 percent need special care, and it’s to this 10 percent we’re paying special attention.”

To this end, ICONZ is now launching two new VERSA services, which have been six months in the planning and testing.

VERSA ENTERPRISE is the next generation of cloud computing from ICONZ. Companies can now specify their own standalone and segmented ‘private clouds’ on customised blade server hardware and dedicated SAN, all within the high-availability VERSA environment.

The benefit of this is that unique and high load application environments can be better served, capital costs kept to an absolute minimum, staff overheads are reduced and software licences can be leveraged. ICONZ manages everything on its customers’ behalf and its all on a pay as you go basis, which is the one of the cornerstones of cloud computing.

“The VERSA ENTERPRISE service will be particularly appealing to IT resellers and integrators who are looking to provide ‘cloud services’ to their customers,” says McDonald. “Creating a physical environment within the VERSA platform and being able to specify the hypervisor and software layer will present unique options for New Zealand IT resellers. In this sense, we’ve spent millions so our clients don’t have to,” says Sean McDonald.

VERSA PROJECT, the second groundbreaking, was born from an internal ICONZ project requiring huge computing capacity for short periods only. “As in many IT projects, we had a need for a number of test and development servers over many months and didn’t want to incur the capital cost of buying hardware for only a short period of use,” says McDonald.

The answer was simple. With its VERSA platform, ICONZ sized and deployed servers as required and provisioning them as needed for the project. During the periods where they were not required, the computing resources were returned to the pool but the server environments themselves were backed up for later use. “It was through this process and discussions with other software developers that we realised we had a world-beating and world-first service of our own.”

VERSA PROJECT allows customers to scale their project computing power as required and only pay for time when their servers are active. In the inactive periods, the servers are backed up for future use and re-provisioned whenever needed. Unlike the base VERSA service, where customers pay for monthly usage, VERSA PROJECT servers are purchased in weekly time blocks. Whenever they are used, the time is deducted from their allocation. Outside of this time, everything is backed up ready for the next usage period. No use, no fees.

ICONZ is also launching its new Partner Program today, focusing on resellers, integrators, developers and Saas providers. The team set about designing a flexible program that made ICONZ managed hosting services and in particular, the VERSA Cloud Computing service, available to partners.

The new VERSA ENTERPRISE and VERSA PROJECT services can now be sold via the ICONZ partner community to their clients, integrated with their own solutions.

The ICONZ partner program enables new and existing businesses, to strengthen their position through referrals and reselling of the ICONZ VERSA Cloud Computing platform and other associated managed hosting services from ICONZ.


Geekzone is hosted at ICONZ (we are using their colocation services though. We don't use VERSA, although I had an early access to their platform before launch back in 2008).





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  Reply # 327497 6-May-2010 19:08
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Sorry, I found it hard to see past the jargon and hyperbole... how is this different to any other VPS solution?



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  Reply # 327504 6-May-2010 19:18
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Consider one other provider around here which seems to have lost their SAN and have problems keeping their VPS service up and running... Then add that ICONZ does have quite a good network infrastructure, and then perhaps, only perhaps you will notice they have a good offering ;0)





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  Reply # 327510 6-May-2010 19:46
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I was just having a jab at another "cloud" offering which is really just a VPS service. And that press release was making fun of other providers that are "jumping on the bandwagon"...

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  Reply # 327516 6-May-2010 20:07
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So I just had a quick read of the ICONZ site and it appears that this is just a colocation service with some fancy cloud branding. Maybe I'm missing something but it seems that ICONZ are the ones jumping on the bandwagon here.



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  Reply # 327520 6-May-2010 20:12
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It's actually a VPS service. Colocation is a bit different. The new VERSA Project service is the closest to a cloud server, with charges on actual use (a minimum of a week for each run applies though). The standard VERSA is a VPS service though.





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  Reply # 327529 6-May-2010 20:21
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Right, I was looking at the VERSA Enterprise product which seems to be a server/storage rental scheme. I just get a bit tired of everyone slapping the word Cloud onto all their offerings.
Oh well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em - time to launch Amanzi Cloud Stuff.



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  Reply # 327532 6-May-2010 20:22
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What will Amanzi Cloud Stuff have? Amanzi App Engine? Amanzi .Net Support?

Because this is what "cloud computing" is for me. Anything else is just virtual servers sold with some extra features.





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  Reply # 327533 6-May-2010 20:23
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Yes, yes, yes, we will support everything and will charge by the millisecond - groundbreaking stuff...



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  Reply # 327535 6-May-2010 20:24
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  Reply # 327537 6-May-2010 20:27
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right, back to the drawing board...



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  Reply # 327538 6-May-2010 20:29
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Mind you, I posted here because even if we disagree with the "cloud" badge applied to all of the service, I still think it is of interest to IT Pros (this forum section) and a useful service to know about.






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  Reply # 327539 6-May-2010 20:35
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freitasm: Mind you, I posted here because even if we disagree with the "cloud" badge applied to all of the service, I still think it is of interest to IT Pros (this forum section) and a useful service to know about.



Because the big font, photo and reprint of the press release on the front page wasn't enough? :)



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  Reply # 327540 6-May-2010 20:39
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Because a lot of the traffic is split. You don't know our audience as I do. A big chunk of the New Zealand audience comes directly to the forums and don't look on the front page.

Or you never noticed that we post something in the front page, just to have someone come around and post "I saw this in another site..."?

*sigh*




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  Reply # 327552 6-May-2010 21:09
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freitasm: Mind you, I posted here because even if we disagree with the "cloud" badge applied to all of the service, I still think it is of interest to IT Pros (this forum section) and a useful service to know about.


Yup, I'm glad it was posted here. I don't read the front page of Geekzone - I just subscribe to the RSS feeds of the forums I'm interested in (IT Pros, and TelstraClear)

I do find these services interesting, I just oppose the abuse of the C word.

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  Reply # 327559 6-May-2010 21:39
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freitasm: Because a lot of the traffic is split. You don't know our audience as I do. A big chunk of the New Zealand audience comes directly to the forums and don't look on the front page.

Or you never noticed that we post something in the front page, just to have someone come around and post "I saw this in another site..."?

*sigh*


Firstly sorry, was just poking a bit of fun after seeing the huge photo with the Iconz guy in the background on the front page.

Appreciate that GZ gets a lot of views just to the forums.

Will pull my head in now.

Tim

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