Cloud and CDN software provider OnApp is certainly finding itself on cloud nine this week, and it has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day.
This week at Cloud Connect, an event bringing together the entire cloud ecosystem to better comprehend how companies are addressing the cloud transformation, OnApp shared with TMCnet its two latest announcements and just how the company is making waves in the cloud market.
First, OnApp revealed on Tuesday that its next-generation platform for public, private and hybrid cloud deployments, OnApp Cloud, is now available for anyone to build, test and deploy their own cloud – at no cost. Those attending Cloud Connect this week can get a sneak tryout before the platform is generally available.
According to Ditlev Bredahl, OnApp CEO, who sat down with TMCnet on the second day of the show, OnApp’s mission is simple: to help hosting companies build successful cloud systems. With OnApp Cloud, users reap the benefits of cutting-edge IaaS functionality with billing and user management, a simplified Web control panel, and a quick deployment model. The free version supports clouds with up to 16 hypervisor CPU cores.
“Building your own cloud used to be extremely costly and time-consuming,” said Bredahl in a prepared statement. “With OnApp Cloud, however, we removed those barriers to entry. It’s easy to deploy and easy to manage, and with our new free version you can experience the same functionality you’d get from a leading cloud provider, free of charge. Now anyone with a little Linux and networking knowledge can build their own cloud, and we want to encourage more businesses, hosts and service providers to try the OnApp Cloud platform and see just how intuitive and efficient the cloud can be.”
North American growth has also been a core focus for OnApp, as the U.K.-based company also confirmed this week the opening of a new office in Logan Utah, which will become home to its Level-1 support staff and help to further capitalize on OnApp’s dedication to delivering 24/7/365 global phone and e-mail support to customers. Ryan Weight, OnApp’s first line support manager, will be responsible for office operations at the new headquarters, which open later this month.
In addition, OnApp revealed the appointment of Behshad Behnam as North American director of Sales, and Chris Younger, a pre-sales specialist. Behnam will be based out of OnApp’s Washington, D.C. office, and Younger will operate from Dallas.
These new hires, as well as two more strategic sales positions in the works, are all part of OnApp’s rapid U.S. expansion, much of which has been fostered by the North American cloud market.
“Whenever we find someone that’s really good, I open a new office around them,” Bredahl said charismatically.
Since OnApp launched in July 2010, the company has completed more than 800 cloud deployments. To date, one in three public cloud hosting services are now powered by its OnApp core cloud platform, which is simply placed in clients’ data centers.
As described by Bredahl, there are three main concerns hosting companies have when it comes to the cloud: time to market; being able to compete with cloud giants like Amazon Web Services (News - Alert); and, not surprisingly, security.
Bredahl said OnApp is addressing all these by having a quick-to-market, competitive, cost-effective and highly secure solutions model.
“What we do is we help hosting companies remain profitable and competitive,” Bredahl told TMCnet. “The best way of doing that is to enable them to be better than big guys out there.”
However, when it comes to security, Bredahl has a rather unique perception on all the hype: “I think it’s been overrated. People have this misconception of data flying around because it’s in the cloud. Data doesn’t like to move. There’s a lot of education to be done here.”
So, what’s next for OnApp?
“Our company has moved from three phases. The first phase was us helping from a software perspective. The second phase is to give clients geographical reach… Our third phase is coming, and that will be where the service part and ecosystem around our platform will be more important than itself,” said Bredahl.
To learn more about OnApp and to get a preview of the company’s new free cloud hosting platform, be sure to stop by booth No. 315, where OnApp will also demo the latest version of its OnApp CDN platform, which allows service providers to broaden their cloud portfolio with global content delivery services without the high expense of a CDN infrastructure.
Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves
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